The Pen Museum was a collection of over 3000 pens, pencils and ball points, built and maintained by my father, Arthur Twydle, over a period of 60 years.
Before his death in 2005, my father was the U.K.s leading expert on Pen Craft, known and respected in the trade as 'The Master'.
Sadly, the time has come for The Pen Museum, which now no longer exists as a vistor centre, to be wound up completely. I am breaking down many of the writing instruments to use as spares for the repair workshop, and selling off the rest to others who can put them to good use.
The purpose of this site, therefore, is to provide a full pen repair and restoration service and to offer for sale some of the tools and spare parts as well as the quality vintage pens that once graced the shelves of The Pen Museum.
Additionally, I have reproduced under the 'Masterclass' link, some of the many articles by Arthur and myself on the subject of Pen Craft that I hope you will find both interesting and useful.
You can select your area of interest from the following choices.:
The Pen Museum Collection - Vintage pens for sale
The Wizard's Workshop - Repair or restoration of your treasured writing instrument
How to order
Don't be thrown by the fact there is no order form on this site. The items change so rapidly that it is not practical. Just jot down the simple reference numbers of the items you are interested in, then send me an email to check if they are still available, as most are limited stock.
Payment & Postage
U.K. customers by cheque or, for a faster turnaround, by cash, P.O. or debit/credit card using Paypal.
Overseas customers - by debit or credit card through Paypal
Second-class postage in the U.K. is FREE or you can opt for insured and tracked at £7. Normal airmail anywhere in the world is £4 - or £10 insured and tracked. (Books are heavier, low cost items and therefore have to carry an additional postage charge.)
My father began in the pen business shortly after returning from the war. He opened his first specialist pen shop in 1949 and over the years built a chain of shops in the North of England.
He received his training in pen repairs at the factories of all the major pen companies in the U.K. and Europe - Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman, Montblanc etc. and went on to open a service department to undertake repairs for all the U.K.'s major department stores and stationers.
I joined the family business on leaving college in 1964, trained in fountain pen repair by The Parker Pen Company - and my father of course, at whose feet they nicknamed me 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'.
After Arthur retired he spent his time restoring vintage pens, designing repair tools and teaching others his expertise via his famous 'Masterclass' courses, while I continued to run the business with the web site as the new 'shop window'.
My father bequeathed me a treasure-house of knowledge and experience and I have been privileged to continue his life's work.
The Pen Museum
- The Pen Museum 'For Sale' Collection
- The Wizard's Workshop
- Tools & Spares
- Masterclass 2
- Masterclass 3
- Masterclass 4
- Masterclass 5
- Masterclass 6
- Masterclass 7
- Masterclass 8
- Masterclass 10
- Masterclass 11
- Masterclass 12
- Miscellaneous Pens
- Miscellaneous Items
- Limited Editions