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So I've been around this site for a year now, and heard multiple times how wonderful Esterbrooks are, but haven't used one. The other day I happened across an Ebay auction, minimum bid of 10 bucks, and no bids. I figured I would low ball it, lose it, and move on. Except I won. Here's the auction.


So I expect it needs a resac, but that's not a problem, I have a few other pens kicking around in the same condition, I can put an extra sac in my next order. I'm just a little worried I missed something. I didn't check the pics very carefully before bidding (my max was $13, expected to be outbid), but on closer examination this evening, I can't see any issues. No cracks, chips, or dings, and the jewels are in good shape. The nib is just a 2668, but seems to be in good shape.

Is there some other reason that no one else bid on this pen, or did I just get it for what seems to me like a decent price, $17 shipped?


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Doesn't look like anything is wrong with it. Cost of international shipping was prohibitive, so you didn't get any competition from anyone outside of the US. Sometimes, pens slip through the cracks.

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I would have also asked to be sure the clip wasn't a turner but assuming it isn't, you did just fine.


Looks clean to me and the 2668 nibs often write nicely used.


I've seen some clean J family pens go unbid on or as cheap as yours lately but yours is nicer than most that get little bid interest.


Good deal!


Bruce in Ocala, Fl

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I saw it, but had already blown the budget on other stuff. Serendipity was on your side. Just rejoice and enjoy the good fortune. You deserve it. :D

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If I had seen it I would have passed on it it simply because I already have that nib. But I bought a whole lot of Esties last year, and I got some great deals -- including being (I think) the sole bidder on a pair of grey ones (LJ and IIRC, SJ) -- both of which had 9xxx series nibs, and got them for around $20 (so $10 each); I think it was simply a matter of the auction ending on a Sunday morning. It's all a matter of being at the right place at the right time, and in the case of that auction it was obviously you. So congrats!

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

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I scored a grey J in perfect condition last year for $9,95: I was the only bidder. It was also my first win. The pen is perfect, not a scratch on it.


Sometimes you just luck out and do a Sumgai :)

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Well, that is all reassuring. Thanks for the note on clips turning Bruce. That will give me something to check in the future.

It shipped yesterday, supposed to arrive Tuesday. Unfortunately I am out of town for at least several weeks, so I won't get a chance to dig into it very soon. But when I do, I'll do a quick update about my first Estie.


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It looks like a nice example. I got a very nice Parker 45 for similar deal (only bidder) problem was it had to come from Europe so shipping was more than the pen.


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