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#1 Chris H

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 18:38

Hi one and all!

I just recently bought a Sailor 1911 mid-size with an extra-fine nib. I am partial to fine and extra-fine points as I write a fairly small script and I had heard that Japanese nibs run about a size smaller than European and American nibs. I also picked a Sailor because I had read they are known for their nib quality.

After a month of writing with my Sailor, I have to say I am somewhat disappointed. The nib is scratchy. The line is wet but not super fine.

I have 3 Esterbrooks with 9550 (extra-fine) nibs. All three write as fine or finer than the Sailor and all are smoother. Two of the Esties are so incredibly smooth, they are pure heaven to write with.

Esterbrooks tend to be the poor step-child of the fountain pen world, but in my opinion they rock! Probably the best writing pens I have.

Sure wish the company was still in business.

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 18:49

SHHH! Don't go spreading that stuff around! We like our Esties just the way they are! If everyone knows how good they are, they'll drive the price up. wink.gif
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Posted 16 October 2008 - 19:05

I've just got hold of my first Estie via a swap. Its a copper J. I too have the 9550 nib as well as a 9460 for it. My 9460 is meant to be a rigid medium but it lays down a wet, broadish line (which is ok when I'm in that kinda mood) but the 9550 is incredibly fine! The finest I've experienced so far. (Not been into FPs too long) But, I have to admit, it is scratchier than I would have liked. Still, I love the pen enough to hunt round for more nibs to play with.
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Posted 16 October 2008 - 19:43

I read your post, immediately reached for my lovely Esterbrook Dollar Pen and inked it with the 9550 nib. Esties are good pens -- reliable, simple, no frills.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 05:30

What about the 1554?there are some Esterbrook nibs that are better than they are given credit for. I love mine with the 1554 because is firm and very fine, ideal for what I do. Also found a medium Venus that iwrites like a 1554. I have that as a backup.

I have 3 Esterbrooks and waiting for my 4th, all SJ. One of them uses an Osmiroid medium Italic that makes it sing and I am looking forward to more excentric nibs of that kind.

Edited by Oldtimer, 05 July 2014 - 05:34.


#6 estie1948

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 07:28

I love my Esties. I, also, prefer the fine to extra fine nibs and the Esterbrook 9550 is my favorite nib. I took a short break from my Estie Js when I first learned of the Pilots with their extra fine nibs. Used them exclusively for a couple of months. Then, I repented and got back to my Esties. I agree they are among the finest pens around. I will admit that I have never owned or even used a Sailor, but I don't expect them to be any better than one of my Esties. There may be prettier pens around, but there are none that are any better than an Esterbrook in my opinion.

 

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#7 Runnin_Ute

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:45

It took me a bit to warm up to my 9550 but once I did it has been terrific. I also have a Venus Fine and a 1555 Gregg nib for it. All very nice.


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 03:34

I write notes for engineering projects all day long with an Esterbrook desk pen that has a 9550 nib and it's my favorite.  I use Noodler's Heart of Darkness ink.  It writes with a nice, fine line that works very well in the Mnemosyne graph notebook that I use.  I guess that sometimes it's a roll of the dice just how well a nib will work, but this one is really a winner.

 

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Edited by Hardcase, 09 July 2014 - 03:34.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 05:04

I've been surprised by some Estie nibs, the number didn't correspond with the line it made. These have all been used nibs (came in the pen). Every NOS nib I have has been perfect and wrote as expected. pajaro has me wanting to try his Sonnet franken-nib. If I could find a unit with a bent or broken nib to use I'd buy a nib from DutchPen and have at it.
Estie has given us a wide variety of factory nibs to use, although some are scarce and others kind of pricey.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 02:15

Hi one and all!

I just recently bought a Sailor 1911 mid-size with an extra-fine nib. I am partial to fine and extra-fine points as I write a fairly small script and I had heard that Japanese nibs run about a size smaller than European and American nibs. I also picked a Sailor because I had read they are known for their nib quality.

After a month of writing with my Sailor, I have to say I am somewhat disappointed. The nib is scratchy. The line is wet but not super fine.

I have 3 Esterbrooks with 9550 (extra-fine) nibs. All three write as fine or finer than the Sailor and all are smoother. Two of the Esties are so incredibly smooth, they are pure heaven to write with.

Esterbrooks tend to be the poor step-child of the fountain pen world, but in my opinion they rock! Probably the best writing pens I have.

Sure wish the company was still in business.

Chris

Chris,

How can I buy one like yours? Brand new if possible, please. I want to get the smoothest pen possible.



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Posted 07 November 2015 - 00:56

That post from Chris is over 7 years old so at the risk of that member still actually being here, I'll try to help.

Right now there are 2 9550 nibs on eBay for $20 and eBay is likely your best bet. And while the 9 series nibs are great, a smooth nib can be had in any number if they arent messed up.

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 23:15

 

Chris,
How can I buy one like yours? Brand new if possible, please. I want to get the smoothest pen possible.

 

You cannot do that with an XF nib.

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