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Hi Everyone,

 

I've been doing a little Esterbrook collecting recently. My latest acquisition is a nice blue LJ. When I took it apart to find out what was wrong (aside from the sac) - the presser bar fell out. It's broken at the top of the curve. Are there replacements available anywhere?

 

Thanks,

Craig

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Hi Everyone,

 

I've been doing a little Esterbrook collecting recently. My latest acquisition is a nice blue LJ. When I took it apart to find out what was wrong (aside from the sac) - the presser bar fell out. It's broken at the top of the curve. Are there replacements available anywhere?

 

Thanks,

Craig

J-Bar

 

Try Woodbin or Tryphon. You want the 54 mm bar.

San Francisco International Pen Show - The next great pen show is on schedule for August 27-28-29, 2021. If we all do what we need to do...you can Book your travel and tables and make SF 2021 the Return. 
 

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Hi Everyone,

 

I've been doing a little Esterbrook collecting recently. My latest acquisition is a nice blue LJ. When I took it apart to find out what was wrong (aside from the sac) - the presser bar fell out. It's broken at the top of the curve. Are there replacements available anywhere?

 

Thanks,

Craig

J-Bar

 

Try Woodbin or Tryphon. You want the 54 mm bar.

 

Trying now - thanks.

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Craig,

RABBIT, Stephen, sent me a wonderful video he made showing the replacement of a j bar. and there is also a video of sac and J bar replacement in the Repair thread presented by Watch_Art.

 

http://www.fountainp..._1#entry1637305

 

Watching a good demonstration of what you need to do, before you actually try to do it, is always a good way to learn, taking away many trials and errors, thus making success more likely.

I am not very mechanically inclined but I have been successful with these simple Estie repairs, replacing sacs and J bars.

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Trying to rescue and restore all the beautiful Esties to their purpose.

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Craig,

RABBIT, Stephen, sent me a wonderful video he made showing the replacement of a j bar. and there is also a video of sac and J bar replacement in the Repair thread presented by Watch_Art.

 

http://www.fountainp..._1#entry1637305

 

Watching a good demonstration of what you need to do, before you actually try to do it, is always a good way to learn, taking away many trials and errors, thus making success more likely.

I am not very mechanically inclined but I have been successful with these simple Estie repairs, replacing sacs and J bars.

 

Thanks Kathleen - love the link, I'm a visual learner.

 

Craig

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If one doesn't have the technology available to them to grind the ridge off of a new J-bar, (no dremel or similar), is there a way to make the lever not floppy? Or is there a source for J-bars without the ridge?

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Mike Truppi

 

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If one doesn't have the technology available to them to grind the ridge off of a new J-bar, (no dremel or similar), is there a way to make the lever not floppy? Or is there a source for J-bars without the ridge?

Not that I'm aware of. You could try to find an original Esterbrook J-bar from a donor pen. Alternatively a good j-bar should be around 6. A reproduction is now 3.50.

 

I would volunteer Bruce to shave off the edges for you but he needs his fingers and his hammer is still broken.

 

Todd

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If one doesn't have the technology available to them to grind the ridge off of a new J-bar, (no dremel or similar), is there a way to make the lever not floppy? Or is there a source for J-bars without the ridge?
Not that I'm aware of. You could try to find an original Esterbrook J-bar from a donor pen. Alternatively a good j-bar should be around 6. A reproduction is now 3.50.I would volunteer Bruce to shave off the edges for you but he needs his fingers and his hammer is still broken.Todd

 

Thanks Todd. Perhaps Bruce will have is hammer repaired by the time I get a job and am able to purchase more Estie fixing supplies. Then I'll try bugging him. :roflmho:

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Mike Truppi

 

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A question about grinding the ridges on the aftermarket  J bar: Does one grind the two edges along the entire length?

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I would think so but I'd just grab a damaged pen and harvest a j-bar.

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Yes, because the sides sometimes hold the pressure bar away from the inside of the barrel enough that the lever flops around.

 

Many times a replacement pressure bar is easier to find than a donor.

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1 hour ago, Ron Z said:

Many times a replacement pressure bar is easier to find than a donor.

Not at my house…but I can’t really find anything I’m looking for in this mess!

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On 4/23/2022 at 10:15 AM, FarmBoy said:

Not at my house…but I can’t really find anything I’m looking for in this mess!

 

Are you bragging or complaining?  😄

 

I have a pretty good supply of donor pens, but after a few years of digging into parts, it becomes harder to find a good one.  I have a bench grinder that I use to gently grind down the edges, then I use the buffer wheel of my Dremel to smooth out the edges.

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Thank you for the replies. The grinding was successful.

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