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#1 Vespagirl

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 22:51

I just receive my first Esterbrook last week. This is a sweet little marbled grey SJ which I adore writing with. I have one problem, however, the cap is very loose when posted. Today, it even flew off while I was writing.

Since this is my first Esterbrook, I have to ask, is this normal? I have rather small hands and I can write with the pen unposted, but I find it more comfortable posted and I have a fear of losing the cap. Any suggestions? The cap and barrel appear undamaged.

Thank you for the help.

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#2 corgicoupe

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 23:40

You probably need to press it on just a tad more.


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:54

Is is NOT normal for a new Esterbrook.  However, your SJ is the same age as am I.  Some of my parts are loose, as well.  Nothing about which to be concerned.  I never post the cap on my many vintage fountain pens.  Over the decades, the material can become brittle.  Flaws can develop in the cap.  I would advise against  JAMMING  the pen into the cap.  

 

I have no stake in the longevity of your Esterbrook cap.  However, if someone splits my Esterbrook, we may see mayhem.  On the other hand, I have three dozen Esterbrooks, and would not miss one of them.  How many do you have ?


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 03:12

I too would not suggest jamming the cap on the barrel, but I believe they can be pressed on firmly enough that they not fall off. I am open to be corrected on that.

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#5 Vespagirl

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:23

I try to press firmly, but I am hesitant to push too hard. I really do not want to crack the top.

This is my first and, at present only, Esterbrook. I am enjoying this one so much that I certainly think I will get more when funds allow. It is nice to enjoy this one while I can. A beautiful pen of this age, especially when it works this well, is a gift. I will just have to learn not to post the cap.

Thank you for the advice.

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 20:23

quote:  Today, it even flew off while I was writing.

 

How are you writing that a cap would "fly off" while you are writing?

Sorry but I just cannot picture this.


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#7 Vespagirl

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 21:01

Fair question! I don't really remember exactly what I was doing, but, knowing me, I think I swung it up after setting the pen down for a second. Since the cap was posted, it experienced the greatest centripetal motion.

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 22:15

The cap rings sometimes go out-of-round over the years, with age and use (even abuse).  I've seen a bunch of those, and I have had a few that don't post well.  It's something I've seen more on the slender pens, like the LJ or SJ.  You can press the cap on with a little bit of pressure, but I wouldn't jam it on.  Esterbrooks are pretty forgiving, but they do have limits.



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 23:27

The cap rings sometimes go out-of-round over the years, with age and use (even abuse).  I've seen a bunch of those, and I have had a few that don't post well.  It's something I've seen more on the slender pens, like the LJ or SJ.  You can press the cap on with a little bit of pressure, but I wouldn't jam it on.  Esterbrooks are pretty forgiving, but they do have limits.


That's good to know. Thank you.

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 11:26

quote:  Today, it even flew off while I was writing.

 

How are you writing that a cap would "fly off" while you are writing?

Sorry but I just cannot picture this.

 

I'm picturing Vespagirl as one of these arm flailing tube folks.

 

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Only makes sense that the cap would fly off while writing. :lticaptd:


Edited by NinthSphere, 04 February 2017 - 11:27.


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 13:22

NinthSphere, I've had my moments 😉






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