First of all, I've tried searching for more information on this topic, and didn't find what I was looking for. Forgive me if this subject has already been flushed out.
I recently purchased an Esterbrook J on a whim, and set to work on restoring my first pen to working order. I was able to pull the section off and remove the disintegrating sac, but found my first roadblock in removing the nib unit from the section. Long story short, I soaked the pen in a solution of ammonia, water, and dish soap and was able to clean out all the old ink and successfully unscrew the nib unit. Now however, I think I may have damaged the pen!
Apparently you're not supposed to soak ebonite in water right, and I could be wrong but the whole section is ebonite. I can't imagine soaking in ammonia did anything to help either. The section is now a different color than the barrel, slightly greenish very dark grey instead of black, and is more matte than glossy, again unlike the barrel.
My questions are as follows.
- If you're not supposed to soak ebonite, how would i have cleaned out the ink from the section?
- I'm considering attempting to restore the old finish by buffing away the damaged surface of the section. Should I go ahead and give this a try?
I've attached a photo of the pen. As a final note, it's possible that it already looked like this. I honestly can't tell.
This is a photo from the original ebay listing. It looks like it might already have been even less slightly discolored?
Edited by Driphtwood, 07 December 2016 - 20:26.