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My first Estie


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#641 Bitzel

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 11:10

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 17:02

I have joined the club. Double Jewel J with a 2668 nib.  It is the darker green variant and although you can't see it in the picture the finish is flawless and has a nice clear imprint on the barrel.  I got it from forum member AC12, who was most helpful and patient with my questions and went above and beyond to make sure I got a pen and nib that fitted my writing style. I couldn't be happier.

 

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 22:41

I've just bought my first Estie and really looking forward to receiving it. I deliberately shopped for a 9128 because I'd heard such fine things about this particular nib and I absolutely love vintage flex. I'll do a show and tell when he gets here! :)



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Posted 03 April 2016 - 00:13

I am officially part of the Estie-Club!

 

This little J beauty arrived in the mail today.

 

Dark green (very beautiful pattern) model J with a 9556 nib.

 

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 21:05

Although I liked the color version, which I saw on eBay, then it is my first Esti black. I really like the metal decorating and especially long tip that a little scratches, but the feel of writing with him I have a very nice and funny short grip for my little fingers just right. Almost immediately it became one of my favorites.

 

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 05:26

I got my first Estie at the Chicago Pen Show on Sunday. And my second one about 30 minutes later.

Bringing them both to work to try out as daily writers. 

 

First -  a "dollar" pen (not sure on the name for size, is this the thin/small one?), lever fill in green (I don't know the name for this finish). Nib 1550 - from penguy.net (John Foreman)

Very happy with this, but the fine point may take getting used to (comparable to my 0.2 Preppy in line width). 

 

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Next up - a C101. Bought it because the color reminded me of an old car (great reason, right?). Nib 2668 - from Tim Pierson.

Nice wide writer, but if I'm at too high or low an angle, I get scraping (it seems to have more abrupt angles on the tip than my other pens).

Slightly discolored, as if some sort of ink was touching it or something. It came with an empty Esterbrook cartridge inside, I'll probably

keep refilling it with my 12 cent plastic squeeze syringes for now.

 

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:14

Although I liked the color version, which I saw on eBay, then it is my first Esti black. I really like the metal decorating and especially long tip that a little scratches, but the feel of writing with him I have a very nice and funny short grip for my little fingers just right. Almost immediately it became one of my favorites.

 

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I really like the look of the black Esterbrook.... Hmmm..... :)



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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:09

There really is nothing more classic and simple than a clean, black pen.



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Posted 08 May 2016 - 04:56

Craig, that's a great looking pen.  Change the nib if the fine is too fine.  That's one of the great things about Esterbrooks.


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Posted 08 May 2016 - 05:15

I think I'm heading in the other direction.  I've got four Esties - 2 Dollar pens, a transitional J and a full J in grey, green, blue and red respectively.  Plus one of them desk pen holder things.  Nibs = 2 x 2668, 9314M, 2048, and a 1551.  None of which I like. And to add to the misery I have Osmiroid nibs (B4, B3 - these two are 3-tined, B2, broad straight, medium straight, and fine straight - all are italic, plus a Copperplate nib).  All these fit into the Esties, which is why I got them.

 

Today, with a heavy heart I flushed all four pens and put them away.  I have to consider now what to do with them. 

 

Esterbrooks, it seems, are not for me,



#651 corgicoupe

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 12:18

Can you put into words why Esterbrooks are not for you? Looks, design, nibs?

Baptiste knew how to make a short job long

For love of it. And yet not waste time either.

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 18:34

Looks are just okay in my opinion. Size, they tend to be a little small for me.  The ability to swap nibs is a neat idea, though I have never had a nib I liked - all mine bar one are not 9 series, perhaps that doesn't help.  And sometimes it's just hard to define why something doesn't fell right.  I think I've had about 8 in the last 18 months, so I've given them a fair run.



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Posted 08 May 2016 - 23:23

Perhaps I overlook any shortcomings because I remember using them as a kid, and then found two for $15 each. I have the 6 J-series colors and plan to stop there. I also realize that I'm not as selective as many here, but then I've only been at it for a year, this time around.

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 01:15

Craig, that's a great looking pen.  Change the nib if the fine is too fine.  That's one of the great things about Esterbrooks.

 

It's working great for crosswords and sudoku! Just seems finicky when I am doing my ham-fisted attempt at regular writing.



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 02:20

If you're not a fan of your Esterbrooks, I know someone who will be happy to relieve you of them. (eyes his shirt pocket...) :D
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Posted 20 May 2016 - 14:08



There really is nothing more classic and simple than a clean, black pen.

I agree, oozes sophistication.

But my new Estie is green because I like green and it is what I won  :D

Must state that it is a pleasure to write with

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 15:57

I agree, oozes sophistication.

But my new Estie is green because I like green and it is what I won  :D

Must state that it is a pleasure to write with

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Oh I totally agree :)

I have a green one as well and once I switched to a 9550 nib it writes exactly the way I wanted it to. 

Really, really like it.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 16:09

if i may ask where did you obtain the nib ?



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 16:11

if i may ask where did you obtain the nib ?

 

At Andersonpens - he sells NOS/NIB nibs for anything from $6 and up depending on the nib. Think I paid $15 for mine.

A good selection as well.

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 17:19

My first was actually a 444 desk set, which turned out to be missing the feed and had a nib that needed work. After buying a second one to steal the feed off of and a new nib I had it working, now I've got two working sets and a third with no feed. My first Estie FP is a black double jewel J with a 9556 nib that I carry as a daily writer. To the best of my knowledge it seems totally unrestored since it has an Esterbrook stamped sac, which feels almost brand new. I suspect it may have sat unused in someone's drawer for a long time since it shows very little wear. It's my favorite above any other I own.
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