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  1. OldTravelingShoe


    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of Fountain Pens

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  2. OldTravelingShoe


    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of Fountain Pens

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  3. OldTravelingShoe


    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of Fountain Pens

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  4. Hello! I apologize if this has been discussed (which I am sure it has, many times), but after using the search function I could only find discussions regarding compatibility of the Venus nib units in the Esterbrook J series - not much information regarding comparisons to the Renew-point nib units. For those of you who have written with both product lines, how do they compare in terms of smoothness, wetness, and line width? More specifically, how would you compare those qualities for the Ventus Fine vs the Renew-point X556s, the Ventus Medium vs the Renew-point 1551/X668s, and the Ventus Broad vs the Renew-point X968s? Being a student, I am extremely tight on funds at the moment and it is taking a great deal of self-control to not purchase and experiment with every variant of nib unit I see online PS: My favourite nib unit out of my Esterbrooks thus far is ironically a bent 1551, which I cannot tell for certain whether the previous owner bent it purposefully or accidentally. Nonetheless, it's an absolute blast to write with. Very smooth, wet, and has the perfect line width. My only 1551 is this bent one, so I'm not really sure how these qualities compare to a NOS 1551 .
  5. I was able to score a grail nib, sunburst #8440, off ebay for a decent price, it just came broken in a Safari. Welp, the black nib unit broke apart in the pen, like when you've shattered a lightbulb and it's stuck in the socket, and to add insult to injury it seems like there was grainy India ink remnants. Is there any hope for salvaging my beautiful 8440 nib and somehow getting it back together so I can use it in my vintage Esterbrooks? Or is this sadly a display piece now? secondary, how/do I bother getting the remaining black plastic of the nib unit out of the pen? (not so much a concern, it was just a bonus Safari)
  6. Hello! I was wondering if any of you know or have ever tried to put a JoWo #5 size gold nib in an Esterbrook JR Pocket pen, specifically one from fpnibs.com. Thank you for your help! W. H. Major
  7. AAAndrew


    From the album: Esterbrook Steel Pens

    Esterbrook #11 Albata, c 1910

    © Image copyright AAAndrew unless otherwise noted.

  8. Just received an Esterbrook cartridge pen (without cartridge ). I'd checked its photos on eBay and it looked as if the nib was missing; just the feed left screwed into the section. Still, the price was good and I have spare nibs so I bagged it. What I received was the pen with a used fibre tip 'nib' which screws into the section just like any other Estie nib. I have an unused tip of this kind in a box which told me it's a Wonderiter [sic - sorry for error in title] flo-tip. I'm soaking the old ink out of the tip at the moment and had an initial writing test with the revived dried stuff, and it had that scratchy feeling of any felt tip. I've done a quick search on FPN but haven't found anything about the flo-tip. I wonder whether anyone has actually used one of these tips properly inked, and what their experiences were. Any thoughts on the history of the thing would also be gratefully received.
  9. Peroride's winning recipe for fountain pen success! What do you get when you combine a well balanced classically styled pen offered in specialty nibs like the Postal, Waverley and FA PLUS the vast affordable range of vintage steel nibs from Esterbrook? A great buy-it-for-life package For this endeavor, you'll need a Pilot Custom Heritage 912 pen in the nib of your choicean Esterbrook MV Nib AdaptorSome Esterbrook nibsRecipe: Prepare your work area and steady the mind for relaxed hand control Unscrew the Pilot nib unit off Screw in the Esterbrook nib into the Esterbrook MV Nib Adaptor Attach the converter that comes with the adaptor kit And now for the tricky part.......steady...steady now.... Screw in the Esterbrook MV Nib Adaptor into Pilot Custom Heritage 912 barrel ​
  10. Anaxyrus

