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Best Ink For My New Esterbrook

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#1 pdolan


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 17:08


So I just got an Esterbrook J with a NOS 2668 (Firm Med.) nib, and I was wondering what the best ink to get would be.  I currently only have bottle of black Parker Quink.  I would like to get an ink that is on the cheeper side (I'm a student so I don't have too much money) and maybe blue or something?  I read on another post that Esterbrooks write on the drier side so it would be best to get a wetter ink, I'm pretty new to this whole Fountain Pen thing/lifestyle so I don't know much about any of that either. 

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 17:11

I have used a more than a few inks in my Esterbrook and have had not problems what so ever.  It is great little pen.  I feel sure that it was the pen of my childhood in the 1950's.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 17:25

I haven't had any of my Esterbrooks write dry. I use all kinds of inks in them.


Parker inks are nice. I use their black as my main black. If you want a good blue you can't go wrong with Waterman Florida Blue (or I think it's called Serenity Blue now - same ink).

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 17:56

Any the inks from the Diamine line will work fine.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 18:51





The Estie is a great pen, so your choice of ink isn't limited by the pen or nib.


With the intention of avoiding cost & risk of shipping, consider checking with the shops in your area first to see what they have on offer, .


Without knowing more about your requirements, I'll suggest Diamine Sapphire or Diamine Imperial Blue or Noodler's Ottoman Azure. For a simple easy to use Blue, I'll suggest Lamy Blue - not water resistant, but is a 'one size fits most' ink with few foibles. All are relatively economical.


As the list of suggestions becomes longer, you may wish to avail yourself of the entries in the Ink Review Forum for more information on various inks.


Oh, remember to cleanse your pen before switching inks.







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Noodler's Ottoman Azure - my IR: http://www.fountainp...e/#entry1783713

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 19:04

Any the inks from the Diamine line will work fine.

+1 I have never had an issue with any Diamine ink.  For a darker blue, Sargasso Sea is great.  Lighter blue; Sapphire.  Diamine works well in all of my pens.  Good flow and great saturation.  They are reasonably priced, so they shouldn't break a student's budget.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 20:27

As a Brit, I find it nice to see that Diamine inks are getting some great promotional comments. Which of course they should.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 20:57

Pelikan Royal Blue writes well in every pen I own.  It is inexpensive and widely available.

I have been using Noodler's Blue in all my pens.  AT $5 per ounce, it is the average

"cheap" price.  Two ounces of ink is a lot of ink !


Esterbrook J-series pens don't write dry.  Some of the nibs do.  Some write wet.  There

forty difference nibs. 

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 01:28

I just loaded my "new" Esterbrook with Lamy blue and I like it. Have not used it in quite a while so it's refreshing to reconnect with a simple, reasonably priced blue ink.

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 03:11

As Sasha notes, Esterbrooks don't write dry, but the nibs might.  To me, in an Esterbrook, the whole deal is the nib and the ink...the pen is a vehicle and is easily swapped for another.  That may be a little inverse, but so be it.

You're using a 2668, one of my favorites.  I prefer the 2xxx over the 9xxx, because I like the feedback.  The 2668's are sweet, wet mediums and they write like a dream with almost anything.  I like to use my 2668 to experiment with new inks, using the logic that "if it doesn't work with this 2668, it ain't gonna work..." So if you look at my signature now, you'll see an Esterbrook, with a 2668, using Sailor Kiwagiro ink, the first time I've tried this ink.  

They are amazing, durable, and versatile nibs.  Enjoy, and buy a couple more!


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 16:06

I have found the Estie shorthand nibs nice writers. They appear to be F maybe XF, no flex, but the ink flow is excellent even with the modern saturated Noodler's inks I've used in one Estie. 


Think about it, shorthand writers needed to have a pen, nib, ink write in an instant everytime, perfect ink flow with repeated quick up and down strokes. No feathering, no muss no fuss. 


As for inks, I'd look for the least expensive way to get a Waterman or Daimine ink in a color you like for day in day out school work. Easy on the eyes for notes all day and easy on the eye for an instructor to read papers. Something like Waterman Blue-Black (now Mysterious Blue), Florida Blue (now Serenity Blue). 


While I love and have many tons of Noodler's inks, if you told me I could only have one brand of ink for all my pens, forever, considering I have many old special pens, I'd have to go super safe with Waterman. 

For my Peacock Blue Sheaffer Snorkel I use Richard Binder's mix of 1:1 Fla Blue : Purple. That mix could be too bright for school but you can adjust.

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