Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Return of the Artpens

As you know, if you've read my previous post, I sent away my Koh-i-noor Artpens to Pen Dr. extraordinaire Richard Binder back in November 2011. He said it would take around 16 weeks or so before he could perform miracle surgery on the damaged nibs. 16 weeks is a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time when you are anxiously awaiting their return.
It got me to thinking that there were people out there (I'm talking to YOU Mr. Matt Groening!) who may have more pens stockpiled than I do...and they might have MORE working pens than I have!!!
The weeks went by. Luckily I still had 3 working pens to draw with.

Then I received an e-mail from the Pen Doctor telling me the pens were being shipped on April 18!!! But... there were these words regarding the extra nibs I had hoped would be fixable...
"All of the other art pen nibs are cracked and useless"!!! AAAAARRRRRGHHHHH!

At last! The package arrived!!!

I opened it and unwrapped the precious, priceless (OK, ebay sellers put some prices on them, pretty HIGH prices, curse them!) Artpens:

Inside were 3 completely repaired artpens!

and the beautiful old pen had been repaired like new!
  and a rebate for the unrepaired ones.

 Moment of silence for doomed nibs:

Moving on... and testing out the pens 

Oh, happy day! What could be better than dependable pens to draw with???


  1. It's enough to make one pensive!

  2. Yaaaaay! I see you have the one with the black barrel too! Awesome! so glad to hear that everything turned out okay!

  3. Hi John,
    Thank you! Nice to hear from you, another Artpen fan! Yes, a happy ending, but can one ever have enough Artpens? I think not. I am always on the look out. I still think there must be someone out there who has the technology to make them, again.

  4. Shame nothing can be replaced it seems, though you'd think with 3D printers these days, it could possibly be done.

  5. Chris, what a brilliant idea! 3D printer artpens. They can make working guns, after all!

    1. That's true, assuming such printers can be used with metallic materials. I just think it could be possible as long as there's enough interest and resources necessary to make it happen.