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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 and return regularly…

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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 sometime business of restoring and selling pens, while incidentally growing a personal collection from my restorations.  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 can always be reached for inquiries or to just talk about fountain pens, at timsvintagepens@gmail.com.   If your writing preference is a written letter, I also have a mailing address!

Tim Ettenheim