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Esterbrook J Transitional with 1555 nib
Posted 05 September 2005 - 05:52
This was my first time writing with a fine-nib fountain pen or an Estie-- are they generally this dry, or is it just the shorthand nib?
As for writing quality, as a 1555 the nib is of course scratchy; since I don't know shorthand I can't really evaluate its performance for such, but for small printing it's pretty nice -- rather dry for my tastes, and had tipping materials have since the heyday of Esterbrook trickled down to comparably-priced (inflation adjusted) pens like the Parker Reflex, but it's lightyears ahead of a ballpoint at any rate.
The pen itself, a black J with one jewel (of the type used on the double jewel pens) and no registered-trademark symbol, fits my hand very comfortably. I'll be on the lookout for a 9xxx tipped nib, though; a medium would be particularly nice, but the fun thing about Esterbrooks is that the nibs can be changed so easily.
Nib (Esterbrook 1555 Renew-Point): B; it feels dry to me, but great at what it does well, small printing.
Pen (early Esterbrook J): A, rock solid writing instrument with a good feel to it.
Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:02
Posted 08 September 2005 - 03:17
I hate the 155x series. I've managed to grind a few into fine stubs which are much better points.
Who is John Galt?
Posted 08 September 2005 - 04:27
The 1551 nibs, however, are medium width student nibs, and are the younger sibling of the 2668. My first Esterbrook had a 1551 and was one of the smoothest nibs I've ever seen. It was one of the reasons I decided to collect them, it was high performance for not a lot of money.
Posted 08 September 2005 - 05:34
Looks like I'll be looking for more nibs, whether they include the rest of the pen or not The chase is on. Your tips as to good nibs to look out for will be most useful.
Posted 08 September 2005 - 07:33
My favorite is the 2556.