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Vintage Pens: 2231 Esterbrook Transition 1550
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 2231: Esterbrook: Transition 1550
Japanese extra-fine nibs are almost impossible to find in American-made vintage pens...until now. This is that rare treasure that is actually pretty smooth to write with...especially for a steel nib! You can even tell that this is an early Esterbrook nib because of the more-rounded inkfeed. The fully restored Esterbrook Transition pen in ruby red is stunning, even without the nib. It has minimal wear on the cap and barrel, and in the right light it looks like a freshly licked red lollipop! No cracks, strong imprint, no actual slobber. Tight clip. 12.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2230 Esterbrook Transition 1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 2230: Esterbrook: Transition 1555 Gregg
We remark time and again how Esterbrook pens often were the go-to pen of shorthand and secretarial schools. This 1940s' Esterbrook Transition pen is elegant proof. The steel nib was made to the specifications of the Gregg School of handwriting and shorthand. Transition pens showcased the new cap design of the J-series pens to come, while maintaining the flat-tailed, wide-bodied barrel design of the Esterbrook Dollar Pens. This is a fully restored and stunning specimen in pearl grey. Minimal wear and a strong imprint. New ink sac. The nib writes an exceptionally smooth, wet fine-medium line. 12.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2229 Esterbrook SJ-2968
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2229: Esterbrook: SJ-2968
Few pen companies have had the privilege to teach nearly an entire generation how to write, but Esterbrook was one such company. In the 1950s, Esterbrook SJ-model pens such as this one, as well as other J-series pens, were the most requested pens to be used by high schools and shorthand schools! Affordable, easy to maintain and easily customized with screw-in replacement nibs, it is no wonder these pens were the fountain pens of the Baby Boomers. We restored this one with a new ink sac. It has moderate surface wear on the cap and barrel, but there are no cracks. The imprint is still strong. The steel 2968 nib was an upgrade nib for "broad writing." When you find the sweet spot on the nib, it is a very smooth broad writer. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2098 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $59.99
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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.
Vintage Pens: 2097 Esterbrook Icicle SJ-1550
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
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Vintage Pens: 2097: Esterbrook: Icicle SJ-1550
Red makes for a nice Esterbrook Icicle SJ model fountain pen. This is another of the very rare Esterbrook colors. The red isn't quite the ruby lollipop red of the more traditional models. It has a bit more brown in it, but it is distinctly different from the copper. Fully restored, this is another great pen. It has a couple very small scratches, and very small clamp marks on the section from an earlier repair. The clip is on tightly, but there is a little gap between where it ends and the cap. It has a new ink sac. No cracks, no barrel imprint. The steel 1550 nib writes a needle-thin extra fine line pretty well for a steel extra-fine. It has a little feedback but it is pretty good with a light touch. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2095 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $89.99
Vintage Pens: 2095: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-9556
Esterbrook collectors love these very hard-to-find "Icicle" designs. This Esterbrook LJ model is not only the rarer copper color with an icicle pattern, it appears to have never been used! The inner cap looks almost as clean as when it left the factory. Someone might have dipped this pen or twice over the years, but it definitely wasn't a daily user. There are little scratches from being rattled around drawers or a shoebox. No cracks. It has a new ink sac. The steel 9556 nib was considered a big upgrade nib that was advertised as being for "fine writing." We gave it a quick test, and it does indeed write a firm, fine line that is smooth with some light feedback. 12.2cm 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: 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.
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