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Kenro Acquires The "revived" Esterbrook Company


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#21 penrivers

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:32

They are buying a name, nor a pasion or obsesion, in doing that they forget the research, the advice of old  esterbrooks workers, locate the old machines, the paints, the machinery fo the nibs etc, fortunately I have all the j series and sj with all their colors here in México.



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 15:39

https://goldspot.com..._eid=253308c50d >

 

Latest word on this....



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 22:39

nary a word about the future of the "box" for these pens.....

 

I do applaud (& with great respect) GOLDSPOT PENS for their very delicately worded comments & inquiry to Kenro Representatives.  It reassures me to know there are some persons who are not merely lying in wait to gush over whatever is produced & offered for sale. 



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 22:48

Mr Rosenberg owns Mabie Todd and Chilton brands as well?

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 22:57

The key words: This pens will be replaced wit new designs..... Thats all forget about the beloved vintages to be made again.



#26 JotterAddict62

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 02:09

I Want a New Pen
Oh
I want a new pen, one that won't make me use too muck ink
One that won't make me cash my paycheck
Or make me feel feet, feet, feet thick
I want a new pen, one that won't hurt my hand
One that won't make my ink too dry
Or make my eyes too red to see
One that won't make me nervous when I drop it
Wonderin' what to do
One that makes me feel like I feel when I'm with you
When I'm alone with you
I want a new pen, one that won't flex
One that don't cost too much
Or come in a box
I want a new pen, one that won't go away
One that won't keep me up all night writing
One that won't make me write all day
One that won't make me nervous
Wonderin' what to do
One that makes me feel like I feel when I'm with you
I'm alone with you
I'm alone with you, baby
I want a new pen, one that does what it should
One that won't make me feel too bad
One that won't make me feel too good
I want a new pen, one with no doubt it works
One that won't make me pay to much
Or make my nib break out
One that won't make me nervous
Wonderin' what to do
One that makes me feel like I feel when I'm with you
I'm alone with you
I'm alone with you, yeah, yeah

 



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Posted 24 April 2018 - 06:32

Musical commentary!  Well, regarding anonymous commodity-market pens bearing classic brand names,

 

ladies and gentlemen,

 

Frank Zappa:

 

You told your Mom you're stoked on Tom
And went for a cruise in Freddie's car
Tommy's asking
Where you are
You boogied all night in a cheesy bar
Plastic boots and plastic hat
And you think you know where it's at?


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:44

Musical commentary!  Well, regarding anonymous commodity-market pens bearing classic brand names,

 

ladies and gentlemen,

 

Frank Zappa:

 

You told your Mom you're stoked on Tom
And went for a cruise in Freddie's car
Tommy's asking
Where you are
You boogied all night in a cheesy bar
Plastic boots and plastic hat
And you think you know where it's at?

 

 

Is that a Sears' poncho?

Or is that a real poncho?...



#29 Tweel

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 00:22

Oh... I'm afraid it's going to be Sears again.  And maybe striped green bellbottoms from Penny's, too.


fpn_1375035941__postcard_swap.png * * * "Don't neglect to write me several times from different places when you may."
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#30 mmg122

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 05:27

nary a word about the future of the "box" for these pens.....
 
I do applaud (& with great respect) GOLDSPOT PENS for their very delicately worded comments & inquiry to Kenro Representatives.  It reassures me to know there are some persons who are not merely lying in wait to gush over whatever is produced & offered for sale.

Well said, Jack. Thanks for the link to Goldspot Pens interview. Unfortunately after reading it I have doubts that Kenro will fare any better than Rosenberg did. If I was relaunching Esterbrook I would duplicate the original nib choices (that would fit in modern as well as vintage Esties), duplicate Estie sizing (J, LJ, SJ), make them easily repairable and easily affordable. Just making any old pen and slapping the Esterbrook name on it will not entice me because Im in the market to buy an Esterbrook pen not an Esterbrook branded pen. Hope that makes sense.

Mary

Edited by mmg122, 25 April 2018 - 05:28.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 15:53

I suspect, though, that to make new versions of the Renew-Point nibs, the cost per nib would be significantly greater than to buy a vintage one. A common one would most likely be in line with getting one of the rare vintage ones. 

 

Just a guess based on knowledge of the tolerances you'd have to put into the whole nib/collar/screw unit. 

 

The problem with reviving this name and trying to make pens like the original Esterbrook J pens, is that there are so many of the old ones still out there. I'd go with a revival of the 314 Relief pens. Those are sufficiently rare and desirable that people might be willing to pay good money for. And you could extend the gold nib theme past the 314 Relief. I'd replicate some of the classic, more desirable nibs, like the 9048, in gold and put them into replicas of the more esoteric Esterbrooks, like the icicles or even some of the funky purse pen colors. 

 

How about a gold 314 Relief nib in a Doctor's set?  I'd go for one of those, even if it was a C/C. 



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