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Esterbrook Safari Plastic

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#1 professorcrey


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Posted 05 November 2017 - 00:20

Howdy Folks,


I recently scored an inexpensive esterbrook safari with one of the original style plastic caps. As I understand is very common with these pens (because the plastic is pretty thin and cheap) its got a couple hairline cracks on the cap lip. My initial thought is to try to stabilize the cracks with some solvent welding. I've spent the past few days scouring the internet including posts in this sub-forum but haven't been able to directly confirm what type of plastic is used in these pens. Is it celluloid like they used to construct the J-series models or perhaps a different type? Any expertise on this matter anyone could share would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 19:14

I don't know anything about the specific materials in the plastics, but I do notice that the later pens have a material that is of lower quality than the J pen series.  

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 15:41

I should think these pens we made in the vacuum forming or extrusion process

Brighter minds than mine could tell you more about the processes

Here are a couple photos of my Safari drawer shared with my Dubonnet Red Pens

I see my Estie Cabinet has another drawer with some other colored Safari's

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 21:52

Gadzooks!  What a lot of red pens!


My Safari cartridge pen seems to have weaker plastic than my Safari plunger fillers or my M2 pens.  The cartridge pen has a hairline crack in the section, but it can be made to write with a cartridge.  It has a Lamy cartridge in it presently.

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