Ken Mannion
   Fossil Preparation Tools    
                Since 1996     


The NP Fossil Preparation Pen


  • Stylus removal spanner
  • Instructions for use
  • Pre fitted air connector
  • Lubrication in convenient container
  • The protective sheath for the nose/stylus

 As delivered in its foam lined box


  Air consumption less than 2 cfm at 45psi.
Max air pressure 45psi.   Weight of pen body 150g approx.

  Fossil Preparation Pen. Model NP
      Pneumatic air operation   

Our NP Fossil Preparation Pen is one of our specialist pens. We produce a pen with precise control through a variable lever switch for fine work typically under magnification where the very fine tip does not look like a drainpipe and does not appear to move meaning you get very precise control. Often used in tandem with our "faster" pens for the final delicate finishing of pieces or the preparation of specimens on fragile, soft or very fine laminated shales. Obviously it is focused on producing very fine work rather than bulk matrix removal.

The NP pen. has the benefit of a front exhaust to keep the work clear and a well supported stylus fitted within a slender alloy nose with a very fine 1.5mm tungsten carbide point.

Enduringly very popular with university and museum fossil preparators. It is also often the pen of choice for archaeological conservators for the removal of heavy encrustations on metals, pottery and stone.

The NP has a very frugal air consumption when compared to our other pens and a low operating air pressure of 30 psi to 45psi (2 to 3 bar) making it a very gentle running pen and can often be run from a modest air supply / setup or a silent refined laboratory dental compressor.

Some archaeological pieces the NP pen has been used on by conservators include this encrusted mass of silver coins from a 17th century Spanish new world shipwreck and an evocative WW1 British Officers stopwatch recovered from a forward trench on the Somme Battlefield.

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  Last revision. October. 2016