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,

Welcome to Almost Winter, for many the least favorite season, but one that helps me stay in the shop and get a lot done…

Last you heard from me, I had recently retired from my professional work. Since, my pen shop has significantly expanded its daylight operational hours, and the parts fabrication has also reopened following some necessary repairs to my vintage lathe. The future is bright!

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.

I have sent my full essay about vintage ink to so many people in recent months that a much abridged version of it became the best subject for the new Thought…I’m looking forward to your comments and questions.

In addition to having switched all international shipping to UPS or Fedex in recent months, changes at Paypal have led me to switch larger international payments and receipts to Wise, a wonderful online international currency exchange service I have used for some years. I’ll be happy to describe how to use it to anyone who wants to know. Finally, with peak holiday USPS shipping now in place, do be sure to get your holiday gifts orders in to me in time to ship by December 15. From December 15 until after January 1, depending on USPS volume, I may have to use USPS Priority Small Box for all purchases.

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 have what you’re looking for!  And, the volume of consignments from customers is growing steadily; feel free to consider that as an option for your sales. As always, I enjoy and learn from your comments and questions.

All the best for the upcoming holidays and good health! 


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. Be sure to read Warranty & Shipping policies before requesting a pen.

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. More 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 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 and sell what I find interesting. I strive to restore and make available 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.

Tim Ettenheim