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Here you’ll find my restored fountain pens — for sale, bargains, 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!

Time flies when you’re having fun…I just realized that the previous timsvintagepens update was two months ago!  This update is 14 pens, larger than usual. Please don’t buy them all at once!

There is no big news this time, just an eclectic bunch of interesting pens that are fresh off my workbench. To start, three more of the vintage Italian pens from the 1940s and 1950s, interesting, delicate writers and handsome pens.  There are two special pre-Depression American pens, a very large Moore and a later Carter’s, both in unusually nice condition. Plus, there are an Eversharp Skyline with a flex nib, a Sheaffer Imperial Lifetime with a BB nib, another Aurora 88P, a nice Parker Challenger, and others to be found in For Sale and  Tim’s Bargains.

The Featured Pen this time is another pen from my collection, one of my two Parker 51s.  I’m never able to do a Tim’s Favorite Ten Pens list in less than fifteen pens, but every time I try, this pen is in the first five.  Finally, my Thought this month is about Third Tier Pens, and why my interest is not limited to the best or nicest pens.


About timsvintagepens…

My journey into the fascinating world of fountain pens started in the 1960s, with a gift of a Parker 21. For the next forty years, I was a user, adding a Montblanc 149 and Pelikan 120 in 1970. In 2007, my tastes broadened with presents and the addition of my late father-in-law’s Parker 51s, 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 practice of restoring and selling pens and a constantly changing personal collection. 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.

However, I am a hobbyist — I restore and sell what I find interesting, 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 return for new careers is my passion.

I can always be reached for inquiries or to just talk about fountain pens, via the Contact form or by clicking Contact at the top of the page. If your writing preference is a written letter, I also have a mailing address!

Tim Ettenheim
Vintage Fountain Pens / Sales & Restoration