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#61 jmccarty3


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Posted 17 November 2018 - 15:42

Although I like the looks of the Estie, I almost certainly would not have bought one if I hadn't tried it at the Dallas Pen Show. The nib is excellent, and I like the ingenious cap closure mechanism. The overall quality and feel are comparable to pens of similar price. I like it. I do admire vintage Esterbrooks and have several J pens, but the name on this pen doesn't offend me.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 13:52


Plus, having the marketing pitch about Abe Lincoln having used an Estie (dip nib I presume), at a pen show booth isn't kosher, they had nothing to do with the past company nor have any connection to them, and really don't deserve to peddle that deception.

It is incredibly unlikely Abe ever used an Esterbrook. Abe was assasinated in 1865. Esterbrook started their factory in 1861 (with some limited pen production as early as 1858), but didn’t really get going until closer to 1866. I do know of one steel pen used by the President. It’s in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society and was given to a Massachusetts Congressman by Lincoln as the pen with which he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It was from a stationer in NYC (B&P Lawrence) and almost certainly British made. While Lincoln was alive, the main American steel pen being used in Washington DC in the gov’t was made by Myer Phineas in NYC. (At least according to departmental request for bids published at the time).

We have another claim from the time that Lincoln used a gold dip pen made by Piquette in Detroit.

No Esterbrooks that I’ve found.

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