Welcome to timsvintagepens!
Here you’ll find my restored fountain pens — for sale, recent sales, and my personal collection — as well as thoughts that come from my workbench. Please bookmark it, return regularly, and ask to join my email list!

What’s New!
With a traveling friend’s recent delivery from France in hand…continued in  Thoughts

The update to For Sale includes a focused Esterbrook offering of pre-1950 Dollars and Transitional J’s, with your choice of nib, two large green Marathons from the late 1920’s, two ‘30’s French pens, two 1950’s Sheaffer Snorkels and a Sheaffer Balance, plus a Pioneer, and an early 1950’s Waterman executive pen/pencil set.   In addition, Tim’s Bargain Pens has been replenished with an Osmiroid calligraphy set and a never-used Wearever Pacemaker.

About timsvintagepens…
My journey into the fascinating world of fountain pens started in the 1960’s, with a gift of a Parker 21.   For the next forty years,  I was a fountain pen user, adding a Montblanc 149 and Pelikan 120 in 1970.  In 2007, my tastes broadened with presents from friends and the addition of my late father-in-law’s Parker 51’s, and suddenly I wanted to know how pens worked and how to make mine work better. In the years since, my pen use has blossomed into a fully-grown hobby and, in recent years, a business of restoring and selling pens and a constantly changing personal collection from my restorations from which items are periodically found for sale here.  With practice, much good teaching, and continual study, my skills have become progressively more sophisticated, so that I am now able to restore most vintage pens to a level of functioning and appearance that is at least as good as they were when new. However, I am a hobbyist — I restore and sell what I find interesting, do a fair amount of work for friends and collectors, but I do not generally accept repair work from the public. For that, I will gladly refer to professionals I know personally and who excel at whatever needs to be done.  I strive to restore and make available a wide a variety of American and European pens, from the well-known Parkers and Sheaffers to the lesser known and less often seen, many of which suffered only from inadequate marketing.  To me, vintage pens are endlessly fascinating objects, and enabling their restoration and return for new careers is my passion.  Do let me know if there is a particular pen or characteristic in a pen that you are seeking — don’t think you need to wait for a pen to appear in these pages.

I can always be reached for inquiries or to just talk about fountain pens, at the contact information listed below.   If your writing preference is a written letter, I also have a mailing address!


Tim Ettenheim
Vintage Fountain Pens / Sales & Restoration
timsvintagepens@gmail.com / 917-273-1264