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Hi, Folks!

This is an Esterbrook M2 aerometric squeeze filler fountain pen in black c. 1960. It is a 5 5/16 inch long chrome plated metal cap and plastic barrel pen. The cap top has an indent running front to back, like the indent in a man's hat. The filler unit is similar to later Parker types, a long sac protector with a looped squeeze bar at the end. The filler is marked ESTERBROOK over PRESS BAR 3 TIMES over TO FLUSH AND FILL. The barrel has an Esterbrook imprint. It uses all of the 32 different available Esterbrook Renew Point replaceable stainless steel nib units. Known colors include: black, red, olive green, turquoise, blue, and gray. It sold for $2.95 with a Durachrome nib and $3.50 with a Master nib.
I would like to know if anyone has advertisements or price sheets that confirm the production dates of these pens and the colors offered. How many colors were there?
I also believe there are lever-fill M2s - is that correct?
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The Esterbrook fans don't seem to care much about M2s. Back a few years when I was interested in Esterbrook, I bought a few NOS M2s on ebay for about $18. I don't think there were competitors for these pens. I have always wondered why there seemed to be little interest in these excellent pens. The Js, Reliefs and more exotic stuff seem to garner all the interest. Perhaps it's because they aren't lever fillers.

"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
--Sign in a bar and grill, Ormond Beach, Florida, 1960.

 

 

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The Esterbrook fans don't seem to care much about M2s. Back a few years when I was interested in Esterbrook, I bought a few NOS M2s on ebay for about $18. I don't think there were competitors for these pens. I have always wondered why there seemed to be little interest in these excellent pens. The Js, Reliefs and more exotic stuff seem to garner all the interest. Perhaps it's because they aren't lever fillers.

 

I love the M2 pens! They are a perfect '50s pen, and have a balance and feel similar to how the Parker 51 feels in the hand. I always recommend them to people who don't care for the J series, and have a couple in regular use. I just got a fountain/ballpoint M2 set, too. My best, and most recent, NOS price for an M2 was about $12. It seems that nobody likes the gray ones.

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I love the M2 pens! They are a perfect '50s pen, and have a balance and feel similar to how the Parker 51 feels in the hand. I always recommend them to people who don't care for the J series, and have a couple in regular use. I just got a fountain/ballpoint M2 set, too. My best, and most recent, NOS price for an M2 was about $12. It seems that nobody likes the gray ones.

 

I think they are very similar to the Eversharp Slim Venturas. Also a fun and underappreciated pen.

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$12 for an NOS M2. That seems unappreciated.

 

The squeeze filler attracted me to these pens. I have some of my better Esterbrook stub nibs in them.

 

When we had a going loaner program going, I don't remember any requests to borrow an M2. That's a pity. These pens are reliable and rugged. I have resacked a couple of them, and it is pretty easy to do.

"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
--Sign in a bar and grill, Ormond Beach, Florida, 1960.

 

 

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As I recollect, however, the pocket clip is a real "shirt pocket tearer". Not so? Anyone actually carry these?

- - - Jim

Collector of Autopoint + Realite + Realpoint, and Esterbrook accumulator

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As I recollect, however, the pocket clip is a real "shirt pocket tearer". Not so? Anyone actually carry these?

- - - Jim

I carried them sometimes before retiring. Maybe some shirts are more susceptible to tearing from these pens. I usually wore Oxford cloth shirts. I never had a problem. Others might have. Possibly the used pens I had were loosened up by tearing other shirts. I have a couple of NOS M2s. I'll try them on a cannon fodder shirt..

"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
--Sign in a bar and grill, Ormond Beach, Florida, 1960.

 

 

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I have an NOS one...

 

I decided to not ink it up cause I think it may overtake my J!

 

BUT I do have a question...

 

... My cap is weird.

 

It screws down all the way but it doesn't reach the step like it should.

 

http://www.esterbrook.net/m2.shtml

(Kinda like the dark blue one.)
Can I do anything about it??
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BUT I do have a question...

 

... My cap is weird.

 

It screws down all the way but it doesn't reach the step like it should.

 

http://www.esterbrook.net/m2.shtml

 

(Kinda like the dark blue one.)

 

Can I do anything about it??

I have a couple NOS A101 pens, same thing. Inner cap must go tight against the section before the cap lip reaches the step. That's better than the opposite condition...

One test is worth a thousand expert opinions.

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I carried them sometimes before retiring. Maybe some shirts are more susceptible to tearing from these pens. I usually wore Oxford cloth shirts. I never had a problem. Others might have. Possibly the used pens I had were loosened up by tearing other shirts. I have a couple of NOS M2s. I'll try them on a cannon fodder shirt..

The NOS M2s do not tear my shirt pockets. I tried them.

"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
--Sign in a bar and grill, Ormond Beach, Florida, 1960.

 

 

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I just saw this (after 2 years :) ). Jim I am not sure if you have seen these ads:
(more in https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/11750-fp-ads-in-the-tech-part-vii-1960-today-last/)
They started showing up around March / April of 1960 in this publication.

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I just saw this (after 2 years :) ). Jim I am not sure if you have seen these ads:

(more in https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/11750-fp-ads-in-the-tech-part-vii-1960-today-last/)

They started showing up around March / April of 1960 in this publication.

 

 

Very cool!

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With a Relief nib! Is the nib in an actual Renew Point nib unit?? A 14k Relief nib in an actual nib unit would be amazing!

 

 

 

I'll add that I was surprised to find this one was made in the UK.

 

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For lever fillers like the M2, you may be thinking of the CX-100

 

http://www.esterbrook.net/cx100.shtml

 

“When the historians of education do equal and exact justice to all who have contributed toward educational progress, they will devote several pages to those revolutionists who invented steel pens and blackboards.” V.T. Thayer, 1928

Check out my Steel Pen Blog

"No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the mistake is to do it solemnly."

-Montaigne

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For lever fillers like the M2, you may be thinking of the CX-100

 

http://www.esterbrook.net/cx100.shtml

 

The M2 is a squeeze filler, similar to a Parker 51. I have several of them.

"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
--Sign in a bar and grill, Ormond Beach, Florida, 1960.

 

 

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I always worried about the long term durability of the plastics

 

I had, and sold a salmon colored A101 - should pick up another

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