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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!

August 2021

Dear Friends,

This batch includes 20 interesting and reinvigorated pens, a special 1930’s Radius Extra from Italy, a half dozen Parkers, four or five Sheaffers, a very nice Waterman’s Taperite Stateleigh, and a few fresh additions to Tim’s Bargains pages. I’m still getting questions about the 1990’s Montegrappas on the specials page, but, with thanks, they’re all sold.  

I’ve mentioned preparing a batch of vintage fountain desk bases, and the first two, an Esterbrook “billiard” ball with matching pens and a handsome Moore base with a contemporaneous Sheaffer Jade Lifetime desk pen. Finally, correspondence with a couple of newer restorers inspired a new Thought, about which I would love to hear your thoughts. 

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 and repair from customers, 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