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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!

May 2021

Dear Friends,

Welcome to almost-summer! This update is 24 interesting and reinvigorated pens, including a very special 1940’s Ancora (Italy), a nice 1930’s Croxley (England), a flawless stickered Rule of Four Sheaffer Touchdown Sentinel Deluxe, two handsome late 1990’s Montegrappa Symphony (Italy) fountain pens, plus a bunch of Parkers and Sheaffers, the first Southern I’ve ever seen, and a rich assortment of other pens in the For Sale and Tim’s Bargains pages. There are even a few curiosities that have been lurking around the shop! Finally, some of this update’s pens inspired a new Thought, about which I would love to hear your thoughts.  

Two additional items: First, there is an unlisted Special Italian Pens page of late 1990’s Montegrappa Symphony rollerballs and ballpoints that came to me as unused store stock. I’ve restored them all and made them available, but these are also being listed elsewhere, since they’re not my usual inventory. Second, I have also added my new semi-public consignment sales service, and have formalized my policies for restoring pens, services that are available to existing Timsvintagepens customers, but generally not to the public. 

As always, do feel free to write to me if you have questions about pens, potential purchases, or issues you are having with any of your pens. I love the correspondence, and always learn from it, so keep it coming!  

About timsvintagepens…

My journey into the fascinating world of fountain pens started with a Parker 21 in the 1960s. 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, and I am now accepting pens for consignment sale, but I do not generally accept repair work from the public. 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