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Broken Esterbrook J Section, And Sj Barrel - 2 Pens In 1 Week. Argh

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#1 Gutbucketeer



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Posted 04 July 2019 - 20:52

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.




Jim Bunch

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