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The esthetics plus the affordablity of the Esterbrook pens is a dangerous combo! I WANT THEM ALL! Or atleast.. more every time I look at them.

Right now I have my eye on a nice black J with an OM nib on ebay, but I'd also like a dark (olive) green and a 'rootbeer' copper Js. How rare are they?

I'd like, for those of you who enjoy taking pictures, to share them here. The more estie porn the better, if you please!

Cheers,

/e: Just saw a pic of a cracked ice Estie. Better add that to the list too.. biggrin

-- Edited by Highbinder on Tuesday 17th of November 2009 02:19:24 PM

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The darker greens are definitely harder to come by. I had a "tiger stripe" J that I sold earlier this year (the dark strip ran continously through the barrel).

The brown in the "Root Beer" shade are seen more often. I have both a Trans J and standard J in copper. The brown is my favorite color, and I believe it is for many. This may explain why the browns seem harder to come by in that people hold on to them.

You can never have enough Esties! Welcome to the addiction!!

Frank

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I bribed myself, Frank, by saying that instead of dropping several bills on a nice fp (was thinking an Edison, Stipula or Nakaya) I'd put it off till this time new year as a reward if I save the money I intend to with this new job (half my salary, should be doable!) and instead buy a couple of different esties, maybe try my hand at 'renovating' (!) and also as an excuse to buy more ink.

/e: Forgot to mention I'm also craving an SJ, perhaps a nice dark grey one, and also I'd love a pastal yellow! Arghhhh

-- Edited by Highbinder on Tuesday 17th of November 2009 04:23:03 PM

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I normally like me a mid- to large-sized pen, but I've got a real soft spot for my little blue SJ. When my time frees up around the holidays I'm going to take a crack at fixing up some eBay salvage numbers. I tried to do it over the summer, but life got in the way, alas.

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when you guys are ready, head over to the repair forum. & I'll help out if need be.

Also I have plans on shooting how to's for common pens/filling systems later this spring/summer.

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Just won my first estie on ebay. I am excited!!

Got my hands on a black J with a 2314M nib on it, muwhahahaha. Appears to be in good nick from the photos.

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sweet! If you dont like that 2314 nib, send it this way.

You should be seeing your package any time now. More esties for the stable.

Enjoy!
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The nib chart I have puts it down to a relief M oblique, which is a nib style I've yet to try. I am excited! If it repulses me then I may grant your request heh heh.

I think to me thats a big allure of these pens. I can justify having a half dozen (I dream heheh) esterbrooks because of the huge variety of nibs. I'm lurking over an ebay J with a 9668 nib, now, and after that a 9314B :D

And I can't freakin' wait Dennis. International mail takes it's sweet damn time, I'm sure the parcels obey quantuum mechanics, when not being observed they split and travel on infinite different routes to reappear here instead of following the shortest/most likely path (as it should be?) but rather the one that takes foreeeeeeeeeeeeever to get to where it's going.

Or some such.

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So a package arrived today, it wasn't the black J I just bought but rather a pair of esties sent by our very own DWL.

One of the pens, a little grey SJ, has, when I look down the barrel what appears to be the remains of the sac, or something. Whatever it is its solid and it's stuck. How should I best remove it?



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Glad they made it in OK. The piece inside the barrel is a plastic 'tray' that the sac 'sits' in. I've never really understood the need for it myself. The sac is attached to the back side of the section as usual.

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So wadda I do? :D Any good faqs as to restoring?

I gave the nibs a good flush and had a wee test just dipping the 1555 nib. A tad scratchy but an enjoyable nib!

Now the other pen, I just gave it a dip and it seems Dennis was a sly bugger and gave me a 3rd party stub nib! Very gentle but the line variation is there, but seems to shift on paper type. And damn its smooth for such a butt ugly nib :D (and pen, lets be honest LOL)





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Highbinder wrote:

So a package arrived today, it wasn't the black J I just bought but rather a pair of esties sent by our very own DWL.

One of the pens, a little grey SJ, has, when I look down the barrel what appears to be the remains of the sac, or something. Whatever it is its solid and it's stuck. How should I best remove it?



Dennis was correct in that it belongs there! I have been told that it's a sac guide/protector. It is usually only in J pens though (not SJ). It was meant to ensure that all Esties would accept the standard #16 sac.





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No no I'm not tlaking about the semi-circular clear plastic section inside the barrel of the J. I mean theres something physically IN the barrel, as in its' taking up the entire space, is solid, and is right up at the barrel section, and from atleast first impressions doesn't seem to belong there. The j bar won't move so I'm thinking it could be the old sac?

Did you look inside the silver un, Dennis?



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It very well may be the old sac in there. i thought I'd cleared it out before I sent it to you. Use a pair of hemostats, tweezers or very slim nosed pliers and pull it out. I'll bet thats what it is.

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Highbinder, what it is is Dennis "unknowingly" gave you an Estie-d. It's only going to get worse before it gets better. The most visible symptom is an increase in Esterbrooks, often exponential, but sometimes only in small batches. When an Estie outbreak appears, it is possible that your "sac" and "j-bar" won't function right. In time you'll learn how to deal with your Estie-d symptoms... but you should know it's like the clap and herpes: once you get an Estie itch, it won't get away.

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thats the funniest thing I've read all day man. thanks for the snort!

I must add that not even a concentrated dose of penicillin will clear up a bad estie-d case like I gave you.

-- Edited by DWL on Tuesday 24th of November 2009 04:13:35 PM

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Maaan you could say that about ALL fountain pens, I need to show some self restraint!!

But yeah, I've got another 2 on the way, that black un I won and a copper J from FPN :) wooo



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theres the boxed black J transitional I have here for you as well. Just so you know, I take my cue from drug dealers. Give the first sample free then get 'em hooked but good..lol.

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Is this black J functional? I'm hooked :(

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yup, it's functional & in excellent condition. The only issue is it's missing the clip. A basic black cap is an easy one to score. If I can find a stray clip I can get it replaced.

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