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#161 Tootles

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 23:26

That is one of the most informative articles I have yet read on the subject of Esterbrooks.

 

At this point I would like to show you all my latest acquisition (and only Esterbrook). Unfortunately I cannot do so as it is taking an unscheduled holiday of indeterminate length in Israel, and most likely will never be coming back.

 

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#162 corgicoupe

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 02:11

Excellent response, Bruce. I will definitely add a few Esterbrooks to my small collection, a collection that i intend to keep small.

 

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:48

And, as an added benefit, the residents of Estieville are pretty great folks.


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#164 Tootles

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 08:47

I think my Esterbrook search is over. It's been too stressful. I am unable to secure even a single decent example.



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Posted 20 March 2015 - 16:16

I think my Esterbrook search is over. It's been too stressful. I am unable to secure even a single decent example.

 

What all have you been looking for?


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 20:40

The nib was the most important bit. It had to be a 9314-M. After trying one I really liked it, although a 9312 italic would be more than acceptable. Beyond that, colours Blue, Red, Copper, Grey, models J, transitional or Dollar. As you can see, other than the nib, my choices are fairly broad, but it had to be a good example, not just any old beater. So if it was a red J it would need to be a deep lustrous red for example.

 

I am sure in the US you have an easy time of finding Esties to satisfy your needs. Being overseas means I have no real resources.

 

Portland, eh? I have a cousin who lives there, and a simply amazing American woman who I worked with here (NZ) for a couple for years, and who taught me much about life, also resides there. Small world!



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Posted 20 March 2015 - 21:49

That sucks. I just read the shipping saga post. That's really irritating. Portland is a neat place. Has a pen shop, was well as a smaller paper shop/press. Hopefully the right pen will appear for you!


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Posted 21 March 2015 - 03:28

Highly unlikely at this point. It would require contacts that I simply do not have and am unlikely to acquire.



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Posted 21 March 2015 - 08:52

My only Esterbrook pen is a desk set that was left in the office when I was assigned a desk in grad school back in 1964. I was told that I could have it, so it has been with me for years & years. I will be replacing the sac in a few days, and plan to use it more now that I've again become interested in fountain pens.

 

I remember having a red one back in grammar school, but it is lost forever. I'm wondering what is the reason that those on this forum find attractive about the Esterbrooks. They are not the high quality of Parker and Pelikan or even Sheaffer, but I gather that they are seen by many as quality pens. Is it the ease of changing nibs? Is it the price point? Are they really seen as beauties? Is it their availability? I think I would like to get a few more to add to my small stable [< 10] of Parkers and Sheaffers, but am unsure what to be looking for and where. I have re-saced two pens, but have no desire to expand my skill set to do real restoration, so I'm guessing i ought to stick to already-restored pens.

 

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The nib in this one is in the shadow of the tree. Sorry.

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I have the very same desk pen and 8-ball holder that I picked up at a local antique shop. The lever doesn't work on mine, but I can fill it by pulling the section out of the body and squeezing the sac manually. I'm not mechanically inclined enough to replace the rusted metalworks, but I will eventually send it off to have it fixed. It came with a 1555 Gregg nib which I didn't think I would like, but it turned out to be a great and smooth nib.


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:34

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 02:42


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"The copper does not have a clear section. According to Anderson's Esterbrook dot net site this pen is correct. (Not all Visumasters had clear sections). You can't see the cap very well in the photo, but it has a three ribbed jewel. I'm not sure if the nib is correct for this pen though."

The copper visumaster in the first photo has amazing color...a beautiful pen. Great find and BTW great gift. Lucky girlfriend!

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 02:42


NobleDel

"The copper does not have a clear section. According to Anderson's Esterbrook dot net site this pen is correct. (Not all Visumasters had clear sections). You can't see the cap very well in the photo, but it has a three ribbed jewel. I'm not sure if the nib is correct for this pen though."

The copper visumaster in the first photo has amazing color...a beautiful pen. Great find and BTW great gift. Lucky girlfriend!

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 03:07

One of our more fortunate members here scored 3 of the Copper Visu III's at one time on Fleabay.

 

I coulda, shudda had one of them... 

 

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 05:38

My latest Esterbrook (sorry it's not up to the standards of other people's pens, but it's "wot I got"TM

 

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 06:42

Had a rummage through my old desk drawer and thought I would do a family photo. Looks like I have more Esterbrooks than I thought! :D

 

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 11:14

Highly unlikely at this point. It would require contacts that I simply do not have and am unlikely to acquire.

 

And if someone had a blue transitional Esterbrook J with a 9314-M, would you be interested?

 

Cool dip nibs.  I suspect that getting a real dip pen and playing with all those different nibs out there is in my future.



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 11:15

I have the very same desk pen and 8-ball holder that I picked up at a local antique shop. The lever doesn't work on mine, but I can fill it by pulling the section out of the body and squeezing the sac manually. I'm not mechanically inclined enough to replace the rusted metalworks, but I will eventually send it off to have it fixed. It came with a 1555 Gregg nib which I didn't think I would like, but it turned out to be a great and smooth nib.

 

 

I found a black one a few weeks ago when I was in Helena Montana!  I dipped the nib and it writes beautifully. I just need to track down a tool to put the sac on (I have the sac, talc, and shellac ready and waiting).



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 11:18

 

 

I found a black one a few weeks ago when I was in Helena Montana!  I dipped the nib and it writes beautifully. I just need to track down a tool to put the sac on (I have the sac, talc, and shellac ready and waiting).

 

I use a pair of tweezers, with the tip ground smooth.  I probably spent less than $1 on them.



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 11:27

 

And if someone had a blue transitional Esterbrook J with a 9314-M, would you be interested?

 

Cool dip nibs.  I suspect that getting a real dip pen and playing with all those different nibs out there is in my future.

 

I am still languishing with a plastic speedball oblique and an E+M straight holder. I really must get a nicer holder, thinking of it.



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 14:50

 

 

I found a black one a few weeks ago when I was in Helena Montana!  I dipped the nib and it writes beautifully. I just need to track down a tool to put the sac on (I have the sac, talc, and shellac ready and waiting).

You can actually pull the sac on with your fingers, but tweezers can help. Put the shellac on the section nipple, put the sac over one edge of the nipple, then pull the remainder of the sac over the nipple. Work quickly so the shellac doesn't dry. Tweezers make grabbing the sac for the last step easier, but if you fumble around too much the shellac will dry.


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