    A Tale Of Two Browns

    My first vintage Estie (bought a few months back) was a copper brown LJ. I've since picked up a blue transition, a greeenish-gray J, a red J, and a brown J. Here's a photo of the two brown pens to show the color. The photo shows the difference in hue, but does so a lot more subtly than it looks in person.
  11. For those FPN members at least somewhat familiar with vintage Esterbrook fountain pens, what is your favorite among the many vintage Esterbrook nibs? One might ask in reply, "Favorite for which purpose?" Let's not get bogged down in technicalities. If you want to discuss your favorite for a particular purpose, feel free to do so. At this point, I use my vintage Esterbrooks for general writing and my signature. My favorite is the # 9788 -- flexible medium. I enjoy the modest springiness of the nib as I write, and to me it has an overall luxurious feel when writing. What say you?
  12. essayfaire

    Inks And Intrinsic Beauty

    Has anyone else had difficulty deciding whether or not to hold onto an ink because the ink works for a pen but not for personal aesthetic value? I was lucky enough to be given the Estie Icicle pen shown below; I inked it up with a sample Robert Oster that looked close to the pen color. I am pleased with the pairing of ink color to pen color (see attached photo), but not with the ink color itself; I tend to prefer deep rather than smoky colors of my ink. Now I'm at my wits end deciding whether to keep this nice pen inked with a color that suits it, or change it to a color that suits me. I do realize this is a rather superficial problem to have, but it irks me nonetheless. Anyone else similarly torn?
  13. Jim25253

    My Current Esterbrooks

    I received 2 new to me Esties in todays mail. The pic is my current collection. The grey one needs resacked. Can anyone tell me what size I need to order?
  14. I found this black Esterbrook transitional J pen with a 3 ribbed jewel and a bandless dollar pencil at the flea market today. It was very sunny out, and when I looked down at the top of the pen cap I saw that the jewel is a very deep translucent red. It looks almost black in normal light, but strong light penetrates the jewel and reflects back from the silver of the tassie. It's hard to photograph, but I am attaching a picture taken in sunlight. It reminds me of the deep red bakelite plastic used by Parker on some of its early pens, but could be something else. I have a few other 3 ribbed caps, but all of the jewels are definitely black. I tried to search for any other mention of this without success. Does anyone have information about these jewels?
  15. 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. Thanks Jim Bunch
  16. For those who collect Esterbrooks, there are several Esterbrooks with company logos up for auction on eBay right now. Company logos include Douglas Aircraft, AAA, J C Penneys, Hanover Township (dollar pen) and others. Not mine, etc. Just thought the serious Esterbrook collectors might be interested.
  17. Esterbrook made millions of their flagship 048 Falcon steel pen. It was their best-selling pen for over 70 years. They're still common, relatively inexpensive and generally dismissed by those seeking the "grail pens." (they don't fit in an oblique holder, for one, so calligraphers tend to not be interested) They can vary in quality over the years, but even the worst, the most recent made (1940's) are still, in the end, a decent pen. They actually don't get the praise I think they deserve. This one is from the late 20's, but even the later ones are relatively nice. So, here's to the common, the plain, the ordinary Esterbrook 048 Falcon. Long may you be ignored by everyone but me. Andrew
  18. RedRinger

