Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler

  
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Vintage Pens: 3859 Sheaffer Half Balance/Transitional/?
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 3859: Sheaffer: Half Balance/Transitional/?
Better experts than I can ascertain whether this is a true Sheaffer Half-Balance Transitional fountain pen or some past repairman's efforts to make a fresh pen out of parts. It has even, consistent moderate wear and discoloration throughout the pen. It has the hump clip with a flattened ball. There's brassing on the end of the lever. A 1mm hairline crack goes from the lip of the cap to under the cap band. This repairman restored the vintage pen with a fresh ink sac. Click the headline for close-ups. Whatever it is, it is priced to be a good daily driver for experts or newbies wanting to experiment with vintage. Its 14k gold nib writes a dry extra-fine line with a little feedback due to its firmness. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3857 Sheaffer Student Special
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 3857: Sheaffer: Student Special
Let's face it. Students had way better style, when it came to writing in the 1920s than most kids ever will today. Our Sheaffer Student Special is a great, hard-to-find little pen. It has no cracks, but it does look like it has the wear a student might give it, including brassing on the straight, flat "Sheaffer's" clip. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. Click the headline for a close-up of the pen and nib. It sports the original 14k gold 22 "Student Special" nib, which is likely worth as much as the entire pen all by itself. It writes an OMG smooth broad line with a little FLEX. Very wet for good shadow effects with your ink. A "D" is imprinted in the flat tail. 11cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3856 Esterbrook SM?
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3856: Esterbrook: SM?
We think this is a set of late 1950s Esterbrook SM writing instruments, but the jewels don't look quite right for an SM. We've restored it with a new ink sac. Both the pen and pencil are engraved with the initials L.A.P. Some ink stains the section between the nib and threads. The set was a daily user set. Click the headline for a close-up of the nib. It is an upgraded steel 9788 nib. You will write a wet, fine-medium line with a hint of feedback. Clicking the pencil is how the lead advances, but the lead tip controller is unusually recessed. Not sure if it is a .9mm lead or 1.1mm lead. The pen is 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3855 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 3855: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen
In the 1940s, Esterbrook was coming on strong as a quality dime store brand. They had figured out vibrant colors and interchangeable nibs that screw in and out. We have restored this Esterbrook Dollar Pen with a new ink sac. In spite of the inscribed "L.A. Page," this pen is a great condition. No cracks, dents or deep scratches. Minty green shines through its junior size body. Click the headline to see an upgraded steel 9460 nib. It writes a very smooth, wet medium line. Its pocket clip is on tight. 10.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3854 Esterbrook Franken J
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3854: Esterbrook: Franken J
It's alive! It's alive! Somebody really wanted to keep this Esterbrook pen working. We think it is a combination of an SJ barrel in that wonderful, vibrant copper color, a black hard rubber section and a chrome SM cap! Whatever it is, we restored it with a new ink sac. There is some heavy scarring of the tail of the pen from posting. Its upgraded steel 9556 nib writes a firm, wet fine line with a little feedback. The cap only takes a 1/4 turn to snug tightly. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3851 Esterbrook SJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3851: Esterbrook: SJ-2668
Esterbrooks can be a great gateway drug into vintage pens. Probably the most popularly sold pen of the 1950s, they have great colors, easy to use lever fillers and very easily interchangeable nibs. That's right. The nibs unscrew like a Pelikan nib. There are about 3 dozen replacement options. We restored this Esterbrook SJ (Short J model) with a new ink sac. It has a steel 2668 nib. Click the headline for a photo. We find that it writes a surprisingly smooth medium line, considering it is a little tweaked. No cracks, a strong imprint, minimal wear and a tight pocket clip. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2767 Esterbrook LJ Icicle Red
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2767: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle Red
Esterbrook fountain pens are among our very best sellers, but sometimes one will throw us a curve. On quick inspection, this looks like a standard (albeit rare) Esterbrook LJ Icicle pen in red. Yet, the heavily brassing lever looks different than normal, though it looks original to this pen. Its imprint runs across the narrow width of the pen, unlike the normal down the length of the pen. Plus, the plastic looks thinner and more transparent...though not really transparent. It has the usual clip, cap band and jewels. We restored it with a new ink sac. Its steel 2556 nib writes a dry, extra-fine line. It is reasonably smooth, but it is still a steel nib. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3760 Waterman 5
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 3760: Waterman: 5
There is nothing quite like Waterman pens from the 1920s and '30s. These were the company's most iconic times in the vintage pen era. Our Waterman 5 is a classic from the late 1920s or early '30s. It is an early plastic, not hard rubber. We especially like the 5 stacked circles on top of the cap. It is a nice touch that gives some personality to the design. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. The cap and barrel are crack-free, but you will find some light wear from use, along with some light brassing. The big surprise is the 14k gold nib from Canada. Something must have happened to the original 5 nib, and it was replaced with a stunning 1940s' "Hundred Year" nib. You will find it is springy and responsive, but not flexible. Laying down a wet, medium line is nice with a hint of feedback at certain angles, ascenders and descenders. Not so scratchy as it is letting you know it is at work. Sometimes it "sings" a little for you as you write. 12.4cm capped.
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