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Esterbrook SJ w/ 2668 nib


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#1 gillyohan

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 02:59

I received an Esterbrook SJ w/ 2668 nib from Fountain Pen Geeks about a week ago. It's my first and only vintage pen at the moment, and it's been fun writing with it.

Appearance, Design, Size:
This pen is very light and pretty small. It is shorter than my Pelikan m205 and thinner than my Sailor Sapporo. The shape, though, isn't unpleasant, so it's nice to hold. So far, it's not a very comfortable size for long writing sessions, but it's great for shorter sessions. Daniel polished it, so it's very smooth. The cap screws on and posts well.

Filling System:
It's a lever fill. It's my first one, and I don't much about them. It seems to be working fine, and holds ink well. It has a new sac, so I'm expecting to last a good while.

Nib:
The 2668 nib is a steel medium nib. Not much flex, but it's a bit springy. The tines are misaligned, causing some scratchiness on the left stroke. Fortunately, replacement nibs are pretty cheap and easy to find.

Conclusion:
I was always afraid that vintage pens would be super fragile, but this pen is pretty sturdy-feeling. It really has a lot of character. I think I may look for this pen in a J size, which is supposed to be a bit larger all around. It would definitely make a good pocket pen, since it fits even in shallow shirt pockets.

Thank you, Fountain Pen Geeks!

Pen shots:
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Pen in hand:
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Compared to Pelikan m205 and Sailor Sapporo capped and uncapped:
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Lame writing sample:
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Edited by gillyohan, 16 April 2010 - 03:34.

Inked: Pelikan m205 black 0.9ci/F Italifine (Diamine Damson); Aurora 88 nikargenta (Iroshizuku Kon-Peki); Pelikan 140 Steno (J Herbin Lie de Thé)

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#2 lovemy51

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 03:08

i have one like it myself fitted with a 2314F nib (not the nib it came with). picked it up for $10 a while back on ebay. not too bad considering the small size, tho' i prefer the full size J better.

congrats!

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 03:23

Nice. You don't see too many of those 2668 nibs (you got the title turned around btw :), firm medium. I have the exact same color Estie J with the 2968, firm broad. Great pen and great nibs! -E
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#4 gillyohan

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 03:32

Nice. You don't see too many of those 2668 nibs (you got the title turned around btw :), firm medium. I have the exact same color Estie J with the 2968, firm broad. Great pen and great nibs! -E


Hah! shouldn't have tried to put the nib size in the title...

Have you held the SJ before? If so, how would you compare their sizes (mainly width)? A big difference?
Inked: Pelikan m205 black 0.9ci/F Italifine (Diamine Damson); Aurora 88 nikargenta (Iroshizuku Kon-Peki); Pelikan 140 Steno (J Herbin Lie de Thé)

#5 pmsalty

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 03:34

I have one also, I replaced the 2668 nib with a 1555 and like it much better. Nice pens, I love the red!
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Posted 16 April 2010 - 03:43

Nice. You don't see too many of those 2668 nibs (you got the title turned around btw :), firm medium. I have the exact same color Estie J with the 2968, firm broad. Great pen and great nibs! -E


Hah! shouldn't have tried to put the nib size in the title...

Have you held the SJ before? If so, how would you compare their sizes (mainly width)? A big difference?


Yes I've owned more than a few in the past, but I've gradually given away all the SJs because I like the size of the J better. It's size is great for my big hands, especially posted.
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Posted 16 April 2010 - 12:26

Thanks for the review. I too have my first vintage in the mail at present, an Estie J so it was with great interest I read your review.
To be honest I cant wait till it arrives.
And how can this be, because he is the Kwisatz Haderach.


#8 fabrimedeiros

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 01:12

Nice shoots!! Nice review! Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 14:07

Nice review! Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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#10 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 16:19

I am missing both reds. A touch of envy has been had.

The Double J is a bit bigger.
I have DJ's, SJ, and LJ, unfortunately. I kept buying on Ebay and not buying the ten sac's I need.
My Grey from 1950 works just fine still, with original sac.

Take the nib and press it on your thumb nail it might straighten it out.

Otherwise you can buy nibs of your choice, the nib screws out. I've seen them advertised from $8-40. Nibs that were twenty dollars last year are now going for forty, so buy now.

Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 22 April 2010 - 16:21.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 18:41

Nice review, and great pics to go with it! I have a fondness for these little SJ devils myself. I started out with green, just recieved my red, and have a copper one in the mail as we speak. I haven't held any of the other sizes yet, as I am new to the obsession. Also, thank you for the photo comparing the relative sizes of the SJ to the Sapporo and the Pelikan, two pens I have on my shortlist for consideration. Enjoy your Estie!

Edited by redranger, 22 April 2010 - 18:42.


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Posted 22 April 2010 - 20:26

I love my Esties, though the SJ is too small for me, I prefer the J and LJ. Misaligned tines, while it may seem daunting, are actually very easy to fix. I'd suggest you look it up.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:31

Wow, that's a beautiful pen. I wonder where I can get a decent-conditioned Esterbrook.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 03:22

I love my Esties, though the SJ is too small for me, I prefer the J and LJ. Misaligned tines, while it may seem daunting, are actually very easy to fix. I'd suggest you look it up.

+2 I too prefer the size of the J and agree that aligning the tines is easier than you think. That is a beautiful pen you have and great pics.

#15 Twoodi

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 09:52

I love my SJ but I only have little hands so it fits me perfectly unposted - I couldn't go any smaller though. Your red is just beautiful and congrats on fantastic photos :)
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