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#1 kidde

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 14:48

Hi, I'm Paul, and I'm an Estiholic. It has been two months since I bought my last Estie.

So, I thought fp were addictive. Those darned Esterbrook pens and nibs are something else. No offense intended but Esties are like the old aircooled VW Bugs. No parts that can't be fixed or replaced. Easy service, quick filling and built by a company that seemed to really care about the customer.
I realize how blind I was toward what amounts to a nearly perfect pen, for me.
The old/noob has a question; where should I look for a "J" skunk, the BELL SYSTEMS one. I have some I'd be willing to trade. I want a very clean example. If you are interested as to why it is really simple. My sir name is BELL and I have collected all sorts of Bell and bells. Please lead me in a safe direction. Thanks for the help.

Paul

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#2 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 15:03

"Esterbrooks; The Crack Cocaine of Vintage Fountain Pens. It costs so little to get so hooked!"

 

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 16:24

Hello! My name is Frank, and I am an addict..........



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 16:42

Really like your style of writing. Nice pics/pen as well  :D

 

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 18:44

I tended to get hooked on the ones that aren't lever fillers, only because the levers tend to get under my fingernail.  The J series are almost fun to work on, though.  New nibs also don't tend to cost $129.00.  You can make of the pen what you want it to be.  A lot of other pens cost waaaaaaaaaaay too much or making it like you want it requires all the rigmarole associated with nibmeisters.  Not so much these pens.


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 19:50

I would be an estiholic, but my family have saved me by lifting all but one from my possession. I must buy more and see if I can hide them away.



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 20:09

I would be an estiholic, but my family have saved me by lifting all but one from my possession. I must buy more and see if I can hide them away.

 

I envy you.  My wife has no interest in fountain pens.  I get to hoard them all.  Sometimes I feel like Silas Marner.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 00:54

Esterbrooks are Methadone for 51s

No it doesn't work.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 01:12

Esterbrooks are Methadone for 51s

No it doesn't work.

 

So where do 45s fit in the scheme with Esterbrooks? 



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 01:26

Parker Crystal Meth. Direct competition to Estie Crack Rock.

 

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 02:44

So where do 45s fit in the scheme with Esterbrooks?

I'd say 45 is 6 less than 51. I do not go for them unless they are hard rubber and wrapped in exotic materials and metal, at which point they tend to be multiples of 51.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 03:29

I have one 45 with a 14K med nib.  Bought it NOS from Parkville Pens.  I have inked it a few times.  It's not bad, but it's possibly the Esterbrook of Parkerdom, good and reasonably priced.  I think Parker made two quite good pens, the 51 and the 75.  Esterbrook made a lot of good pens, and you can take all those Sonnet nibs that won't flow ink in a Sonnet and find they work in an Esterbrook collar and with an Esterbrook feed.  So, who made a better pen?

 

I tend to be critical of Esterbrook nibs, but for the money what more could you ask for, and the whole system works and tomorrow you can uncap it and it will write.  Thank God for those modern pens that make you appreciate a good vintage pen when you have one. 


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 04:29

I am not an estiholic . . . and God didn't make little green apples and it doesn't snow in Indianapolis in the winter time . . . (with apologies to Roger Miller).

 

Comfortable here in my denial,

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:35

I have QUIT FOR GOOD!

Many times.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:43

I have QUIT FOR GOOD!
Many times.

Practice does make one perfect..

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 07:03

Wait... The first step would be admitting I have an Estie-problem. I am not an Estieholic hehe.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 13:07

I am not pen-addicted.  I don't obsess over pens.  I am not an Estieholic, not an Estiemaniac. 

 

Sounds like my father.  "I am not an alcoholic."  "That ranting you recorded is not me."  " . . .er . . .er . . ." 


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 21:27

 
The old/noob has a question; where should I look for a "J" skunk, the BELL SYSTEMS one. I have some I'd be willing to trade. I want a very clean example. If you are interested as to why it is really simple. My sir name is BELL and I have collected all sorts of Bell and bells. Please lead me in a safe direction. Thanks for the help.
 

 

Just to be clear, did you want to trade a "not so very clean" skink ... er, skunk for very clean one?


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 22:12

I Had to look here.. 

just when I had all but my stickered blue to pass along at a pen meet.



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 06:09

I have a blue dollar pen. J's in green, red, grey and black. Along with a nib or six. I have a NOS 2048 in box with five various others. Hopefully I could trade a green w/extra nib for a Bell Systems skunk. May just be wishful thinks ng.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:45

A single Estie J (green) - 3 nibs - a 1555 Gregg Fine, a Venus Fine and a 9550 EF posting nib. What does it mean when you have triple the number of nibs as you do pens?


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:22

Niboholism - a secondary complication often contracted by penoholics.  Most found among the Estieholic population because of the plethora of nibs available.... 

 

Patients have reported its onset after first declaring "This xxxx is the right point for the way I write".  Then a different one shows up that, well  .... 


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:26

Estieholic.

 

<Shedding a tear>

 

That's beautiful.

 

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 06:12

Niboholism - a secondary complication often contracted by penoholics.  Most found among the Estieholic population because of the plethora of nibs available.... 

 

Patients have reported its onset after first declaring "This xxxx is the right point for the way I write".  Then a different one shows up that, well  .... 

That is true! That is exactly how it works! You see, the 9550 is my perfect nib. However, what if the 9450 should happen to be a bit better and I never tried it? Shouldn't a person have one or two 3xxx nibs?

 

I mean I could see how it would work that way . . . if I were an Estieholic.

 

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 18:33

Ah, Estieholism...  Crack rock of the fountain pen world, that's why there is not such thing as "experimenting" when it comes to Estie! 

 

I got my first Estie exactly about a year ago, and now- somehow I have five Esties and a couple of extra nibs LOL!!!  My very first one came with 9556, which I thought was absolutely perfect, until I got my second one, with 9668, *SWOON*...  And- if a 2668 nib is somehow sold at a flea market, looking lonely all by itself surrounded by dip pen nibs, OF COURSE I have to bring it home.... 



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 04:16

So, my "skunk" quest has met it's end. Twice. A J and an LJ. Definitely my cleanest Esties, time to pull the gray out and insert a skunk into my daily carry.
Yes, I fell off the wagon. But the good thing is I won't have to get more for another 15-20 minutes!

Paul
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