Vintage Pens: Esterbrook J-9556

Vintage Pens: 3392 Esterbrook J-9556
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Remember that thing called the phone company? The biggie was Bell, as in Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the old contraptions that didn't play movies, music or send telegrams called texts. This Esterbrook J-model pen once belonged to Bell Systems. It is tattooed to the other side of this pen. Imagine if your job provided you with a customizable fountain pen today! This one got plenty of work, as you can tell by the heavy wear all over it. Still, we restored it with a new ink sac and shined it up as best we could. No cracks! However, the cap jewel is pretty badly chipped, and the clip spins freely...even though it won't fall off. The steel 9556 nib is an upgrade nib, and it writes a firm, fine, fluid line without any glitches. It does have a little feedback, but it isn't scratchy. You just feel the paper under the nib. 12.8cm capped.