    Esterbrook Nurse Pens Restoration

    Hello folks! I have been hunting for the past...little while and have assembled a complete set of nurses' pens. I've been really lucky to have nursing colleagues over the years who have regaled me with wonderful lore of nursing history. Among their stories, I learned about these pens. "Back in the day" of hand-written medical charting, nurses' reports of events that occurred during their shift were color-coded. The most common color associations seem to be blue/black with day shift, red with night shift, and green with the overnight shift. I know of other pen companies that have made black- and red-designated pens, but Esterbrook is the only company I know of that has made pens that are clearly for all three colors --anyone with knowledge otherwise, please chime in! Anyhow, a close friend who is a nurse and who collects nursing memorabilia often listens to my pen stories at work, and she became quite excited when I told her about these pens. She told me she would love to own one or more of these, and that sent me into hunter-gatherer mode. Here are the fruits of my pursuits. I managed to find all three colors and a matching pencil. The majority of outside finishing was done with a bit o' Flitz, but I had to lean into the micro-mesh for some really troublesome spots. The furniture (as with so many Esterbrooks) is spotless. The nibs are original to the pens as I received them -- the red and black with 2556, and the green with 9556. The pencil has a used (perhaps by a nurse -- !) eraser, and many leads, and the mechanism works perfectly. Imprints are gorgeous, the red and green jewels seem mildly faded as is often seen, and the threads were so hard to clean, but I did my best. I didn't want them showroom-new, and neither did my friend. It's wonderful to be reminded of the history of their use. Hope you all enjoy the photos! I'm sad to sell these, but -- alas! -- they're promised. The best part, though, is that they're going to a good home where I know they'll be kept safe, talked about, occasionally used, and loved by many nurses for years to come. Photos are essentially before and after -- but with a fun surprise! The green barrel jewel is stunningly translucent, as I had to replace this pen's broken J-bar, and used the occasion to plumb its depths with my borescope. Not sure why I'm still so bad at image posting, and I think some of the images are upside-down, but clicking them shows them properly and allows incredible zooming. Cheers! Matt
  19. Hi FPN people! My grandfather had a book shop in Trysil, Norway, that recently closed for business.It was rather sad to see them close as it had been in our family for generations before him. When we cleaned out the shop we found many beautiful fountain fillers. Mostly unused (mint?). Some probably dating back from the 40s and 50s. Parker 51s amongst other. Theres a lot of different brands. Someone Ive never heard of. Its about 50 pens. There are some of the spare parts. Ill share some photos in hope of getting some information on the pens and maybe if theyre even worth selling. As theyre mostly all in great condition they all look good to me. The cadets looks like its from early last century, but I cannot say for sure. Well anyway, I just wanted to say hi and maybe excite some of you guys. Im really hoping for someone to tell me what I have. Ill post more photos in proper forums later on. Oh, and if anyone would tip me on pens I should keep for myself that would be much appreciated. Preferably the ones that make you fall in love with handwriting again as my hands are to much on these keyboards. Regards Mari Time
  20. Some people really like the big pens. Well, for them, I have a pair of dip pens you may want to see. These are fully-functional, though really novelty pens. The pens are called "The Midget" made by the American Pencil Co. in NY. The holders are 11.25" (28.5cm) long without the nib, 13 7/8" (33cm) long with the nib, 3/4" wide at the thickets part. You can see them with a standard holder and Esterbrook Jackson Stub for scale. The two nibs are interesting. One is the Esterbrook Mammoth, a nib so big it requires a special holder. Until I found these, it was the biggest dip pen nib I had seen or heard about. The other one, which is almost identical in size and proportions, was made in England but then imprinted and sold in the US by M. L. Leman of New York and is called a Jumbo Falcon. I've never seen an English pen this large before, and none from anywhere as large as the Mammoth Falcon. But these nibs totally fit the size and proportion of the pens. These super-large, novelty dip pens come in a few different styles. I've seen a couple of others, but none quite this large. So, have any ultra-large, novelty pens or pencils you'd like to share?
  21. Hello everybody, just wanted to let you all know we have some fun things going on this weekend at Dromgooles. Saturday 10AM-5PM Brian Tighe will be here showing off his custom knives as well as displaying his son Grayson Tighe's pens.(WOWWWW) Shu-Jen Lin will be here featuring Taccia's newest products including Maki-e, inks, regular product line Ryan Sirignano will be here with Montegrappa, Aurora, and Esterbrook including the Montegrappa Samurai and others David Oscarson will be here with his new Golden Spike as well as artist proofs and short run limited edition colors. After the day event, we will be hosting a meeting for the Usual Suspects Network (knife group) guest are welcome. Featuring Brian Tighe Sunday- We are open Sundays during December up until Christmas Ryan Sirignano will be here from 12pm-4pm continuing event from previous day!
  22. RedRinger

