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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!

The biggest news for this March update is that timsvintagepens has purchased a dozen fine vintage Italian fountain pens to make available to purchasers. They are all from the 1930s-1950, all pens that I have not seen evidence of being available here in the US. Most are lesser-known brands, so are affordable.  A full description of their purchase is in Thoughts. The first three — Aurea, Montegrappa, Stilan — are found in For Sale.  As always with my updates, a variety of new vintage listings are found in For Sale and in Tim’s Bargains. With the recent Clearance Sale having ended, a few pens that did not sell then have had their discounts continued.


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 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