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#1 pajaro

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 17:46

While browsing ebay UK I saw an auction for a spares pen with a 9312 italic nib. Having recently purchased a 2312 italic nib and found it to be the most satisfying Estie nib so far, I thought I would try this. I won it yesterday, and the postage is more than the auction price, the total being about $40. These nibs are hard to find, so I thought I would hope the nib is in decent condition. The cap is a hoser, so the pen is, as the seller said, spares.

I saw an SJ on ebay the other day, and it is a buy it now of $55 (he dropped it from $75). 2312 italic nib. Do I really need another? Not really, but I sometimes get the fever for these things and overbuy. Not this time.

Edit to clarify: The SJ with the 2312 is on USA ebay, not on ebay UK. Please buy it, someone.

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#2 Brian Anderson

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 20:58

2312 nibs are quite uncommon. I have seen very few over the years. Oddly enough, not really crazy about the nib. :)
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:52

2312 nibs are quite uncommon. I have seen very few over the years. Oddly enough, not really crazy about the nib. :)

I hae tried the stubs, 2284 and 9284 broad stubs and the 9314/2314 group of relief stubs seeking obvious line variation, and I have tried using these nibs upside down, which helps a bit. It wasn't until I used the 2312 italic that I had some decent line variation. Being left handed, all of these nibs work differently for me than they work for right handed writers. The nib is at a different angle. The flexible nibs don't work well for me either, so this 2312 and the 9312 are the practical solution for me within the Esterbrook product line. I know about the Osmiroids, and they are sharp and catch the paper. I don't care to go into nib artistry solutions. I prefer to use the factory product, even if the nib artist can create something a google of googles better. I don't think Esterbrook made a BB nib that would be what would be needed to get dramatic line variation in a CI nib. The relief stubs are close, but they are about a 15 degree oblique, and my left handed approach to the nib leaves me rotating these all the time to position the nib correctly. The 9314/2314s can be quite sharp. So, it's 2312/9312 or forget this maker.

I read your comment, and thought over the tenor of it. I will just say what I refrained from saying before, that I am not at all crazy about hard rubber stuff, having cleaned a whole lot of oxidation off of such items. I hope this doesn't happen to RHR.
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 21:29

I would love to get that, it's actually a search I have saved. But I simply can't afford it right now, even if it's a great price for it. Makes me mad to see it for a good price and not be able to grab one though- especially when it's one of the more rare nibs!


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 21:42

Well, I am not a leftie, but the 2312 is my favourite for line variation too. The 3314 I got more recently is good also, but too temperamental and exacting for general writing.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:29

I would love to get that, it's actually a search I have saved. But I simply can't afford it right now, even if it's a great price for it. Makes me mad to see it for a good price and not be able to grab one though- especially when it's one of the more rare nibs!


This is a source of frustration for all of us who are not rich. The 2312 is a nib I wanted to try for a while, but just never noticed one. Your time will come when you will have the means and opportunitity. Have faith.
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