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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 late Fall, when it’s dark early and all you want to do is look at pens to cheer you up…

It has been a very busy period at Timsvintagepens — customer repairs, restoration sales, and correspondence are all increasing. In addition, if you noticed that the website was in maintenance mode last week, this was to install an all-new, much needed infrastructure. We’re still catching some of the details, but it’s live! The “front end”, what you see, is not significantly different, but did receive numerous improvements for its users. The new site did not have an extensive beta period for user testing, so please let me know if you see something that doesn’t work? 

This new batch, as usual, covers a wide range of brands, in addition to new omnibus listings of mechanical pencils, one for Esterbrook pencils and one for other brands. There are a few very special pens, including a Parker 51, an English Parker 61 set, and a very nice jade Mabie Todd Swan.  The Esterbrook listings were updated, including pictures. Finally, Tim’s Collection got a refresh.

Please do feel free to let me know if you want a vintage 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!  If you have pens you’d like to have me sell on consignment for you in the next or future batches, also let me know. Finally, I am always available for vintage pen repair needs. 

As always, I enjoy and learn from your comments and questions.

Tim Ettenheim

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. When you’re ready to purchase, I will send an invoice. Details about purchasing and payment, warranty, and returns 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.

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 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 now available to inventory and curate vintage fountain pen collections in preparation for auction or sale.