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.
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.