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#1 CraigBo

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 06:33

Gday friends! Im Craig from Australia and am brand new to collecting Esties.

I have a collection of about 11 nice fountain pens already, and a few in the beginner range like Safaris and Twisbys and Platinum 3776 centuries and a few nicer Mont Bs etc. But I recently came across my first Estie J and, well, you all know how it is.

So Ive kicked off by ordering 4 nicely restored ones on eBay just to get things started. But Im paying about $45 a pen plus postage to Australia so its not super sustainable for me at that rate what with our terrible exchange rate at the moment - and to think a few years ago we had parity with the greenback.

Anyway does anyone here know of good reliable ways to find Estie Js that need a bit of TLC in a cheaper price bracket? I think I would really enjoy restoring these pens. What tips and tricks do you all use? Im not sure how deeply they penetrated the Australian market but will keep an eye out in second hand stores and the likes for sure.

Also if anyone has a handful of these sitting around gathering dust please feel free to hit me up.

Thank you all for this forum. Its been a delight to read and learn so much from already. Ive been lurking a while.

Peace, all!

Craig.

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 13:11

Check with GaryWeimer on this forum.


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Posted 26 June 2019 - 14:15

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#4 CraigBo

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 08:12

Check with GaryWeimer on this forum.

 

Thanks for the tip Corgicoupe. When I search for that username, the search says there is no member by that name.

 

Actually when I do a member search for corgicoupe nothing comes up either. I can't upload a profile pic or do other things (like lick on your profile pic anywhere to be able to PM you) so there may be some issues with my account.


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#5 corgicoupe

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 13:11

Try here https://www.etsy.com/shop/MidnightPens

You misspelled corgicoupe. search for gweimer1.

Edited by corgicoupe, 27 June 2019 - 17:25.

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 18:57

Welcome to the Esterbrook slope, constantly slippery since 1858! (or 1861, or 1931, or whenever they started making what you like).   Esties are dangerous. Like many desirable things, once you start, it's awfully hard to stop. 

 

Good luck finding ones for repair.

 

And don't forget to come back once you discover Esterbrook fountain pen desk sets

 

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Or Esterbrook Dipless Desk sets. 

 

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Or, if you get really hard-core, you go right to the Old School...

 

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#7 gweimer1

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 10:57

Hi, and welcome to the dark side.  Yeah, I have a few (boxes) of Esterbrooks sitting around that need attention.  Not all are nice, but would make for nice practice pens.  Send me a message, and we can go from there, if you are interested.



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Posted 29 June 2019 - 20:59

Thank you again corgicoupe for the amazing suggestion and thank you so much gweimer1 for getting in touch. Ive pmd you. Im so incredibly excited to have made the connection.

And AAAmdrew - is that collection of desk sets yours? They are beautiful!!! Im imagining them sitting on some MADmen style desk in the 50s and together what a striking set!

Oh man that non collection is making my eye twitch already wanting to find the missing ones. Thanks so much for sharing those! Imagine the museum this group could collectively put together if it wanted to!

#9 Tom Heath

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 21:37

We welcome the the Estie World.

 

I've been at this for about 30 years..

My kids have just told me please sell off your pens , we have enough going on, we do not want to bother with them when you have gone on to the Pen Heaven.

 

With that realization  I certainly could help a newby such as yourself.

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My Esties are well into the hundreds at this point  Early on I did buy anything Estie and have most but not all  reconditioned and  still many as found.

 

Yes I have  Dollar pens, Pastels, Purse Pens Desk pens,  J.SJ, LJ  Nurse Pens Doctor Pens  Safari, Piston Fillers,  pen parts, 

all are affordable

 

Answers for questions, repair or where to find 'em  email me I am always  willing to help fellow penners.

 

Reply this board or  Penfancier1@aol.com

 

I have over the years send quite a few pens , " Down Under"

 

Tom Heath 


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#10 CraigBo

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 22:47

Thank you so much, Tom! I have sent you a message here.

Craig.

#11 Tom Heath

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 23:50

Craig 

Sorry to report I am just now viewing your message

 

Please do PM me or send to :   Penfancier1@aol.co,

 

Yesterday I got a rare parts find basically about 60  pieces of harvested pen jewels even a couple of Pastels

 

I look forward to hearing from you

Tom


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