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Esterbrook - New Purchase Advice Please?

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#1 Rockape



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 21:47

Hi.  I have just bought my first Esterbrook fountain pen and have a couple of queries. First of all, can anyone tell me what model of pen this is and its approximate age? The other issue is that I thought that the pen would be in better condition than it is because of the original box, papers etc. However, when I removed the section, a lot of rust, decayed sac, and bits of a broken 'J' bar fell out.  I'd like to try to repair it if possible but wondered whether anyone can suggest where I could get a replacement J bar from and whether it's straight forward to replace.  Thanks in advance.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 16:57

www.indy-pen-dance.com  has both sacs and J bars. This is perhaps the easiest pen to resore if you have some mechanical ability.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 17:05

Plan on filing or grinding the sides of the channel on the pressure bar when you get it.  They're a little deep, and sometimes the lever doesn't reach deep enough for the pressure bar to hold the lever flat against the barrel.


My first Esterbrook was a new J like yours back in the early 70s.

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#4 Rockape



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Posted 15 February 2019 - 19:05

Thanks very much for the help and advice. Sounds reasonably easy to put back into working condition. Ive dip tested the nib and its beautifully smooth. Be good to get it working.

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 18:54

do not forget to  buy cheap esties and salvage the nib , sections,  levers wit ring, the top and bottom jewel


save them for a rainy repair day.


Over time you will be surprised by how many Esterbrook labeled sac's you will find  still pliable


You may need a bit of inginuity to save the above but over time it will pay.



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