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I bought these two nibs, which were NOS (new old stock). I have tried them both in several of my Esterbrook J and SJ series pens. Neither of them writes properly. There is the barest ink flow. 

 

Unlike all of my other Esterbrook mix and match nibs, these two nibs come with a clear plastic base. 

 

I soaked them in a cleaning solution for 2 days--no change in result. 

 

Is there something I need to do/can do to get these to flow nicely? Am I doing something wrong with these nibs? Were they designed to fit some Esterbrook pen other than the standard dollar pens? Since this is my preferred nib size and model, any help would be appreciated. 

 

Attached is a photo of the nibs. 

 

thank you, 

 

James 

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These are the left oblique nibs, correct? I have never seen the with clear bases, but that should not make a difference on the flow. Honestly, I have never had much luck with any of the “2xxx” nibs so I stick to 9968 and 9668. 

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Correct--left oblique, but it lays down a nice smooth line. I never saw the clear bases either, which makes me wonder about them. Thanks for the reply--I appreciate it. 

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I came upon four of these, MIB, some years ago. Mine do. not have clear bases. They all work perfectly and did so out of the box. I suggest more rinsing and soaking.

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What about ultrasonic cleaning? In a cleaning solution?
Please keep us informed.

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I have a couple of dozen NOS examples, UK & US made, and none have a clear base. What I can see from mine is that for a few it would be easy to knock out the nib, whilst for the majority the "crimp" hinders doing this without damaging the base.

 

If these clear bases do not have that crimp then can you knock out the nib, and clean.... or even then replace the nib into a previously functioning feed / base? 

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I do have a few with the clear bases and didn't have a problem but I am not experienced enough to know if the base makes a difference.

 

@Brian Anderson is the person to ask.

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I would suggest soaking them in a 10:1 mix of water:ammonia, and then run them through an ultrasonic cleaner.  I have a few of the clear base nibs , and I believe these were the later versions made in the '50s.  I have a few that are UK made nibs, in newer boxes.
One thing I have found is that you should check the nibs before using.  I find a lot of NOS nibs that need a little tuning before use.  I also know that it's recommended that you flush new nibs with warm water or ink, in order to remove any residue left from manufacturing.

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I appreciate all of the replies and advice each of you have offered. Many thanks and blessings to all!

 

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