Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler

  
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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: 3853 Esterbrook J-2048
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3853: Esterbrook: J-2048
It is fun to guess who might have owned a vintage pen originally. Our Esterbrook J model with a 2048 nib really makes us wonder. The 2048 nib was advertised a flexible fine. Ours is, indeed, a flexible fine writer, but it requires a lot of patience as the nib is also rather scratchy. It will write well enough if you go slowly. Just be forewarned. We restored this handsome grey vintage pen with a new ink sac. No cracks mar its surface, but it does have a little wear from use. Good clean imprint. End jewels are complete and unchipped. The J-model was the widest of the Esterbrook J-series pens. 12.7cm 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: 3758 Sheaffer Balance Lifetime
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $99.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 3758: Sheaffer: Balance Lifetime
Marine green is one of the more challenging colors to find in a Sheaffer Balance Lifetime fountain pen. We've restored this lovely pen with a new ink sac and are happy to report that it has no discoloration. Click the headline for close-ups. You won't find any cracks, and it has a strong imprint. Brassing is this pens one major flaw. The ball on the pocket clip has some, and the cap band has a lot in the front, along with a spot of corrosion. Its original 14k gold nib writes a wet extra-fine line with a little feedback at certain angles. It only takes a 1/4-turn or so to cinch the cap to the body, which isn't unusual, but it bothers some people. Large but not oversized, it measures 14cm 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.
Vintage Pens: 3757 Sheaffer Balance Abalone
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 3757: Sheaffer: Balance Abalone
People risked their lives to build this pen! Those are real abalone shells set in this Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Junior. Twirl the pen in the light, and it is incredible watching the many shades of light reflecting of the lacquered shells. Real divers had to get them. We've restored this handsome vintage pen with a new ink sac. Lulu B. Hoyt once owned this pen. Although we have no idea who she is, she did have her name imprinted on this classic writing instrument. Click the headline for a close-up. No cracks in the pen, but there are moderate signs of wear from use. Its original two-tone 14k gold nib writes a buttery smooth extra-fine to fine line. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3755 Sheaffer 5-30
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $49.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 3755: Sheaffer: 5-30
Sheaffer grew so large by the 1930s, it had a factory in Canada. Our Sheaffer 5-30 Balance is one of the handsome pens made there. We have fully restored this tiger-eye straited junior size pen with a new ink sac. You won't find any cracks or brassing. It has some light wear from use, but it looks pretty sharp. The imprint stands out, indicating that it was made in Malton, Ontario. The 5-30 designation meant that the pen cost $5 and had a 30-year warranty. Click the headline for a great snap of the original 2-tone 14k gold nib. It writes a surprisingly smooth, dry extra-fine line. 12.1cm capped.
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