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Vintage Pens: 3403 Esterbrook J-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
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Vintage Pens: 3403: Esterbrook: J-9556
Requested by more schools than any other pen of the 1950s, Esterbrook was ideal for Baby Boomers how to write with an ink pen. It was also ideal for teaching stenographers, secretaries and journalists shorthand! Colorful, affordable and easily customized...what's not to love?! Our Esterbrook J model fountain pen was the largest size offered by the company. We love its copper color. You won't find a crack on the pen, which we restored with a new ink sac. In fact, you'll barely find any trace of wear. The imprint is strong, and the end jewels are complete. It comes with an upgraded steel 9556 nib. Originally advertised for "fine writing," we find it writes a firm, fine line. Of course, the best part about Esterbrook pens is that all the nibs unscrew for easy, customizable replacements! 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3405 Esterbrook LJ Icicle?
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 3405: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle?
What is it? We aren't sure. We are certain it is an Esterbrook, which is imprinted on the clip and barrel. However, it looks like a LJ...but it also looks like it came after the LJ series was done. It has an icicle-like pattern on cheaper plastic. We restored it with a new ink sac. Cosmetically, it only has light to moderate wear. HOWEVER, the threads on the barrel don't engage the cap. YET, the cap slips on snuggly. On the plus, side you get an upgraded 9555 nib, which was advertised as being for shorthand. It writes a very firm, smooth, extra-fine line. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3404 Esterbrook SJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 3404: Esterbrook: SJ-2668
Enjoy the pen that taught an entire generation of Americans how to write with a fountain pen. Esterbrook pens were the #1 requested pens by most high schools and trade schools. This was because the pens were very affordable and easily customized with dozens of nibs for many different jobs. Our minty green Esterbrook SJ was a well loved pen that saw a ton of use. It was a true warrior and companion to its original owner. Just look at the scars of its service. Click the headline to see close-ups of heavy scratches on the section and ringing the barrel and a single pit by the lever filler. This good news is this pen is fully restored with a new ink sac and is in fantastic condition for carrying on a new mission with you or a new pen collector in your life. Its steel upgrade 2668 nib was advertised as being for "general writing." We find it writes medium line with some feedback, as most steel nibs do. No cracks. Complete jewels. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3402 Esterbrook J Chaplain
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
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Vintage Pens: 3402: Esterbrook: J Chaplain
Esterbrook made special pens for the chaplaincy in the 1950s, and this is a rarer full-size J-model version! In the photo you can see the filled-in imprint of the cross. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. No cracks or deep scratches bespoil the finish of this pen. It has wear from use, but it is a good looking pen. Both end jewels are complete. The nib is an upgraded steel 2668, which was originally advertised as being for "general writing." We find it writes a surprisingly smooth fine line. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3378 Esterbrook SJ-1461
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 3378: Esterbrook: SJ-1461
Required by many high schools, few brands taught as many Americans how to write with an "ink pen" as the Esterbrook J-series pens. Our writing instrument is an Esterbrook SJ, which meant the short version of the J-series. It isn't really that short, but it is a lovely ruby red writer. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. The cap and barrel have visible wear but a strong imprint, no cracks and a stunning design make up for the wear. Its steel 1461 nib was originally advertised as being for firm writing that could make the most of "Carbon Copies." We find that it writes a firm fine line that is both smooth and has a little feedback. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3381 Esterbrook SJ-2314M
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 3381: Esterbrook: SJ-2314M
Esterbrooks are super fun due to their customizable nature. Several dozen nibs screw into one of the most popular pens of the 1950s. This Esterbrook SJ pen sports the fairly rare steel 2314-M Relief nib. We restored it with a new rubber ink sac. Our vintage pen has moderate wear but no cracks. The nib writes an italic cursive line fairly smoothly. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3169 Esterbrook 444 Dipless Pen
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 3169: Esterbrook: 444 Dipless Pen
Give your bed-and-breakfast, church or small business a classic vibe with a dip pen to sign the register. The pen is called "dipless" because its holder is an inkwell, and you have to dip it less because it always rests in ink. The dip/holder is an inkwell that keeps the pen wet and ready to fill out a check or other brief writing experience. The glass base is New Old Stock. The black cover has its original price sticker. It has not seen ink, as the instructions are still under the black part, which you must pry off to fill. The pen is dip only, and it comes complete with an upgraded 2968 nib, which we haven't dipped as it also appears to be NOS. Click the headline for a close-up photo. Complete with original box and instructions!
Vintage Pens: 2895 Esterbrook Cracked Ice Light Ivory
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $799.99
Vintage Pens: 2895: Esterbrook: Cracked Ice Light Ivory
Esterbrook fans can really geek out on this gorgeous pen and pencil SET! Yep. It is nearly a perfect Esterbrook Cracked Ice Dollar Pen in "light ivory." No actual cracks. It is stunning. Fully restored with a new ink sac, its only flaws are nearly invisible to the eye. However, you can feel some light scratches and shallow chew marks near the tail. The only discoloration appears to be a little ink staining that got between the inner cap and outer cap. The pencil is in perfect working order with a 1.1mm lead and a hardened eraser under the tail cap. The fountain pen's nib is the older, rarer 3000 series! It is a 3556 Osmiridium Tip that is a little wonky in the photo and scratchy, but it is so rare that it is worth taking to a better nib meister than us. Click the headline for close-ups.
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