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Your Esterbrook, Posted Or Unposted?


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#1 Witsius

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 04:34

Do you use your Esties posted or unposted?  I've been gravitating toward using my LJ posted.   It doesn't post as securely as something like my Pelikans, but it's more comfortable to write with posted.  Which way do you use yours?


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Posted 04 September 2016 - 06:12

For a number of decades, I wrote with my Esterbrooks posted. During that time period, while not everyone posted their pens, most did and generally considered a pen that did not post well as lacking in some way. I remember some ladies held the cap in their non-writing hand while they wrote. I also remember a couple of men who had the habit of putting the pen cap in their shirt pocket while they wrote. I always thought that was sort of strange. 

 

In the 1970's and after, I have come across non-Esterbrook pens that simply do not post well and some that just will not post at all. A friend at the time said the pens had been designed and made by people too young to know that a fountain pen was suppose to post. There was a post (on another fountain pen forum that no longer exists) about the 1980's about posting or not posting your fountain pen. I was surprised that quite a large number of those fountain pen users did not like to post their pens.

 

While, as I stated earlier, I use to always post my fountain pens, I have just lately taken to not always posting certain pens. I have begun to worry about the caps of these pens, which are nearly as old as me and some that are even older than me, developing cracks due to being posted.

 

Now that I have talked on all sides of this issue, I will sum up my position as being for posting my pen caps except for those times when I don't.

 

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 16:22

Dollar pens, J and LJ unposted / SJ posted



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Posted 04 September 2016 - 16:35

I have a Dollar and a J, and I post both.  Posted, they feel better in my hand.


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Posted 05 September 2016 - 01:12

Posted.



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Posted 05 September 2016 - 01:29

Unposted. I always hold the cap in my left hand.

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 01:47

I always write with my pens unposted. Including my Esterbrooks.

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 06:36

Depends on the pen.

- Esterbrook LJ = posted

- most of my Parkers = posted

- TWSBI Eco = unposted.  The cap is too heavy to post, as it makes the pen too tail heavy.

- ALL my Lamys = unposted.  For some reason, when posted, the Lamys become tail heavy.  This is even for pens that are designed to be posted; cp1 and pur. 

- Any pen with really nice finish = unposted, to minimize wear to the finish.  Some caps will scratch the pen.

- Any pen that like the Lamy becomes tail heavy when posted is used unposted.

- Heavy pens, are used unposted, to reduce the weight of the pen in my hand.  I prefer my pens below 20 grams.


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Posted 05 September 2016 - 10:48

Unposted. Pen in one hand, cap in the other. Unless a pen is unfeasibly small (which I don't find to be the case with Esterbrooks), and sometimes not even then.



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Posted 05 September 2016 - 13:21

Most of my pens, posted.  I have a few that will not post and one I'm afraid of cracking the cap on.



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Posted 05 September 2016 - 17:54

Esterbrooks posted, others it just depends. Most larger pens I tend to not post.
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Posted 05 September 2016 - 19:26

LJs posted. If a pen's cap won't post I usually cease to use it. I write with my left hand and like my right hand free.

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 10:09

The SJ can be used unposted, but I like it better posted.
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Posted 14 November 2016 - 17:21

Decades ago, when I used Sheaffer and Parker school-type pens, I would post. Now that almost all my pens are vintage - 50 + years old - I don't post any of them. I've seen too many nice pens with unappealing posting marks, so don't want to be the cause of those. All my pens are 125 mm or longer (capped length) so posting doesn't feel necessary for balance. 



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 18:19

I post all my Esterbrooks (Dollars, J, LJ, SM Deluxe, 2-L Relief), and most of my fountain pens in general. I like the look of a posted pen more than anything, though I suppose it makes it more comfortable to use as well.


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Posted 14 November 2016 - 20:41

My Esterbrooks are fifty and sixty years old.  For a myriad of reasons, the cap can develop flaws.  I would rather not jam a pen barrel into my Esterbrook cap, or any other vintage pen cap.  Unless the cap to a vintage pen is metal, NO, I do not post.  


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Posted 14 November 2016 - 23:04

If you take notes in meetings, with many pauses between note taking, I would not post.  Then it becomes easier to do a soft cap, so that the feed does not dry out.

 

If you loan the pen to someone, hang on to the cap, so the pen comes back to you. If they stick the pen in their pocket, they get a big ink spot on their shirt as a penalty for taking your pen.


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Posted 15 November 2016 - 00:02

Unposted, which is why I'm not attracted to the SJ. I do post my smaller Sheaffers, though.

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 00:45

SJ, posted when I want to feel professional.

 

The nice thing about Esties is that you do not have to post 'em with too much pressure for the cap to stay on for a while.


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Posted 15 November 2016 - 02:19

SJ, posted when I want to feel professional.
 
The nice thing about Esties is that you do not have to post 'em with too much pressure for the cap to stay on for a while.


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