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Newbie Interested In Your Favorite Estie Colors


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#1 Anaxyrus

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Posted 17 April 2020 - 17:48

Hi, If you've seen my intro post you know I'm not new to fountain pens, but I only recently started looking seriously at vintage pieces. I've long been aware of the cool colors and patterns of Parker Vacs, Sheaffer Balance, etc., but only recently discovered the huge world of affordable vintage Esterbrooks. I particularly like the patterned colors available on so many of the J series, and will likely be getting my first one at some point in the near future. I'd love to see and hear about your favorite colors. Thanks in advance. --Dan



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Posted 17 April 2020 - 21:10

Hmmm.  On vintage Esties?  I'd say definitely the "mackerel" finish celluloid: Blue, followed by "Root Beer" (the darker brown) and "Copper" (the lighter brown).  I'm sure a lot of people will wax nostalgic about the Icicles, but those do nothing for me.  And frankly, I can't see myself being interested in the Pastels, either, with the possible exception of the Yellow (and when I look at the prices of the Pastels -- and the Nurses pens with the different color cap jewels -- I go, "I don't want one THAT bad..."). 

You do realize, of course, that Esties tend to multiply rapidly -- they're like potato chips, in that you can't have just one....  :lol: 

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Posted 17 April 2020 - 21:44

Hmmm.  On vintage Esties?  I'd say definitely the "mackerel" finish celluloid: Blue, followed by "Root Beer" (the darker brown) and "Copper" (the lighter brown).  I'm sure a lot of people will wax nostalgic about the Icicles, but those do nothing for me.  And frankly, I can't see myself being interested in the Pastels, either, with the possible exception of the Yellow (and when I look at the prices of the Pastels -- and the Nurses pens with the different color cap jewels -- I go, "I don't want one THAT bad..."). 
You do realize, of course, that Esties tend to multiply rapidly -- they're like potato chips, in that you can't have just one....  :lol: 
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Thanks! I have the same feelings about the icicles, but I've only seen photos and not necessarily good ones. I saw a copper one on EBay and really liked it. And yeah, they look like trouble. ;)

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 00:01

Would love to see any pix people have. TIA.



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Posted 18 April 2020 - 02:25

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 02:30

Currently I have a full color set.
Red SJ 9450
Blue J transitional (round jewel) 1555 Gregg
Copper J 1551
Green J 9550
Gray J Venus fine
Black J 9550
Black LJ Bell Systems pen 2464

I also have another 1555 Gregg nib and a 9461 nib.

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 04:46

Currently I have a full color set.
Red SJ 9450
Blue J transitional (round jewel) 1555 Gregg
Copper J 1551
Green J 9550
Gray J Venus fine
Black J 9550
Black LJ Bell Systems pen 2464

I also have another 1555 Gregg nib and a 9461 nib.


Nice! Any pix?

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 10:06

I like  grey and black, but have mostly concentrated on the nib and various transitional models from the early 1930's rubber to the 1950's Deluxe. Here is the resource I used, http://www.esterbrook.net/index.shtml


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Posted 18 April 2020 - 11:08

I only own one Eastie (shame on me) but the colour is the one I wanted!

The ripples inside this finish are mesmerizing, I always wondered how they did these ripples inside the material...they look as though you could feel the texture (the copper ripple is also very nice).

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 13:40

I only own one Eastie (shame on me) but the colour is the one I wanted!
The ripples inside this finish are mesmerizing, I always wondered how they did these ripples inside the material...they look as though you could feel the texture (the copper ripple is also very nice).
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I agree! That ripple effect is a HUGE part of what's attracted me to these. I was planning to look a little longer, but last night I pulled the trigger on a copper LJ.

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 13:41

I like  grey and black, but have mostly concentrated on the nib and various transitional models from the early 1930's rubber to the 1950's Deluxe. Here is the resource I used, http://www.esterbrook.net/index.shtml


Thanks for the link!

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 17:26

These are my J-series Full House.  I also have a black one.

 

http://www.fountainp..._house_005s.jpg


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#13 Anaxyrus

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 19:12

These are my J-series Full House.  I also have a black one.

 

http://www.fountainp..._house_005s.jpg

Really nice!



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Posted 19 April 2020 - 04:33

Uh oh, just pulled the trigger on a second J, and the first hasn't even arrived yet. Discovering these during a safer-at-home order could be dangerous.

Edited by Anaxyrus, 19 April 2020 - 04:33.


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Posted 19 April 2020 - 08:36

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LJ Bell System Property, SJ in Red, transitional J in Green, transitional J in Gray, J in Brown (maybe Copper Brown)

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 08:43

Another good resource for Esterbrook vintage pens is
http://www.richardsp.../profiles/j.htm
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Posted 19 April 2020 - 09:23

Uh oh, just pulled the trigger on a second J, and the first hasn't even arrived yet. Discovering these during a safer-at-home order could be dangerous.

 

Congratulations. :) This is the video I used to learn to replace a sac. His method of measuring the sac length needed is one I have used on other brands. J Bars replacement is easy and inexpensive, but you can also pull them out with long tweezers and clean them with a brass tooth type brush. I use Mother's for polishing plastic and metal parts. 


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#18 Anaxyrus

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 13:50

Another good resource for Esterbrook vintage pens is
http://www.richardsp.../profiles/j.htm


Thank you! Nice collection there.

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 13:53

Congratulations. :) This is the video I used to learn to replace a sac. His method of measuring the sac length needed is one I have used on other brands. J Bars replacement is easy and inexpensive, but you can also pull them out with long tweezers and clean them with a brass tooth type brush. I use Mother's for polishing plastic and metal parts.


Thanks! So far the ones I've ordered have been restored already, but I found and watched that exact video as I was searching, just in case.

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 15:10

Thanks! So far the ones I've ordered have been restored already, but I found and watched that exact video as I was searching, just in case.

 

I've been able to get the one's I wanted for less than $20. The ones I see restored can go for twice that amount. There might be some start up with replaceable parts and tools, but over all, I think you will enjoy being able to restore and save money. 


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