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#21 corgicoupe

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Posted 01 March 2020 - 14:30

I have found the lowly 1555, even mounted in a desk pen to be an extremely dependable starter.  A woman in our pen club was a stenographer many years ago and kept two in case one ran out of ink.  I read where it was designed not to dry out because a person taking shorthand would not, could not, tolerate a non-start.


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Posted 01 March 2020 - 19:50

My first Estie had a 1555 nib on it.  It's a decent writer in spite of having a folded nib with no tipping....

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#23 corgicoupe

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 00:17

I met an Esterbrook collector today who prefers some 2xxx nibs over 9xxx nibs.  She had a folding case with 16-20 [I didn't count accurately[ green Esterbrooks which she said was one of each that had been produced.  I  recognized Js, LJs, SJs, an Icicle, Dollar pens, and Transitionals. 


Edited by corgicoupe, 02 March 2020 - 00:49.

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#24 Estycollector

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 11:03



I met an Esterbrook collector today who prefers some 2xxx nibs over 9xxx nibs.  She had a folding case with 16-20 [I didn't count accurately[ green Esterbrooks which she said was one of each that had been produced.  I  recognized Js, LJs, SJs, an Icicle, Dollar pens, and Transitionals. 

 

I've acquired several 2556 nibs that are very nice writers. 



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 13:39

When I was an undergrad student in the 1960s, I was assigned to a desk that came with a green Esterbrook desk pen with a 2668 nib.  The pen followed me through grad school and is on my desk today, but has graduated to a 9668 nib which is not a significantly better writer.


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#26 pajaro

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 17:48

Just because a 9xxx nib can be expected to outlast a 2xxx nib of the same size doesn't mean it will write bettter. It will just last a couple of lifetimes instead of one. I couldn't say I noticed diffrences in writing unless one were worn out.

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 13:41

I have found the 2xxx to be smoother than the 9xxx but I cannot say that I have used enough of either to really have experienced a representative sample of all of the 3.7 kajillion nibs Esterbrook produced.



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Posted 04 March 2020 - 22:31

I got a 2788 in on a late Transitional demi. This is the most flexible and medium nib I have used/owned. I recommend one. THis photo show the pen and the 788 dip nib. 
 
 

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