Vintage Pens: Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Vintage Pens: 2098 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Although Esterbrook J-model pens were the pens that taught the Baby Boomers how to write with a fountain pen, the J-model got its start in the 1930s with these Esterbrook Dollar Pens. The company began perfecting the bright plastics like this sapphire blue in the '30s. This was the larger model that is easier to grip. There are no cracks and we restored the pen with a new ink sac. The embedded pocket clip is still on tight. It has a little wear from use, but it still looks good. The imprint is strong for "R. Esterbrook" but the "Made in USA" is faded. The biggest flaw is the short lever, which was a replacement from a different brand of pen performed long before we got this pen. It works well, but it is definitely not the right brand. The big attraction is the rare 9314-B nib! It is an oblique stub that writes a very nice smooth line that goes from extra fine to at least 1mm wide. Click the headline for a good look. 12cm capped.