About & Contact


David Armstrong lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He specializes in artifact restoration and conservation including, but not limited to, reading and writing tools, letterpress, and tools for the fibre arts. Additionally, he produces a limited line of parts and fine specialty tools for fountain pen restoration work.

He has been involved in restoration and antiques for over 30 years; items restored by him are in museum collections in Ontario, Canada. He has consulted with various institutions concerning artifact conservation, restoration, display, de-accession, and fund-raising.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at antiques@restorersart.com
    • Via Post Office (sorry, no FedEx, UPS, or Purolator), using a method with tracking. Please contact us in advance via email, so as to avoid the confusion that results from unknown surprise packages! Feel free to email us for a shipping address.

Pens for repair can be mailed to, or dropped off in person at:

• Laywine’s Pens & Organizers, 25 Bellair Street, Toronto, Ontario M5R 3L3 (one block north of Bloor, in Yorkville)
• Papeterie Nota Bene, 3416, Ave du Parc, Montréal, Québec H2X 2H5

A reasonable service charge will apply to cover postage & handling, and you will be given a receipt at the time of drop-off. This fee is no more than regular shipping would cost you through the Post Office.

Laywine’s and Nota Bene cannot do in-store estimates. They are great stores, and their expertise is in working with you, but they do not have experts in vintage pen repair in-house. If you would like an estimate, please tell them when you drop your pen off, or enclose a note with your shipment. I would be happy to provide an approximate cost before doing the work.

Our arrangement with Laywine’s is that, by consigning a repair, you are pre-authorizing up to $130 worth of work. Any more than that, and you will be contacted before I proceed. Most pens require far less cost than that, but this amount is not uncommon, especially when rebuilding pens that have been bought from ebay or the antique trade. As mentioned, if you want an estimate first, just let them know in advance.