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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!

A hot summer is rolling to an end, so it’s a good time for an update!
For fall, I’ve introduced almost two dozen newly restored pens to For Sale and Tim’s Bargains , including a number of Sheaffers, two more vintage Italian pens, two Parker 51s and two Parker Vacumatics, two Waterman ringtops, and a number of others.  Regarding the Sheaffers,  a whole cache, early 1920s to later vac-fill Balances, came in and they will to appear over the coming weeks and with the next few updates. In addition, Esterbrooks are back, in a wide variety of size, color, model, and nib.  As always, if you’re looking for a pen that you don’t see listed here, just ask!  I may have one for you or know who does.
The Featured Pen this time is an interesting piece from my personal collection, the 1949 Waterman New Look, which, its title notwithstanding, is a French pen!
My Thought this month is about tools, the eight items I use all the time as tools, even if they aren’t officially tools.
A number of you have asked for digital copies of my essay Replacing a Fountain Pen Sac, detailed instructions for your first actual repair.  It is written from the point of view of the repair novice, so is much more detailed than any other I’ve found.  My Thoughts on Ink essay, which is focused on inks for vintage fountain pens, is also available..  Let me know if you want either one emailed to you.

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