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My First Esterbrook From My First Pen Meet!

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#1 siopaopei

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 10:08

Today I attended my first pen meet with fellow fountain pen enthusiasts in my area of Manila. I went home with a few bottles of ink, a Sheaffer VFM, and my very first Esterbrook.

 

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It's a green Esterbrook J (I don't know exactly what kind of green this is). The nib is a beautiful 9968 firm broad which writes so smooth and wet. 

 

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I filled it with Diamine Meadow, a happy shade of green to fit its vibrant color. I am surprised with how smooth this pen writes, and I'm pleased that I got it at a good price (about $38). 



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 10:29

A Beauty of a pen, but I love all the Esterbrooks with that mottled/marbled coloring. My first fountain pen was a green Estie SJ.
That nib sure looks like it writes smoothly, I'll have to keep my eye out for one to try in one of my esties. I like a larger nib, fine and extra fines just don't suit my writing style.
Nice Score! Enjoy it!
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#3 siopaopei

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 10:34

A Beauty of a pen, but I love all the Esterbrooks with that mottled/marbled coloring. My first fountain pen was a green Estie SJ.
That nib sure looks like it writes smoothly, I'll have to keep my eye out for one to try in one of my esties. I like a larger nib, fine and extra fines just don't suit my writing style.
Nice Score! Enjoy it!

 

Thank you, I am enjoying it immensely. Looks like the lady who sold it to me took good care of it. :)



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 13:13

Very nice.   I hope you enjoy for many years to come!



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 13:23

I like that nib, and will have to keep my eyes open for one of my J-Series Esties.  My black Double Jewel Estie has a 2314 B-stub, which is a very nice writer.  Beautiful color Diamine ink as well.   How long have you been collecting FPs?



#6 siopaopei

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 13:26

I like that nib, and will have to keep my eyes open for one of my J-Series Esties.  My black Double Jewel Estie has a 2314 B-stub, which is a very nice writer.  Beautiful color Diamine ink as well.   How long have you been collecting FPs?

 

Hi Helen, I started on the first week of May, 2014. :)



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 13:58

Nice!  They become addicting, so you have been forewarned.   B)



#8 siopaopei

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 15:03

Nice!  They become addicting, so you have been forewarned.   B)

 

Haha, yes. I definitely see what you mean. I kind of want another one right after using this one.



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 17:46

That's a beauty! And, no doubt, the first of many :) Did you enjoy the "pen-y" environment at the meet?

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#10 siopaopei

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 18:56

That's a beauty! And, no doubt, the first of many :) Did you enjoy the "pen-y" environment at the meet?


I sure did. :) The FP community I met with are a bunch of really nice people. Looking forward to the next meet this November. :)

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 05:51

Congratulations! You did very well for yourself. I will try to diminish the amount of my envy by saying that I prefer the extra fine to fine nibs and that the last thing I need is another green Esterbrook J. But I am not even fooling myself. I hope you enjoy this wonderful (first of several, I am sure) Esterbrook J and meeting with your fellow fountain pen enthusiasts there.

 

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#12 siopaopei

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 09:57

Congratulations! You did very well for yourself. I will try to diminish the amount of my envy by saying that I prefer the extra fine to fine nibs and that the last thing I need is another green Esterbrook J. But I am not even fooling myself. I hope you enjoy this wonderful (first of several, I am sure) Esterbrook J and meeting with your fellow fountain pen enthusiasts there.

 

-David.

 

 

Haha, thank you, David. :) 



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 13:25

Beautiful pen. I really like the color and the ink you chose is a wonderful match.  :thumbup:



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Posted 28 October 2014 - 06:41

Nice Estie.  The great thing about Esties is that they are working pens.  They were not as fancy, and not as finely constructed as the Parkers, Wahls and Watermans of their day, but they were simple and functional.  The plastic was pretty tough (Except the black and the stuff they made the purse pens out of) and the stainless hardware didn't brass or corrode away.  I have several grey ones, a few blacks and a few M-2, deluxe and safaris.  When I need to grab a pen to write with, I grab my Grey "J" as often as my Parkers or Waterman.  No matter how many pens you get, you will always love your Esterbrook!

 

Enjoy it.  


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 03:16

Did you ask if the pen was resaced?  At $38, I hope it was.

The potential problem is, if the sac is original Esterbrook, it will be a 60+ year old sac, that could fail at any time.

And that would be messy.  :(

 

My advice, if in doubt, get the ink sac replaced.


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 06:22

Did you ask if the pen was resaced?  At $38, I hope it was.

The potential problem is, if the sac is original Esterbrook, it will be a 60+ year old sac, that could fail at any time.

And that would be messy.  :(

 

My advice, if in doubt, get the ink sac replaced.

 

It was freshly sacced. :)



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Posted 29 October 2014 - 11:16

Very nice find, siopaopei! Enjoy your lovely pen!



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 07:25

Congratulations, the first one I had in 1956 was a green marbled J, now I am the proud owner of 3 greens.



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 02:51

Well done! And the ink compliments the pen beautifully! I sold most of my Estie collection but I have been itching to pick up a few more!


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Posted 05 November 2014 - 06:07

That is a stunning pen and I love the nib too. So are you using it, do you love it?


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