Pens and Ephemera
Vintage Pens: 2057 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Esterbrook fountain pens taught an entire generation how to write with an ink pen. Babyboomers were likely required by their schools to write with an Esterbrook fountain pen. Inexpensive and easily customized, pens such as this Esterbrook LJ come with an easily changed steel nib to fit any writing style or need. The nibs simply unscrewed from the pen and were replaced for less than a dollar. We restored this pale-green pen with a new ink sac. The pen was a daily user and features some wear, including a few small stains, which you can see at the tail of the pen in the photo. Click the headline for a closer look. The cap is a few shades of green different from the barrel. Possibly married. The steel 2668 nib was advertised as a "general writing" point, which writes a smooth medium when held at the sweet spot angle. No cracks. The clip isn't quite making contact with the barrel, where it slips into your pocket. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2054 Esterbrook Cartridge Pen
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
By the early 1960s, disposable plastic ink cartridges were all the rage. Esterbrook began creating their own, and this is one of their cartridge-only fountain pens. Sleek and stylish this deep red vintage pen has some light wear but is in good condition. An empty vintage cartridge is in the pen so you can refill it with a syringe to use this pen on a daily basis. Its nib is a steel 2556 that writes a firm extra-fine line with a little feedback. The section has two small cracks where the nib screws into the section. 13.8cm capped.