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#1 Frank_Federalist_Pens

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 05:47

I have been admiring custom pens for a few years.

I finally got my own this year! I present the
“Apple Estie”, A custom pen with an Esterbrook J section.



I had been playing with this idea all year. I posed the idea to Chris Hughes (Appleman) back in the summer. He told me it would be feasible to make this pen. He just needed a section! The whole idea was to have a pen where the nib could be changed.



I finally took the plunge about a month ago. At the beginning of November, I shipped an Estie J section up to Chris. He made the pen, and the turn around was less than two weeks! It took longer for this pen to arrive in the states, than the time it took for me to ship the section, and Chris to make it! (Two weeks in transit!)



Needless to say, I LOVE THIS PEN! It will be part of my daily rotation for many days to come! It has become my favorite Esterbrook! A squeeze-filler (P21?) has been utilized as the filling mechanism, and it works great!




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Posted 16 December 2009 - 06:21

Beautiful pen! How much was the customization? Just curious.
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 17:21

Beautiful pen! How much was the customization? Just curious.


Depends on the customization. It can cost less if you are interested in using vintage parts, and you provide them yourself (ie sections). Appleman is a member here, and many of his completed pens are available for purchase. View his profile/PM him for more information.

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 17:32

Was the section modified to make it easier to get to the squeeze filler, or do you have to wiggle the section out of the barrel each time you fill? Or has such removal been made easier with how the barrel was made?

Very neat pen, I have been thinking of customizing a pen with estie parts, yet still keeping it a lever filler(my favorite filling system!).

Edited by JakobS, 16 December 2009 - 17:33.

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 19:11

Was the section modified to make it easier to get to the squeeze filler, or do you have to wiggle the section out of the barrel each time you fill? Or has such removal been made easier with how the barrel was made?

Very neat pen, I have been thinking of customizing a pen with estie parts, yet still keeping it a lever filler(my favorite filling system!).


Hello Jakob!

Yes, the section was modified (threaded).
Here is a link to see the process/progress:

http://www.activeboa...opicID=32364577

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 20:16

Wow, that's the ultimate section for me, threaded and can take renew points!! Very neat, have been peeking in and out of the pen turning section since I have been here looking at Appleman's work, he has made a lot of interesting pens!
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 20:46

Nice idea, putting an Esterbrook section in another pen body so you can benefit from the swappable nibs. :thumbup:

The images are a bit blurry... would be great if you could get a hold of a better camera and take some close-up shots in focus. :)

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 21:28

Frank:

Great idea and a great pen. Hope you will enjoy it for a long time.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 04:36

Thanks to all of you for your positive feedback!!

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