    Esterbrook J-Bar And Spacer

    Hi Everyone, I'm in the middle of restoring some Esterbrook SJs, and learning more all the time of course -- I will post photos of the final product, which I promise will be a set of lookers! Wouldn't you know one of the J-bars was broken, and came out with sac pieces in a heap. There was something else in there I wasn't expecting, and thanks to other posts I've learned it's a spacer for proper positioning and to prevent the J-bar from creeping back into the barrel away from the lever's...lever-ing action. In advance of jumping into pen repair I realized a strong and tiny LED light would be useful, and then I discovered they came with cameras attached So here are some photos of my J-bar mess, followed by two with spacers in situ behind the J of the J-bar. Enjoy! (I hadn't yet set the date or time on the camera!) Matt
  23. I posted the method in the Esterbrook Forum. Here's a link: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/339597-new-estie/page-3?do=findComment&comment=4114185 David
  24. Brandon McKinney is a collector of Esterbrook's steel dip pens, and he has finally finished his book on the subject. I have corresponded with Brandon for a couple of years now and he has helped me better understand my collection and Esterbrook. Other than that, I have no connection with him, and I am writing this review based on my personal copy of the book which I purchased myself. The book covers several major types of information. 1. Company history, general information 2. The pens and their physical characteristics, especially changes over time, maintenance, grinding vs. stamped grooves, etc... 3. Chronology of the pens and their boxes. The history is a sketch just to set context, and is not meant to be complete nor thorough. There are some interesting pieces of general information including a list of presidents, office locations, and patents and trademarks that are useful. The sections on the pens themselves better show the great care and time Brandon has spent looking at the pens, especially important numbers like the flagship 048 Falcon and the 128 Extra Fine Elastic. For collectors, it's the sections on the chronological dating of nibs and boxes that is the most useful and is not found anywhere else. I have been using this system for dating Esterbrook's steel pens for over a year now with my own collection and research. So far, I've not found any problems with his system. I have found one example of a stamp he does not have, but it's a very rare copper-coated example he and I are still trying to figure out. For 99.9% of all of the examples you will find in the wild, his system of dating to general eras will work perfectly well, and combined with his description of how the earlier differed from some of the later pens, should help you find just what you're looking to add to your collection. Overall, despite a weak area here and there (especially the history, but then the history is my area of interest, so I'm not sure how much would be enough), and I may not agree with every conclusion Brandon has (see the "gravity well" section), and the very rare error (the 314 Relief was made of a brass alloy, not bronze), the book is a highly welcome and useful resource for anyone interested in Esterbrook and their steel pens. You can purchase the book from his Etsy store in either a digital version, or a limited-run physical copy.
  25. Just got my first ever Esterbrook pen. Been reading a lot about the myriad variations of their nibs and how easy it is to replace/ switch them. So after spotting this pen on a local classified ad with the flexible fine 9128 nib, I just couldn't help but jump right into it. The pen body is in a perfect shape with no dents, scratches or any other cosmetically-related issue. The cap is marked by an odd pattern (a press is my closest guess) and has minor rust just where the clip meets the cap body. But the seller kindly offered me another cap in a better condition for free, so on that front am all covered. The sac was replaced recently as per the seller and I'm inclined to believe his word 'cause after the initial flushing, no ink came out off it. The only two issues I've had so far are that the nib is quite scratchy when flexing (unlike my Parker flex 14k gold nib) and that I can't seem to find what pen model this is. It looks quite a lot like a cartridge pen but it has a lever fill mechanism. The other models I've seen (J, Deluxe, Dollar, V-pen, don't resemble the pen that much. Can you help me identify it? Also, does anyone know when Esterbrook manufactured in Mexico and what products did they made here? I've seen a lot of vintage nibs for sale that were locally made.

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