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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: 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: 1758 Esterbrook SJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 1758: Esterbrook: SJ-2668
Baby Boomers learned how to write with an ink pen, likely while using an Esterbrook fountain pen. These pens were required by myriad high schools and professional schools for stenographers, secretaries and journalists. Our Esterbrook SJ-2668 is long and slender. Its minty green finish shines through the moderate to heavy wear on the cap and barrel. You can't notice the wear unless you feel it or look very closely. The clip is a bit sprung, but there are no cracks. The black end jewels are whole. We restored the pen with a fresh new ink sac. The "upgrade" steel 2668 nib writes a wet medium line. It is generally smooth but sings a little as it writes. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1583 Esterbrook Transition 9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 1583: Esterbrook: Transition 9556
Moving from the 1940s into the '50s, Esterbrook began moving from the Dollar Pen to the J-series pens. Stuck in the middle were these Esterbrook Transition pens. Featuring the new candy copper color, this fully restored lever filler had a flat-tail barrel of the earlier models and the J-style cap of the pens that would come to dominate the 1950s. There bite marks on the tail, and you can see a couple little scratches and wear on the rest of the pen. No cracks, strong imprint. The top black "jewel" has 3 stripes and not concentric circles. You can see a little malformation of the bottom of the clip in the photo. Click the headline to see the interchangeable, upgraded-steel 9556 nib that writes a medium line with a touch of feedback. Wide body, light weight, 12.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1586 Esterbrook Esterbrook LJ-2550
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 1586: Esterbrook: Esterbrook LJ-2550
Today America runs on Duncan, but in the 1950s, America ran on Esterbrook. Likely the most popular brand for students, offices, secretaries and journalists, Esterbrook fountain pens were affordable, easy to use and easy to customize. The nibs screw out and can be replaced with a nib size for every possible function. This Esterbrook LJ model is fully restored with a new ink sac and is a little shorter and more slender than the Esterbrook J. It was well loved and heavily used in its day, as evidenced by the scratches and wear on the cap and barrel. However, there are no cracks and the jewels are whole. The steel 2550 nib was considered an upgrade bookkeeping nib. It is still an extra-fine nib, but as a steel extra fine, it does dig into the paper a little and have a slightly scratchy feel. It writes well, but you have to like extra fine and a little scratching. Some people do. Click the headline to see a close up of the nib and a little pitting in it. 12cm capped.