Vintage Pens: Esterbrook Visumaster

Vintage Pens: 2760 Esterbrook Visumaster
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $399.99
Most people think of the Esterbrook J-model pens starting in 1948, but they technically got their start in the short-lived Esterbrook Visumaster. These earlier, wider full-size (not oversized) pens were great with a clear viewing window that lets you know when you are running low on ink. These had a steel top jewel like the Dollar Pen but the J clip. The tail of this variant was more like a Transition pen. Ours has some wear from use, but it has a strong imprint, rare matching click pencil and is restored with a new ink sac. Click the headline for close-ups. The one thing that might concern you looking at it are the "fractals" in the viewing window. These are common in clear plastics of the 1940s. There appear to be two layers to the window. The inner layer has the fractals but the outer layer is crack-free. It won't leak. The upgraded, early steel 9556 nib writes a firm extra-fine line. It sings a bit, but it has no real feedback. 12.8cm capped.