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Vintage Pens: 1582 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 1582: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
Few pens have had the privilege of teaching an entire generation to write, but Esterbrook fountain pens were the most requested pens of high schools, stenographers and offices in the 1950s. Attractive with easily replaced nib, they made writing with a fountain pen easy for millions. This licked-lollipop red Esterbrook LJ almost glistens as you look at layers in the red cap and barrel. The bright, cheery design shines through the wear on the finish of the pen. We restored the filling system with a new ink sac. The lever dangles just an eighth of an inch when held upside down. The cap and tail jewels are in good shape. The steel 2668 nib was an upgrade nib meant for "general writing." We find it writes a nice medium line with a little scratch (common on this vintage of steel nibs) on the ascenders and descenders. LJ models were the shorter, more slender versions of the Esterbrook line. 12.1cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1581 Esterbrook Transition 3668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $89.99
Vintage Pens: 1581: Esterbrook: Transition 3668
Esterbrook pens, which taught most baby boomers how to write with a fountain pen, were pretty common in the 1950s, but this 1940s model is a Transition model from the Dollar Pens to the J-models of the 1950s and loaded with rarer features! The top black cap jewel is of three stripes instead of concentric circles. Annnnd, the nib is a very rare steel 3668 Osmiridium model! Most Esterbrook nibs were of the 1000s, 2000s or 9000s. These Osmiridium 3000s are very hard to find. Plus they have a great, dynamic etching. Click the headline font to see a close up. We have fully restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. The cap and barrel have no cracks but some wear from use. The clip jiggles but isn't going anywhere. The nib has a little bit of a beak, but it still writes a very smooth fine line. This is the large, wide model that would become the full size J model. Wider = easier to grip for people with hands that cramp. 12.5cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1588 Esterbrook J-2314B
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 1588: Esterbrook: J-2314B
Colorful Esterbrook J-model fountain pens might have taught a generation of Americans how to write, but it also made writing fun with dozens of specialty nibs. This fully restored Esterbrook J comes complete with a new ink sac and a remarkable steel 2314B "Broad Relief" nib. A very smooth writer when you find the sweet spot, it has an italic oblique tip that is most useful to right-handed writers who want to add some real pizzazz to their handwriting. It is a rarer nib. Click the headline to see a close-up. The smokey grey design of the cap and barrel brings to mind those beautiful old photographs of jazz performers with the smoke from their cigarettes taking on a life of its own. The pen has some wear and scratches, but the vibrant grey still shines through, making the blemishes disappear at about 3 feet from the writer's eyes. No cracks. This is the wider-bodied pen that is easier for people to grip without cramping as they write. 12.7cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1585 Esterbrook LJ 9550
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 1585: Esterbrook: LJ 9550
Esterbrook fountain pens almost single-handedly taught America how to write with an ink pen. These were the preferred pens of most high schools, as well as shorthand and secretarial schools. Attractive, inexpensive and dependable, pens such as the coppery Esterbrook LJ model were quite popular. The LJ model is a little shorter and more slender than the J model pen. Our's has been fully restored with a new ink sac. There is light surface wear that isn't noticeable unless you look very closely. No cracks. The clip is tight and the imprint is strong, except for the registered trade mark symbol. Black end jewels in great shape. The stainless steel 9550 nib was originally advertised as an extra-fine point nib. Low and behold, it is still extra fine with a bit of drag, but we always think extra-fine nibs are a bit draggy. You can see a little discoloration on the section. 12.1cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1354 Esterbrook Mexican SJ-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 1354: Esterbrook: Mexican SJ-9556
Hola! You definitely haven't seen one of these before! It is a green SJ model Esterbrook fountain pen that was "Hecho en Mexico." Si! Made in Mexico. The imprint is strong and in Spanish. The cap and barrel have some wear, including a little nick near the tail. No cracks. Both black-plastic jewels are in tact. We replaced the ink sac and fashioned a new pressure bar for the pen out of brass flashing. It tested it in water and it works well. The nib is an American-made primo steel 9556 nib that writes a buttery smooth fine line. 12.8cm capped.

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