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Esterbrook Dip Pens For Everyday Writing


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#1 corgicoupe

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 19:29

There are a number of Esterbrook Penholders illustrated in Paul Hoban's book, "The Fountain Pens of Esterbrook" and this forum is almost entirely about fountain pens. However, I recently got interested in dip pens and pen holders when given a vintage agate and brass penholder with an Esterbrook #314 nib. I had recently purchased an Estie fountain pen with a 9314-M nib which I found to write nicely, so I tried the dip pen with the 314 and discovered it wrote as well as the 9314. Having made about 50 fountain pen kits and having tired of the limited creativity they afforded and the cost of the kits, I played with the idea of kitless pens, which on these forums have done, but realized it was going to require a major investment in equipment and time to learn to use a metal lathe for turning, I set that idea aside and decided to turn a few dip pen holders. I bought a half dozen #314 bronze nibs and 10 penholder inserts, and this is what I produced.

 

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The Rosewood pen has an Esterbrook 442 nib, much like the 2442 FP nib; the Gabon Ebony pen has a Blackstone 284 nib, like a 9284 Signature Stub; and the Zebrawood pen has the 314 Relief nib, like the 2314 or 9314 nibs, probably F or M.

 

I'm wondering if any of you have delved into the world of dip pens and Esterbrook pen nibs, and if so what nibs and inks do you find give the most pleasure. I limit the question to Esterbrook nibs solely because this is an Esterbrook forum.

 

 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 00:05

The 556 is a good, every-day writer. Others I like a lot include, in no particular order,
453 Business and College. Big but flexible and very durable
761 Natural Slant. Very nice Fine, semi-flex, great for correspondence
531 Flyer. A small spoon pen with pinched waist and turned up tip. Very smooth, some flex, holds a lot of ink
14 Bank Pen. Charles Schultz used the Radio version of this pen to draw all of the Peanuts comics. Long, medium fine and firm-flex.
128 extra fine elastic. Great for decorative writing

There are so many. These are just a few


Edited by AAAndrew, 12 February 2018 - 18:58.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 17:35

Nice work!



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:06

Thank you. I appreciate your comment. I want to make one minor change in the design and will post an image when I feel it's right.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:06

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I need a 913 to compare to...Have anyone tried to mount a 313 or 913 912 on a FP?



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 15:35

The 9xx pens of Esterbrook are the same as the originals, but just with the silver-alloy “Radio” coating.

 

Most manufacturers had their silvery versions. Hunt just puts an “X” before the original number, so the 64 becomes the X-64.  Others called their's the Silverine, or Neva-Rust or whatever marketing name they came up with. It does seem to confer some degree of rust inhibition over the straight metal, at least for the Esterbrook’s, but it doesn’t impact performance at all. 

 

Charles Schultz used the 914 for all of his Peanuts comic strips, and so the 914's are difficult to find, and more expensive when you do. But the 14 Bank pen is the exact same kind of pen, and you can sometimes find quite early ones, which are of much better quality, for cheaper just because they don't have the coating. 

 

And American Civil War historian Shelby Foote was fond of the 313 Probate. That's the pen he used to write all 3000+ pages of his giant Civil War tome. The 313 is a fairly broad stub pen, and you can see it in a page of his manuscript notes. 

 

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 15:49

You think I will be a famoust writer if I buy all the Probate 313?

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