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Vintage Pens: 5936 Esterbrook J-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 5936: Esterbrook: J-2668
Would the American Automobile Association get more customers today if they handed out free fountain pens with memberships? That would appear to be the story behind this 1950 Esterbrook J-model. Who knows? Maybe it got its kicks in a 4-door Packard rolling down Route 66. It might have rattled around some classic glove compartment given its light wear from use. No cracks, but the cap ring is a tad loose. We restored it with a new ink sac. This vintage pen sports a steel upgrade nib marked 2668. We find it writes a nice extra-fine line with light feedback. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5934 Esterbrook Transition
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: O
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 5934: Esterbrook: Transition
As Esterbrook switched from Dollar Pens to J-model pens, the company found itself with too many leftover Dollar Pen Barrels. Instead of letting them go to waste, they fitted them up with J caps. The end result is the Esterbrook Transition pen. Our vintage pen is a very attractive mint green. We restored it with a new ink sac. The biggest flaw with the pen is the start of a hairline crack in the lip of the cap. Unfortunately, it seems to be on a seam in the celluoid. Although it hasn't run all the way up the cap, it likely will soon. The saving grace of this pen is its somewhat hard-to-find 2314 M Relief nib! It is a smooth italic or oblique nib that writes with some great line variation. 12.4cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 5927 Krone Gradient
Filling Mechanism: Piston Filler
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $499.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 5927: Krone: Gradient
Limited edition pens are always fun, and our Krone Gradient Coral Red is no exception. What makes it especially interesting to us is that it is #4 of 388! We've never had a numbered pen in the single digits before. Mother of pearl blazes into a blazing coral red on the barrel. The brushed steel cap and blind cap serve as nice contrast. Overall, the pen looks great but there are two short but deep scratches on the steel cap. Click the headline for close-ups. You'll write a smooth medium line with its 18k gold nib. We find it makes little scrunching sounds at the top of ascenders and bottom of descenders. You'll also notice it is a bouncy nib capable of line variation. Just be careful, as 18k gold is very soft and easily bent out of shape. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5924 Parker Lady Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 5924: Parker: Lady Duofold
Even people who aren't into lady's pens have to shout when they see this Parker Duofold. A streamlined model, it still looks really sharp today in its orange permanite cap and barrel with reblackened hard-rubber end caps. Only the tassie shows brassing. Overall, the pen does show some wear from use, annnnd there is a crack in the barrel threads. However, if you write with a light hand, it should be okay. We restored this pen with a new ink sac, button and pressure bar. It still has its Christmas-tree inkfeed. You will write a fine line with a little feedback using its 14k gold nib. 11.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5925 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 5925: Parker: Duofold
Parker Duofold Junior fountain pens don't often light many people's fires. However, this streamlined model is a stunner. We restored it with a new ink sac, and we de-oxidized its end caps. Now it looks close to new. The orange permanite cap and barrel do show some wear from us, but there is no brassing. It is a pretty impressive vintage pen. Another fun thing about this pen is its 14k gold nib. You will write a nice medium line that is pretty smooth. It does not have the Christmas-tree inkfeed. It is more of a Vacumatic-style feed. Click the headline for close-ups. 11.5cm capped.
Pencil: 5921 Esterbrook J-Pencil
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $29.99
Pencil: 5921: Esterbrook: J-Pencil
We aren't certain about the official Esterbrook letter designation for this model, but it relates to the Esterbrook J-series of fountain pens. Our vintage pencil is a lovely mint green and still in good working order. Cap actuated, you click the tail cap to advance or retract the .9mm lead. A couple spare leads are under the tail cap, but the eraser is long gone. A crisp imprint greets you on the barrel, and it only has light wear from use. 12.3cm.
Pre-Owned Pens: 5918 Parker Sonnet
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: B
Price: $99.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 5918: Parker: Sonnet
It is nice to find a Parker Sonnet with an 18k gold nib. We think most of them are plated steel these days. That would seem to date this pre-owned pen a little. Solidly built, this pen shows a some wear in places, but it is in great shape. It comes with a Parker converter, but it also can use Parker cartridges. Click the headline for close-ups. You will write a smooth broad line when you find the sweet spot. This pen also squeaks a little as it writes and can get a little scratchy outside of its sweet spot. 13.4cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 5916 Namiki Pilot Falcon
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: SF
Price: $149.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 5916: Namiki Pilot: Falcon
Namiki Falcon pens have a cult-like following...with good reason. These are amazing Japanese pens. No frills design and a strange looking nib hide the fact it is a stunning writer. Our pre-owned pen sports a 14k gold "SB" nib. That translates into "Soft Broad." In truth, Japanese broad nibs are more like American and European medium nibs, but the "soft" means it is a semi-flex nib that can go up to about 1mm wide. Pretty damned close to buttery smooth, too. Our pen comes with a converter, but it also can take Pilot cartridges. 13.6cm capped.
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