Copper Esterbrook (J?) w/2284 nib.
I thought I had lost this one, (fully 50% of my Esterbrook stock!) after just a month or so of 'getting acquainted'.
Starting in July I made a few trips around the western US; Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, not a lot compared to some but let's just say I am now pretty darned good at tying my shoes while running down a p0lished linoleum corridor filled with mobile obstacles.
I'm in between trips just now (leaving for Vermont early Sunday am) so took time out to change up the rotation, and in doing so I realized this little beauty was nowhere to be found. I turned my messy office upside down (once to see if, ... and then again just to make sure). No luck. I then sat down and thought, slowly it dawned on me that this one had made that first trip to sweltering AZ in July. I went through my carry on, my computer case, my messenger bag but again, no pen.
Then earlier today the battery in one of my hearing aids started to die (I get a little carillon tune in my ear when this happens). So I went to the secret zipper compartment in the bottom of my messy-enger bag and LO!, what should appear but my lovely little copper Estie swaddled in a snack size zip lock bag.
Isn't it ironic how much you miss your water when the well runs dry? All the worse in this case because this little pen writes like a champ and is a real looker. That messenger bag fits under the seat so you can be sure it got kicked half way across the western US, quite a test for an old fountain pen. So fearing the worst but anxious to know, I pulled it out, wiped the ink off the nib, swabbed out the cap and put pen to paper. Off she went like a pup fresh from the kennel. It was as if this pen was writing itself! Never skipped a beat, you would have thought it had been sitting in the pen stand on the desk overnight.
As a general rule I don't travel with expensive, or 'special' pens. I broke the rule this time because I had only recently acquired the pen and was still fully engaged in the infatuation phase. I'm sure you all know what I mean. I considered taking it with me to Vermont, but that's not going to happen. Airplane overheads and seatback pockets, rental car consoles, motel desk drawers and restaurant booth cushions are all something like black holes for me. I have my traveling act pretty much together but it is not uncommon to find airport paperbacks, water bottles, packs of gum, and cheap sunglasses mysteriously missing from time to time.
Likely I will have a trusty but expendable Schaeffer No Nonsense or something similar with me. But let me tell you, today was a very good day even if I am staring at a cross country flight on Sunday. It gets better, the Hawks played last night so I won't think much about football while in the air.
happy as a clam in sand I would say.