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Esterbrook Flex Nibs?
Posted 19 September 2011 - 00:11
She who laughs, lasts
Posted 19 September 2011 - 02:45
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. TS Eliot
Posted 19 September 2011 - 20:39
However, I had a 1920s Moore pen that was being restored and disintegrated in the process due to issues with its brittle barrel. No chance of salvaging the pen but ... the flexible nib was perfectly intact, so Tyler Dahl took it and inserted the nib into an Estie screw-in sleeve and Voila!, the Ester-Moore nib was born: a vintage, flexible 14k nib that fits perfectly in all my Esties.
The nib is currently en route to my son for use with his first-ever Esterbrook pen, or else I'd show you a nice writing sample. I do have a photo, following. This is the best solution I know of for real flex in an Esterbrook pen.
How small of all that human hearts endure,
That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
— Samuel Johnson
Posted 20 September 2011 - 22:09
She who laughs, lasts
Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:29
Posted 25 September 2011 - 14:15
I have an Esterbrook 9048 flexible fine nib on my Esterbrook Transitional and it writes from a Fine up to a Broad depending on pressure. I am quite happy with its flex for my everyday writing. I agree that none of the Esterbrook "flexible nibs" can be as flexible as vintage gold flexible nibs that are wet noodles. I hope you find what you're looking for. Cheers!
Posted 15 October 2011 - 01:42
Edited by floydee1, 15 October 2011 - 01:44.
Nervous? No, I'm just thinking...
Posted 15 October 2011 - 02:05
Really, it will satisfy you a lot more than bearing down hard on the Estie (allegedly) flex nibs.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Posted 15 October 2011 - 04:38
I've been satisified all this time with 2668's and 2968's and the oblique 2314's..but this blew me away.
People, it DOES flex, sure not as much as a gold nibbed vintage Waterman or a Noodler's flex, but like Floydee above said, it has a definite "spring' to it and you can get really get a nice line variation out of it..much more so that any of the other Esterbrook nibs I've tried so far.
I wholeheartedly recommend getting one if you love Esterbrooks..it's a nice surprise!
Edited by Reene, 15 October 2011 - 04:40.
Posted 15 October 2011 - 04:41
Aha, so that was you!
OMG, I just got a Copper transitional J that has a 9788 flexible medium nib on it...
Enjoy it - it was from Bill, right?
~ Benjamin Franklin
Posted 15 October 2011 - 07:11
Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:06
I have a 9048 and a 9128 and find them both enjoyable to use.
I don't have a 9048, but I agree about the 9128. Mine gives me a very fine line and flexes well enough and easily enough to produce some nice line variation, and can still be used for "normal" writing.
I also have a 2048 that, as I recall, requires much more pressure than the 9128 to flex.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 16:27
Posted 06 November 2011 - 12:45
Posted 06 November 2011 - 20:40
Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:24
Posted 08 November 2011 - 06:29
Here's my 9128. It's very rigid and you have to press a bit too much to get it to flex. So you can't really flex it AND write comfortably. I use it as a regular nib. It's like a needlepoint if not flexed. Still a fun nib. Hope this helps.
not every 9128 nib has the same flex, and the last one I got is a real xxf-nail, only if I press down at every stroke I get some line variation, but it's uncomfortable because the line variation should be there without much effort.
I agree. My 9128 nib does not produce very much in the way of line width variation, unless I make a conscious effort to apply more pressure. Attending to that conscious effort becomes a sub-task to the writing of one's thoughts and then writing is not as easy or as fun.
I have a 9788 nib that seems quite flexible and I achieve a nice variation in line width using it with little effort.
Edited by kathleen, 08 November 2011 - 06:30.
Trying to rescue and restore all the beautiful Esties to their purpose.