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Vintage Pens: 2077 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2077: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
Ring in autumn with this fall-inspired copper Esterbrook LJ model fountain pen. The color really stands out as vibrantly as the leaves will soon turn. We restored it with a new ink sac. The steel 2668 nib writes a very smooth fine line. There are no cracks and only light wear on the cap and barrel. Click the headline for a close up of the pen. Look closely at the top of the cap. The only real flaw on this pen is that peculiar bulge. Although there is a little play in the clip, it seems to be on tight. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2076 Esterbrook J-2968
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 2076: Esterbrook: J-2968
Save big on a rare Canadian Esterbrook J-model fountain pen if you don't mind some heavy damage to the black tail jewel. We've restored this smokey blue pen with a new ink sac. It has no cracks but some wear on the cap and barrel. The clip isn't flush with the side of the cap, as you can see in the photo. Click the headline font for close ups. The steel 2968 nib was originally advertised as a broad nib. This one writes more of a medium, but you have to find the sweet spot, which cants a bit to the left, making us wonder if this was the pen of a lefty. These nibs are interchangeable and screw in and out, if you have an Esterbrook nib you want to use. The imprint is faded, but you can still make out the "Made in Canada." 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2061 Esterbrook J-9788
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 2061: Esterbrook: J-9788
Copper is our favorite color for the Esterbrook J model pen line, such as this one. It is a little like carrying a piece of Autumn with you all year. Ours has been fully restored with a new ink sac. There is a crack in the threads that we stabilized by installing the section with some sac shellac in the pressure-fit zone. This vintage pen does have a little wear, but the copper coloring seems to shine right through it. Strong imprint, perfect jewels. Best of all, it comes with an upgraded 9788 steel nib. It is a rarer upgrade nib that was designed for "Shaded Writing." This is code for SEMI-FLEX! We find that it writes nicely from a fine to about a 1mm width. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2060 Esterbrook SM (?)
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2060: Esterbrook: SM (?)
Although we call this an Esterbrook SM, we are not convinced that is what it is. It really looks like a cross between an SM and M2. Either way, we are reasonably sure it was from the late 1940s or 1950s. The cornflower blue section and barrel have seen heavy use, with plenty of scratches. The cap is in surprisingly good condition with only a few tiny marks on the back top of the pen, opposite the clip. We restored it with a new ink sac. Its steel 9668 nib was considered a top-of-the-line nib upgrade that was advertised as being a medium for "general writing." True to its advertising, it is a very nice medium writer with a hint of feedback but no scratch. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2059 Esterbrook SJ-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 2059: Esterbrook: SJ-1551
Candy-apple red is layered like a freshly licked lollipop on this Esterbrook SJ fountain pen. It has light wear, but there are no cracks or deep scratches. We restored it with a fresh ink sac. The steel nib is a 1551 model, which was advertised as a student nib. This isn't unusual, as most high schools and secretarial schools required these vintage pens. The nib writes a very smooth fine line. The SJ designation means it is the longer, slender version of the pen. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2058 Esterbrook J-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 2058: Esterbrook: J-2668
Words and photos really fail to capture the deep, sapphire blue of this Esterbrook J-model fountain pen. No cracks and only light wear, it is almost as if you will sink into the depths of this blue design. Even the strong imprint gets lost. We restored the pen with a new ink sac, and it is ready for use or display. Click the headline for close-ups. It comes with a steel 2668 nib that was originally advertised as being for "general writing." This one writes buttery smoothly for a wet fine line. J-models were also the widest of the Esterbrooks of the 1950s, which makes it less likely to cramp your hand as you write for extended periods of time. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2057 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2057: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
Esterbrook fountain pens taught an entire generation how to write with an ink pen. Babyboomers were likely required by their schools to write with an Esterbrook fountain pen. Inexpensive and easily customized, pens such as this Esterbrook LJ come with an easily changed steel nib to fit any writing style or need. The nibs simply unscrewed from the pen and were replaced for less than a dollar. We restored this pale-green pen with a new ink sac. The pen was a daily user and features some wear, including a few small stains, which you can see at the tail of the pen in the photo. Click the headline for a closer look. The cap is a few shades of green different from the barrel. Possibly married. The steel 2668 nib was advertised as a "general writing" point, which writes a smooth medium when held at the sweet spot angle. No cracks. The clip isn't quite making contact with the barrel, where it slips into your pocket. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2056 Esterbrook LJ-1555
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2056: Esterbrook: LJ-1555
Remember stenographers? If not, they were human recording devices...in flesh and blood...before tape and digital recorders were invented. They learned a special writing style called shorthand, and they could write everything a person talking to them said just as fast as the words came out of their mouth. One of the shorthand methods that was popular was called the Gregg method. This Esterbrook LJ fountain pen from the 1950s comes with a special steel 1555 Gregg nib, which likely guarantees this pen once belonged to a stenographer, secretary or reporter. LJ models were intended for women. It is fun to imagine who might have used this steel grey pen. We restored it with a new ink sac, and there are no cracks--just light wear and a brown spot on the section. The nib writes a firm but smooth extra-fine line. 11.9cm capped.
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