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  1. 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?
  2. 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, an
  3. vnam43

    Rare? Esterbrook Feeds

    I haven't got a working camera at this moment - so bear with me. Anyway, I have a feed that has no external air (ink?) channel. It is similar is shape to other feeds - has combs, same diameter, and just over 31mm in length. The channel is internal, shaped like a "U" and at the rear there is a slot across the feed just below the channel. The feed face is conical and at the top near the front there are two very thin slits forming a cross. Is it rare or just not as common as the regular feeds. I also have two other feeds in which the front bottom half has been cut across and tapered to the
  4. 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.
  5. 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 A
  6. 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 d
  7. 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-
  8. PaperQueen

    I Got Snookered On Ebay, Crud.

    You know the old warning about sending food back in a restaurant because someone might spit in it? Well, I think an eBay seller just spit on my Estie. Ordered my first two Esterbrooks on eBay---a Gray Pearl LJ from someone who focuses more on other types of collectible items (higher perceived risk, lower price), and a Copper J from someone who claims to deal in lots of Esterbrooks (lower perceived risk, higher price...$49.99). From the latter listing: Restored state: Working J bar and fresh bladder in each. These pens are guaranteed to write.Overall condition: These pens are in gently used
  9. 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?
  10. 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 ribb
  11. Hello Estie lovers, My first real "rabbit hole" into fountain pen collecting was the serendipitous purchase of an Esterbrook that had an 8668 palladium-silver nib attached. I have a background as a chemist and have long been in love with palladium; that coupled with the WWII history (another interest of mine) made this a fantastic discovery for me. It writes just beautifully! The first thing I did, being new to the game (and I still am!) was to look for advertising about these nibs and Esterbrooks in general during WWII. I loved finding ads stating that "only a few pens can be made" due to
  12. 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 h
  13. 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.
  14. 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, her
  15. I came upon an interesting discovery the other day in a mixed lot of steel pen nibs. These two innocuous-looking nibs actually raise an interesting, if obscure, question about which came first. At first glance the pen looks a lot like a whole series of pens made by Esterbrook in its early years (they first appear in 1876 catalog and aren't seen again after 1888). (Image courtesy of The Esterbrook Project) The main difference, of course, is that this one is marked "Warrington & Co's" Where it gets interesting is that Warrington & Co. was founded in 1865 by Samuel W
  16. 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 m
  17. 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 ni
  18. 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 wou
  19. 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 e
  20. 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
  21. 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 gro
  22. 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 a
  23. RCIfan

    Esterbrook J Loose Section

    I just bought an Esterbrook J that's in pretty good condition. Unfortunately, the section is loose from the barrel and is able to spin and be removed without much force at all. None of my other Esties have this problem, so I'm wondering two things. A) Is this fixable? If so, what is the best way to repair this problem?
  24. Tschmid

    Grommet/tassie Replacement

    Hi, everyone. I am very new to Esterbrook repair and have a question. Ive got a J that had a mangled barrel jewel which I removed and found out that it was a threaded jewel. The problems Im having are that the tassie (I think thats the word for the little metal trim ring) is gone and the replacement jewel I have is a press fit. Are there sources for tassies or the grommets that the press fit pens use? Any help is much appreciated. Taylor
  25. TwizzlerNibs

    Relief 3-L

    In anticipation of the San Francisco show I scored a lot containing some beautiful Conway Stewarts, a few Parkers, some smaller makers, and this bad boy. I haven't touched it yet as there are a bunch I need to restore, but this is exciting and will clean up really nicely. A fine example and I wanted to share it.
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