Here you’ll find my restored fountain pens — for sale, bargains, clearance, recent sales, and my personal collection — as well as Thoughts from my workbench. Please bookmark it, return regularly, and join my email list!

What’s new!

Dear Friends,

This batch is a significant restocking in For Sale and Tim’s Bargains, the beginning of what I hope will continue to be a gradual increase in available items. It’s a bit heavier on Parker this time, because sometimes that just happens, but there is also good variety of everything else. For the Esterbrook aficionados, for the first time since this site went live I’ve increased prices, mostly because in various marketplaces unrestored Esterbrooks are now costing as much as my restored ones!

Having spent a disproportionate amount of time on Parkers and Sheaffers over these recent months, I have been considering their similarities and and differences. Some of these thoughts are found in my new Thought, About Parker and Sheaffer, found on the Home Page and here.

So you know, there are changes in my practices around international shipping and international payments, both reflections of changes in USPS and Paypal, intended to maintain successful shipping to you at minimized cost. These can be found here.

As always, please do feel free to let me know if you want a pen that isn’t listed here. I have a pretty large variety of pens on hand and might well have what you’re looking for!  And, the volume of consignments and repairs from customers is growing steadily; feel free to let me know if you are considering either of those. As always, I enjoy and learn from your comments and questions.

All the best for the upcoming spring!! 


How to Purchase a Pen

To purchase or inquire about a pen, please visit the Contact page and send me a note about which pen you wish to buy (be sure to enter your email address correctly; if it’s incorrect I won’t be able to contact you!). Be sure to read Warranty & Shipping policies before requesting a pen. When you’re ready to purchase, I will send an invoice. Details about purchasing and payment are here .

If you’re shopping for a present but don’t know what to purchase, Timsvintagepens also has gift certificates, available in any denomination you’d like, no extra charge, no expiration, just ask.

Restoration & Consignment Services

Restoration and repair services are available. Contact me to discuss the pen’s needs; after it is accepted for evaluation, for which there is no charge except shipping, pack and ship it to Timsvintagepens. Please do not just send the pen without discussing it with me in advance. Details about restoration, repairs, pricing, and shipping are at Restoration & Consignment.

Pens accepted for consignment sale are listed on timsvintagepens.com with typical pricing for that pen and condition, confirmed upon receipt and pricing determined by Timsvintagepens, in consultation with the consignor. More details about consignment sales are at Restoration & Consignment.

How to Contact Tim

I can always be reached for inquiries about pens for sale, answers to pen questions, or to just talk about fountain pens, via the Contact form (click Contact at the top of the page); again, please make sure your email address is listed correctly, or I won’t be able to respond to you. If your writing preference is a written letter, I also have a mailing address!

About Timsvintagepens

My journey in the fascinating world of fountain pens started with a Parker 21 in the 1960s. For the next forty years, I was a pen user, adding a Montblanc 149 and Pelikan 120 in 1970. In 2007, my tastes broadened with the addition of my late father-in-law’s Parker 51s, which kindled my need to know how pens worked and how to make them work better. In the years since, my pen use and broadening skills have blossomed into a fully-grown practice of restoring, repairing, and selling pens. With effort, much good teaching, and continual study, my skills have steadily become more sophisticated, so that I am now able to restore most vintage pens I see to a level of functioning and appearance that is at least as good as they were when new.

Timsvintagepens is a vintage practice in which I restore, repair and sell what I find interesting. I work with a wide a variety of American and European pens, generally from the 1910s-1970s, 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 return for new careers is my passion. In addition, Timsvintagepens is available to curate vintage fountain pen collections in preparation for auction or sale.

Tim Ettenheim