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#1 Estycollector

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 10:52

I have acquired an Esterbrook 3556 nib. The sell was from an estate sale and included a later Dollar Pen. Does anyone have experience with this nib? 

 

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 13:48

Nice find.  The ones I have are usually a little rough compared to 9000 series nibs.  I think that though they are tipped, the metal of the nib isn't quite as good as the 9000 series are.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 17:42

Thank you. I have several of the 9000 series so Ill have something of which to compare. Just liked the look and history more than anything. Also, attached to an old dollar design.

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 17:53

My 3556 is also mounted in a Dollar B pen.  It's a very fine, stiff nib, which I think will be good for pen and ink sketching [a new venture].


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 19:53

That's interesting that Ron has found them to be rougher than the 9xxx series. I have found all the 3xxx series nibs, 4-5 so far, to be the smoothest nibs that Esterbrook has made. They are my favorite renew point series by a long shot, and just below the 14kt Relief nibs overall.....


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 20:23

My 3556 is also mounted in a Dollar B pen.  It's a very fine, stiff nib, which I think will be good for pen and ink sketching [a new venture].

 

Thank you for the term Dollar B. I had not read that before. Best thing about this find is that it was an estate sale. I suspect all original. 


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 20:25

That's interesting that Ron has found them to be rougher than the 9xxx series. I have found all the 3xxx series nibs, 4-5 so far, to be the smoothest nibs that Esterbrook has made. They are my favorite renew point series by a long shot, and just below the 14kt Relief nibs overall.....

 

I have a few examples of the common 2556, which I love but find that vary. 


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 20:37

I have a really nice sunburst nib in a $1.50 pen in Moroccan Red. Out of all the nibs, the sunburst ones are my favorite.



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Posted 17 February 2020 - 21:20

That's interesting that Ron has found them to be rougher than the 9xxx series. I have found all the 3xxx series nibs, 4-5 so far, to be the smoothest nibs that Esterbrook has made. They are my favorite renew point series by a long shot, and just below the 14kt Relief nibs overall.....

Not smoothness, overall condition of the nib.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 21:49

I have a really nice sunburst nib in a $1.50 pen in Moroccan Red. Out of all the nibs, the sunburst ones are my favorite.

 

I love hearing this @goldennibs. :)


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 19:42

The 556 pen it was modeled on was an all-around medium nib, and a top seller. Esterbrook considered it a good, basic, workhorse of a pen. It seems that the 1556 was a standard nib included with a lot of Dipless pens, or at least I see them a lot with these sets. 



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 23:44

The 556 pen it was modeled on was an all-around medium nib, and a top seller. Esterbrook considered it a good, basic, workhorse of a pen. It seems that the 1556 was a standard nib included with a lot of Dipless pens, or at least I see them a lot with these sets. 

 

I've read one of my favorite FP nibs, the 2556 was also modeled after the 556. Perhaps I should try to find one. Thank you as always, Andrew. I've been practicing. :)


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 13:02

I am waiting on a new sac to restore the little blue Dollar that came with the 3556 nib. In the meantime I wanted to try out the nib. I attached it to the '32 era Dollar and Tender Purple Waterman ink. It is probably the most smooth nib to date. It is also a larger sized nib. 

 

 


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 13:02

I am waiting on a new sac to restore the little blue Dollar that came with the 3556 nib. In the meantime I wanted to try out the nib. I attached it to the '32 era Dollar and Tender Purple Waterman ink. It is probably the most smooth nib to date. It is also a larger sized nib. 

 

 

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 16:23

Very nice! I love the 3000-series nibs. They are iridium-tipped, if memory serves. They are quite smooth and you can't beat the sunburst pattern.



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Posted 21 April 2020 - 09:36

I was following an auction for a 3556 last night that sold for $47. I had paid $27 with a grey dollar pen attached. These are rare birds.


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Posted 22 April 2020 - 15:59

As with all things Esterbrook, prices go all over.   A couple years back, I picked up a few NOS 3xxx nibs, in the boxes, for probably about $25 each, and maybe less.  You just have to keep a constant watch.

The 3xxx nibs aren't particularly rare, but finding a nice one can take time.  I have a harder time finding the 8xxx nibs in either condition.



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Posted 22 April 2020 - 22:45

I agree with the constant searching. I have move on a bit to Autopoint mechanical pencils and other FP's that tend to fall under the radar. I've gotten some nice finds. 


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Posted 22 April 2020 - 22:56

I agree with the constant searching. I have move on a bit to Autopoint mechanical pencils and other FP's that tend to fall under the radar. I've gotten some nice finds. 

 

My flea market guy had a few boxed Autopoint pencils earlier this year, so I grabbed them.  Slowly, I seem to be starting a pencil collection.  I have a really fun Moore in my pocket today.








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