The holder that fits it is at work. I'll see if I can post something tomorrow. Actually, it has a much finer line than you would think. (In fountain pen terms it would be a Japanese XF, as opposed to the Japanese XXXXF you get from something like the Gillott's 303) It writes a similar line to the 048 Falcon, but is more flexible. (Larger tines, doncha' know)
And you know what they say about BIG NIBS ...
They need a big holder.
The 1883 Esterbrook catalog said: "It has a medium fine point, and a beautiful and easy action which cannot be obtained in a smaller pen. Owing to its size, its capacity for holding ink is greater than any pen heretofore placed upon the market. It is especially adapted to the use of Bank Officer, Clerks, Tellers, Bill and Shipping Clerks, Correspondents, etc., etc. We also recommend its use to elderly gentlemen, because of its firmness and smoothness of point."
Sounds a lot like a marketing guy who has not actually written with it. Unless the elderly gentleman has massive, giant-like hands, it won't be that easy to use. Easy to find, granted, when the eyes start to go, but not that easy to write with.
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