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Vintage Pens: 6039 Esterbrook J-9450
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 6039: Esterbrook: J-9450
Best known as the pen that taught America how to write with a fountain pen, Esterbrook J-models are legendary. Required by many high schools and trade schools, Esterbrooks were also attractive, affordable and customizable. That's right. You just unscrew the nib if it breaks or you don't like it, and screw in another of at least 3 dozen tip styles. The Esterbrook J-model is the thickest of the Esterbrook J-series. We restored this pen with a new ink sac. It also comes with an up-grade nib by Esterbrook standards. It is a 9450 for "Extra-Firm Posting." It is a very firm extra-fine with a little feed back. No cracks mar the stunning sapphire blue, but the top "jewel" is partially missing. There also are marks around the section. The rest of the pen is pretty good and ready for daily use. Click the headline for close-ups. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6030 Esterbrook J-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 6030: Esterbrook: J-1555 Gregg
One of the most popular brands of vintage pens we sell are Esterbrooks. These pens of the 1950s helped to teach America how to write with a fountain pen. We restored this Esterbrook J model with a new ink sac. The cap and barrel are heavily worn, but there are no cracks. Click the headline for a closeup to spy that the cap "jewel" has been chipped away a bit. These 1555 nibs were extra-fine and intended for the Gregg Shorthand writing method. This one writes with some feedback but not too bad for a steel nib. 12.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6122 Esterbrook Dollar Pen 2314-B
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: O
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 6122: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen 2314-B
Esterbrook Dollar Pens were a fixture of the 1940s. Very affordable and easily customized with screw-in nib assemblies. This is one of the company's harder-to-find specialty nibs: the 2314-B Relief nib. It is a left-foot oblique nib made of steel. We find it writes very smoothly with some nice--but not dramatic--line variation. Nevertheless, the smoothness makes it fun to write with all day. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. No cracks or deep scratches mar this pen, but it does have a little wear from use. You will see this is one of the shorter versions of the Dollar Pen. Click the headline for close-ups. 11cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6112 Esterbrook SJ-9128
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 6112: Esterbrook: SJ-9128
Enjoy a uniquely dark copper-colored Esterbrook SJ model fountain pen. Most of these are much brighter and more vibrant, but this classic Estie has a more earnest quality. No cracks or deep scratches, only light wear from use. Both of its circular black "jewels" are complete. We restored our vintage pen with a new ink sac. Another nice feature of this pen is its upgraded 9128 steel nib. You will write about as nice and smooth an extra-fine line as any Esterbrook steel nib can write. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6018 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: O
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 6018: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen
More rarities are on display with this Esterbrook Dollar Pen. Please note the three incised cap bands. Add on the rare 1314 left-foot oblique nib, and you have an interesting classic Estie. No cracks or deep scratches. The only cosmetic issue, other than light wear from use, is the pitting on the lever filler. We restored this pen with a new ink sac. The oblique nib on this one is very sharp and scratchy. Yet, it delivers nice line variation for a trade off. Click the headline for close-ups. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6016 Esterbrook Transition
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 6016: Esterbrook: Transition
When Esterbrook went from making Dollar Pens to J-model pens, it ran out of Dollar Pen caps and opted to use the new J-model caps on the remaining Dollar Pen barrels. It is difficult to tell the original ones from the repairmen who replaced broken Dollar Pen caps with J-caps. We found this pen this way, but that doesn't mean anything. What is interesting is the top jewel on the cap has 3 lines instead of the usual concentric circles. The color match is pretty close to perfect between the cap and barrel. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. You will this upgraded steel 9461 nib that is firm and very smooth as it writes a fine line. No cracks, deep imprint, some wear from use. 12.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6015 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 6015: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen
In the 1940s, if you needed a cheap, reliable pen that was easily customized, you got yourself an Esterbrook Dollar Pen. We restored this black model with a new ink sac and new 1555 Gregg Shorthand nib. There are no cracks or deep scratches, but the early plastic cap on this pen has warped a bit. It can be difficult to get the cap on and off. You will write a nice fine line with its steel nib. There is a little feedback, but we wouldn't call this a scratchy pen...not compared to other Esterbrooks with the same nib. Click the headline for close-ups. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6006 Esterbrook J-1461
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 6006: Esterbrook: J-1461
The color match of this married Esterbrook J-model fountain pen looks better in the photo than in real life. The cap is a much deeper red than the barrel. The cap also looks pretty jankety. Nevertheless, there are no cracks and the cap is on tightly. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. We also gave it a new 1461 nib straight out of the box. You will write a firm, extra-fine line with a little feedback. Definitely not a museum piece, but a nice enough daily driver. 12.6cm capped.
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