Fountain Pen Restoration

A Dixie in Michigan

In previous posts – A Yankee in Minnesota and A Yankee in Michigan, I have discussed the restoration of two George Kraker pens. Here is another one, a DixiE, made in Grand Haven, Michigan. This is the location that Kraker moved to after Minnesota and prior to his move to Libertyville, IL.

I wonder if he had a thing for the Civil War…Yankee Pens and then Dixie Pens.

Here is a picture of the Dixie after I have taken it apart. There was no j – bar inside the pen which leads me to believe that it had been taken apart at some point, though the sac remains were inside the barrel, as you can see. This remains a mystery. You can also see that the jade green color has held up quite well over the years.

I knocked the nib and feed out of the section thoroughly cleaned them. The nib and feed went in the ultrasonic cleaner and the section was cleaned with a qtip and water. The cap had some ink residue in it and I also cleaned this with water and qtips. A new j-bar was installed (large size) and a size 18 sac fit nicely on to the section/feed/nib and into the barrel. Remember to put a bit of pure talc on the sac for good measure.


Here is a picture of the completed pen, which measures 5 3/8 inches closed. It is roughly the same size as several similar pens of the period. I have a Diamond Medal and Blue Ribbon which are very similar in size and color.


The nib is a large Dixie Number 8. I like the fact that this pen has a proprietary nib and not just a Warranted 14K Number 8.


The imprint is also very well preserved. This is a nice example of a relatively rare Dixie made in Grand Haven, Michigan.


Keeping an eye open for some of these Kraker Pens (Pencraft, Dixie, Yankee..) can yield some very nice pens at reasonable prices.


August 1, 2008 - Posted by | Dixie Fountain Pens, Kraker, Yankee Pen | ,


  1. Nice pen. Wish I could find one of those, especially in that jade color.

    Comment by jonro | August 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. Amen, John! Me for (probably) different reasons than you, though. I was born and raised about 35 minutes or so from Grand Haven, and I’m pretty sure that I know exactly where Kraker Pens were manufactured. The history is neat, for me. However, I’ve got to say…Phil’s got some of the best-preserved jade flattops of any collection I’ve ever seen! Someday I want a couple of ’em like that!

    Comment by rroossinck | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. I just found one of these while cleaning out our garage. It doesn’t work, and I have no idea how to restore it. The nib looks fine, albeit a bit stained by ink. Any tips for someone not very familiar with fountain pens, or should I leave it to someone else? Feel free to check my blog as I just made a post about it.


    Comment by ThirdeYe | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  4. i have got a dixie unbreakable libertyville il. mainly green swirled with little bits of black white yellow but its a mechanical pencil

    Comment by Doug Wickstrum | November 27, 2018 | Reply

    • Very Cool, Doug!

      Comment by PKM | November 27, 2018 | Reply

  5. Very cool, Doug!

    Comment by PKM | November 27, 2018 | Reply

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