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Non-Esterbrook Nib Suggestions For An Esterbrook Js And A #16 Silicone Sac Source

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#1 1791thinkshop


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Posted 05 November 2017 - 16:37

I know that there are plenty of threads regarding some issues I'm having with my Estie Lever fill circa '40's (sac not expanding when filling though it's a new one, feed not running properly, etc..), but what I am posting for was some recommendations from you all for an F or EF preferably non-flex nib. I'm already aware that the #1550 (EF) or #1461 (F) can't get the hob done, but a less scratchy EF would be sweet. I've got. Zebra G Comic on it now, but would like to have the option of putting her into my daily carry rotation and I write small so usually carry F/EF. I'd prefer to have an entire unit for her (section, feed, nib). Also, is there a comparable silicone sac that I could fit her with as the silicone had a better fill property because of the former spring of the material over latex)? Andersen Pen for example has listed 14, 15, 17, and 18 1/2 sized silicone sacs, but no 16's... does someone have 16's for an Estie JS? Or can I put a 15 silicone sac on an Estie? I'm sorry if these seem like silly questions. So suggestions for either the nib/unit, silicone sac, and/or sellers would be greatly appreciated and I thank this entire community that helps each other out with rare animosity displayed in the public area. Thank you for your indulgence and I do hope this discussion might be beneficial to many more than just my needs..
I'll edit this with pictures this afternoon because she really is a beauty.
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Edited by 1791thinkshop, 05 November 2017 - 17:49.

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 19:07

Osmiroid nibs fit...I have a six pack of italic nibs, BB, B, M, M-F, F, EF.

There are other Osmiroid nibs from that time that fit the Esterbrook.

A 15 sac will fit...

rubber is reputed to be better than silicon....it's been ages since I had enough Esterbrooks to worry about, but read then not to use the silicon.


There is a Esterbrook sub section where you could get better answers.

Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 05 November 2017 - 19:08.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,


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Posted 05 November 2017 - 22:21

You might try a 9550 or 9556.


If the sac is staying flat, that's not because the material isn't springy enough -- something is wrong with the pen, probably a clogged point.

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 22:32

Pelikan M2XX and M4XX nibs will screw into the Esterbrook J.  They protrude a bit farther than Esterbrook nibs, but I have written with them in a J in order to get an acceptably smooth extra fine nib.  I have used the M200 gold plated nib and the M400 14K EF nib.  I believe these nibs protrude from the section less than 1/8 inch.


I think sections are hard to find, and variability in manufacture means that some sections will not fit some barrels.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:58

I have done surgery and replace the Esterbrook nibs with generic Chinese M nibs (= western F).  They write great.


I think it is NOT recommended to use silicone for a lever filler.

I have not had any problem with latex sacs on my Esterbrooks.

If it is not filling, the nib unit may be clogged and needs cleaning.

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