Giving Classic Fountain Pens a Second Life

Durham, North Carolina · 21 Sales


Giving Classic Fountain Pens a Second Life

Durham, North Carolina 21 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Welcome to my store, where refurbished vintage fountain pens are ready for a second life of writing.


Welcome to my store, where refurbished vintage fountain pens are ready for a second life of writing.

Mark Ulett

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A Hobby Turned Passion

I am a writer. It doesn't always feel that way, since I am also an academic historian. But all academics have to write for a living, for better or worse. Over the course of grad school, with the temptations and distractions of the Internet looming large, I took to writing out my papers and dissertation longhand. I found that writing with a fountain pen made that process far more enjoyable! My productivity increased dramatically, so I began to search for the right fountain pen for me—something vintage and classic.

What I found was a hobby turned passion. Refurbishing 75-100 year old fountain pens is immensely satisfying. I find the pens on eBay, wash them thoroughly in an ultrasonic cleaner, repair the internal mechanisms to working order, and then spend quite a bit of time polishing the components and pen barrel, and then adjust the nib. Over this process, a dirty and broken pen that sat unused in a box or basement for half a century transforms into a stunning vintage fountain pen that works as well as it did on the day it was made.

For the most part, I restore high end fountain pens from the Parker Pen Company made between 1921 and 1970. Working with a quality pen ensures that the final restored product is a very fine writing instrument. I test each pen thoroughly before cleaning it again to prepare for sale, so I guarantee that each pen here writes beautifully. My goal with this shop is to pass along these gorgeous vintage fountain pens to people who will use and love them.

Thanks for looking, and please contact me if you have any questions or comments!
~Mark Ulett

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    I am an educator and writer by trade, and restoring pens is what I do for fun. I am just excited to pass along these exquisite writing instruments to people who will use and love them.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 11, 2014
Greetings and Welcome to VintageFountainPens!

Restoring classic fountain pens is one of my passions! I have used and loved fountain pens for years, and recently I learned to return vintage fountain pens to beautiful working condition. But keeping these stunning pens in a drawer just doesn't seem right. These pens were designed to be used and loved every day, and that's why I want to pass them along to you. My goal is for these pens to become part of your everyday writing life, because nothing makes the writing process more pleasurable than a really fine pen!

A bit about the pens. The process of restoring a fountain pen is like digging into history. What I've found is that a beautiful, quality pen from the 1920s or 1930s is every bit as good today as when it was first made. The designs are classic and the nibs write better than many modern pens. But the real attraction is using a piece of history. The pens you'll find here are classics, designed to be the most important piece of equipment for students, educators, writers, and office workers. These pens were expensive when they first came out. In fact, pens on this Etsy store sell for about the same amount as when they were first purchased (adjusted for inflation, of course!). As such, investing in one of these pens is similar to purchasing the pen new.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are not 100% happy with the pen, then I will happily accept a return if the pen is still in the condition in which it was sent. Buyer pays for return shipping.
I request payment within 3 business days of purchasing. Please contact me with any questions or to ask for an extension if needed.
I only ship USPS flat rate boxes/padded envelopes from the United States, which means that shipping will cost $5.80 within the United States and $25.00 USD worldwide.
Additional policies and FAQs
A note on nibs. The extent to which a specific pen writes smoothly depends a great deal on the writer, particularly the angle at which one holds the pen. As such a pen won't write the same for everyone. Your pen *may* require a little bit of work by a professional nib grinder to write perfectly smoothly for you. I can attest that these pens write well for me when I ship them, but buyers should know that they might require a little bit more work from someone local. Such are the facts of life with a fountain pen.