Vintage Pens: Esterbrook J-9668

Vintage Pens: 3154 Esterbrook J-9668
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Was there ever a more colorful, convenient and customizable fountain pen of the vintage pen era? Esterbrook pens taught an entire generation of Baby Boomers how to write with an "ink pen." It was among the most requested pens by high schools and business schools because it was affordable, reliable and easily altered with myriad nibs that screwed in and out for various jobs. We restored this Esterbrook J-model pen with a new ink sac. J-model pens were the largest of the Esterbrook line with regard to width/girth. This makes for easier long-term gripping. The steel 9668 nib was considered an upgrade nib and advertised as a medium "general writing" nib. We find this one writes more like a firm but smooth-enough fine point, with possible medium tendencies. The sapphire blue shines through the light to moderate wear. No cracks or deep scratches are to be found. Good imprint. The clip isn't 100% flat against the side of the cap. 12.8cm capped.