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#1 MusterMark

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 11:58

I never really got the appeal of Esterbrooks. Was always tempted by the Parkers and Sheaffers more. Then a few weeks ago I found a blue J series, restored, in an antique mall for $20. I thought, what the heck. Its a no brainer at $20.

Since that first one, Ive bought 5 more on eBay. They're so easy to restore. And I havent found a bad nib yet. Ive always loved Lamy Safaris, and these feel like a more grown-up version of that idea.

In short, I got bit by the bug hard. I was totally wrong, guys. Esties are awesome!

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 16:26

I was bitten by the bug that gives you the fever.  It was interesting.  Try the different types.


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#3 Hobiwan

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 21:54

Always happy am I to extend a warm "Welcome to Estyville!" to a new enthusiast. Also love those Parkers & Sheaffers.


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Posted 02 August 2018 - 23:12

Even with all of the fancy pens I've worked on, and have owned, I never pass up an Esterbrook at a reasonable price.  The nicest writing pen I own, bar none, is a Visumaster with a 9668 nib.  I have I am afraid, caused many people to covet when I hand them the pen to try.


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Posted 03 August 2018 - 00:22

Thanks!

Always happy am I to extend a warm "Welcome to Estyville!" to a new enthusiast. Also love those Parkers & Sheaffers.



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Posted 03 August 2018 - 00:23

I was bitten by the bug that gives you the fever.  It was interesting.  Try the different types.

I have a dollar pen coming through the mail this weekend. ;)

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 00:32

I never really got the appeal of Esterbrooks. Was always tempted by the Parkers and Sheaffers more. Then a few weeks ago I found a blue J series, restored, in an antique mall for $20. I thought, what the heck. Its a no brainer at $20.

Since that first one, Ive bought 5 more on eBay. They're so easy to restore. And I havent found a bad nib yet. Ive always loved Lamy Safaris, and these feel like a more grown-up version of that idea.

In short, I got bit by the bug hard. I was totally wrong, guys. Esties are awesome!

 

Yeah, Esties are like potato chips.  You can't have just one....  Weirdly, it took me a long time to actually get a blue one (I'm still kicking myself over not picking up that first blue one when I had the chance, but back then I didn't know enough about vintage pens -- it amused the heck out of me, though, because it had the imprint for some insurance company in NW Pennsylvania).

So what nibs do you have on yours?  

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 00:45

Welcome aboard!



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Posted 03 August 2018 - 22:32

I have a dollar pen coming through the mail this weekend. ;)

 

Uh Oh ... dare we predict discovery of the legendary Visumaster in your future???

Such as .....

 

http://www.esterbrook.net/j.shtml


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 17:00

Yes, like the 3 "P"'s often found for free in Pa bars 

 Esties are addictive.

 

For the entry price, you can not beat them

 

Want a different nib, just  buy a replacement  nib cartridge  and swap it out, no need for a second pen

Simply engineered  and are  truly maintenance free 

 

I can not tell you how many time I have removed the section to find the Factory branded sac still soft and pliable

 

No pen maker of that time ever gave more value for your money.


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 18:45

They are. (awesome) 

I've heard interesting history of Estie's used out in field work where a reliable pen was an essential tool 

Plus even "I" was able to resac an Estie. (causing no harm) ;-) 



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Posted 10 August 2018 - 14:22

 

Yeah, Esties are like potato chips.  You can't have just one....  Weirdly, it took me a long time to actually get a blue one (I'm still kicking myself over not picking up that first blue one when I had the chance, but back then I didn't know enough about vintage pens -- it amused the heck out of me, though, because it had the imprint for some insurance company in NW Pennsylvania).

So what nibs do you have on yours?  

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The one sitting at my desk has a 9668 nib, which is just fantastic. All of the others have 2xxx level mediums, fines, or extra fines. They all write great, though!



#13 MusterMark

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 14:22

They are. (awesome) 

I've heard interesting history of Estie's used out in field work where a reliable pen was an essential tool 

Plus even "I" was able to resac an Estie. (causing no harm) ;-) 

I could definitely see that. They're very pretty and always seem to be the most undamaged of the vintage pens I've seen "in the wild."








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