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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!
It is a little hard to believe, but timsvintagepens has been operating for two years..continued in  Thoughts

In this August update, pairs of similar pens are available to give you choices — Sheaffer Balances, Parker 51s, Sheaffer Snorkels, as well as other interesting and elegant pens in Pens for Sale ; and, ‎a few interesting additions to Tim’s Bargain Pens!

Enjoy!  

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