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I recently purchased an Esterbrook Estie with a J Scribe hopping off the wishlist and into the cart soon. I have really enjoyed the Estie very much. However, my only complaint is the converter. I want to find something that’s metal/higher quality than the stock converter. 
 

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Are there any converters you Esterbrook fans would suggest, either by Esterbrook themselves or another brand that will fit (ideally both)?

 

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“Cheap” is definitely not the correct term to use to describe my distaste for the converter. “Fragile” might be a better descriptor. I used the Estie to try out 5 new ink samples I received in my Truphae INKREDIBLE Box, so I got to play with that converter a good bit in a short amount of time. I just didn’t love the converter like I did the nib and its stroke output, how the pen felt and looked. 
 

Thanks so much for the insight, FPN!

 

-Steve

"'Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.' But a fountain pen comes pretty dang close."

-MrMohawk

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  It’s a standard international converter size, do you have any other pens that take international sized converters? If so, try using those. International sized converters do vary a bit in shape, so it might take some trial and error to get the best fit. Try looking for one that has the same nozzle shape and length. Try contacting your retailer and asking them for a recommendation as well. If it feels too fragile to use the piston mechanism a bunch, maybe syringe filling is an alternative, dipping the nib so that it primes the feed. 

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I like the Schmidt K5s.  They are reliable.

 

https://www.amazon.com/SCHMIDT-Fountain-Pen-Converter-Pack/dp/B07NRN92X1/

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5 hours ago, amberleadavis said:

I like the Schmidt K5s.  They are reliable.

 

https://www.amazon.com/SCHMIDT-Fountain-Pen-Converter-Pack/dp/B07NRN92X1/

 

I actually have ordered the dual pack before! I haven't had a chance to use them yet, but I'll take this opportunity to try them out! Thanks so much for the suggestion.

 

Are there any you can think of that are metal/glass opposed to plastic? 

"'Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.' But a fountain pen comes pretty dang close."

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8 hours ago, Penguincollector said:

  It’s a standard international converter size, do you have any other pens that take international sized converters? If so, try using those. International sized converters do vary a bit in shape, so it might take some trial and error to get the best fit. Try looking for one that has the same nozzle shape and length. Try contacting your retailer and asking them for a recommendation as well. If it feels too fragile to use the piston mechanism a bunch, maybe syringe filling is an alternative, dipping the nib so that it primes the feed. 

 

I looked through my box and found a few, the ones suggested Amber as a matter of fact. I'm looking for something metal/glass opposed to plastic. I know it's a bit overkill, but just want something that has a more premium feel and look to it. More of an aesthetic preference I guess.

 

I use the CON-40's with all my PILOTs and REALLY enjoy these. Although still plastic, they just feel sturdier and the ball bearings keep the ink from settling. Very helpful with all my inks, but especially helpful with my pearlescent inks. Unfortunately, they're screw in and they don't make a "standard" size from what I can tell.

"'Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.' But a fountain pen comes pretty dang close."

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I don’t think a glass converter exists. Early in pen development, before plastics, there was a Waterman glass cartridge, but other than that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. 

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Part of the problem is that the nipple needs to be plastic for its elasticity.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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