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 and return regularly…

What’s New!
Benchtop surprises are part of restoring vintage fountain pens, and… continued in  Thoughts

Tim’s Bargain Pens just added a new section, called Build Your Own Esterbrook!  Pick your size of Esterbrook J, pick your nib, I’ll build a pen for you!

The update to For Sale includes a pair of pre-Balance Sheaffers, a Summit 175, a golden brown Sheaffer Streamline Balance, and an unusual Geha Goldschwinge with its brand-unique Reservtank.  In the next two weeks, a very special little Vacumatic and an azure Vac set will be listed…stay tuned!

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 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