I haven't seen much talk of the revived Esterbrooks hitting the market. Yes, the new "J" pens were......................(I'll be gentle) ........not good.
The new Esterbooks since Kenro became involved are different.
Here's my take;
I just got back from the Philly Pen Show. Multiple dealers at the show have the new Esties. Kenro is there too, pushing them hard.
I rolled the dice. I got one in Tortoise ShelI. I can't post a picture because my tech abilities are stuck in the 1950s. Google for pictures.
Short story is (IMHO).......Kenro hit a home run.
No, they don't resemble a vintage "J". If you want a vintage "J", get one. $40. Done.
They are a cigar shaped acrylic converter pen just like Conklin, Edison,Bexley, etc. Nothing special there.
But they are done nice. Real nice. Build quality seems excellent. Dare I say as good as a Franklin Christoph? (I am a big FC fan)
Before anyone bemoans the fact that they aren't exact duplicates of a Camden NJ "J" made In 1952, hear me out.
Ask yourselves, why do we love the vintage Esterbrooks?
The nib is a #6 Jowo. That means any of your #6 Masuyama massaged FC nibs will fit. Stubs, cursive italics etc.
Get the converter, (yes an additional $40.00) and put in any vintage "real" Easterbrook nib. I chose a 9314M. Nice.
Good pen, cigar shaped vintage inspired, and can use any jowo, or vintage Esterbrook nib.
Winner in my book.
I am exceptionally pleased with my purchase.
Problem is, I have about 30+ nibs to choose from!