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Esterbrook J? ...stumped...

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#1 gweimer1

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 20:52

I got this one in the mail today.  I'm not quite sure what it is, and I haven't found one like it in any of the reference pages I've searched.  It's kind of like a Safari, but not quite.  It looks more like a newer J, but the cap puzzles me.  Smaller lever bar, logo stamped around the barrel (the eBay pic showed that looking like scratches), and a cap with a very different clip.

 

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 21:07

Well, I am no expert, but the body looks like a Deluxe. But, the Deluxes (as far as I know) had metal caps. Cap sort of looks Safari-ish, but I always thought they had thinner cap bands. What does it look like in profile?


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 21:28

That's what I see - It's like one pen, then like another, but nothing solid.

 

The pen is 5 1/4" long capped, a little on the slender side like an LJ, and the metal rings on each end are a little wider than the normal Esterbrook J pens.



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 22:04

This is one of the very late LJs that have the strange clip and lever. 

IIRC from previous discussion, they are documented.  I seem to remember someone (Brian, Antoniosz...) posting a catalog shot.

My recollection is that they were made in the standard six J-family colors.

 

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 22:29

Thanks.  That's what I was thinking, but couldn't find a photo to confirm it.



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 00:27

That's cool!


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 03:11

The same clip appears on an Esterbrook .... felt tip...


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 03:19

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 03:34

Nice!



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 03:38

VERY PRETTY


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 05:00

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 05:07

Purty!

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 20:00

Very nice, I've never seen one of these. That's the great thing about collecting Esties. Every time you think you have one of everything it turns out there's more.



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Posted 14 December 2014 - 02:14

I have something very similar - thanks to Cryptos who PIF'd it to me. An LJ Bell Systems pen. Doesn't have the clip yours does, but does have the same cap band, lever and imprint - horizontal instead of the length of the barrel. Mine has a 2464 B manifold nib.


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Posted 15 December 2014 - 01:49

Update - I opened it up and started working on it tonight.  I think this pen was possibly inked only once.  The cap looks brand new.  There has never been a single drop in ink inside there.  The J bar is still shiny.  The only thing with these is that the section fit is a little funky.  The section itself doesn't seem to be as sturdy as the older J pens.



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Posted 15 December 2014 - 02:35

Compared to what we know as Estie plastic, that stuff is garbage.

 

Shrinks real bad too. It's real common to have spinning cap bands with them as a result.

 

Surely the result of severe cost cutting measures in the final days.

 

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 02:43

Shrinks real bad too. It's real common to have spinning cap bands with them as a result.

 

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Yep...I think there's a little of that going on.



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Posted 17 February 2015 - 03:44

Hello to old and new friends. I am still alive :)
Yes we talked about this in http://www.fountainp...les-shown-here/

So this could be the "Infamous" black icicle ;)

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 03:45

Man, that post was from 10 years ago...  What happen to the time?  :)



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Posted 17 February 2015 - 03:53

Man, that post was from 10 years ago...  What happen to the time?  :)

Good to see you are still playing Esterbrooks...Bad to know you are still competition...


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