I posted this in the Esterbrook forum as well, but I think there are different participants between the two.
So I have been restoring Esterbrooks with no problems over the last couple of months, then all of a sudden I've had bad luck. First I cracked the barrel of an red icicle SJ. It was about 1/2 out and I heard a crack, and a little rectangular piece fell off. Welding it with Tensors 3502 did not hold. I learned to use some heat to loosen the barrel even after soaking for 24 hours. Then I received a really nice Root Beer colored J that needed a new sac. So I soaked it and applied heat. Everything was coming off fine, but I did not screw the nib back in after soaking. I heard a crack and there is now a crack in the section. I am trying to weld the section back together. I learned never mess with the section with the nib unscrewed.
Bottom line is now I have two very pretty pens, that don't work. I'm looking for a spare red barrel for an SJ (The thin one that is 4.75" inches capped, and a spare section for a J (the wide one that is 5" capped).
Does anyone have one of these. I would be willing to pay a modest amount.
Any help would be appreciated.