Posts Tagged ‘italic nib’


Esterbrook Nibs Find A New Home


As I became unenamoured with lever fillers, Esterbrooks took a backseat to piston fillers and converters in my rotation. However, I missed their vintage nibs that were produced in great variety including italic and flexible models. Quite a few can still be found on eBay though from reading descriptions, many of those pens will need professional maintenance to regain the capacity to write well. Look for a pen with a new sac if you decide to grab one and it should provide years of good use.

The Esterbrook brand was resurrected a few years ago to the delight of many FP aficionados. I haven’t used one of the new pens so I cannot speak from experience. However, they do offer a Modern to Vintage nib adapter for combining a vintage Estie nib and feed with the modern pen body.

Think about that. A vintage Estie nib can be fitted to a newly manufactured pen body. My old nibs are begging to try out a posh, new home. One of these days…

Esterbrook fountain pen

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Sunday Reads: Pens, Writing And Some Birds


Need a new pen? There are several here that I would enjoy. How about you?

From the archives


You Deserve Something Special


Several weeks ago, I was wearing a sad face over the passing of Roy Clark, musician extraordinaire, and decided to write some thoughts in a Black n’ Red notebook. Not expecting to jot down more than a sentence or two, I still needed to select an ink and pen.

The aqua Nemosine Singularity with an italic nib caught my eye as did a bottle of Rohrer & Klingner Blu Mare. It wasn’t so much the color as the anticipated performance in the notebook that dictated the pairing. Though something short of genius, it was still a very satisfying minute that extended into several while I filled a page and a half with notes about music, musicians, and the music industry. It did cheer me though aqua ink and an italic nib have been known to produce that effect even on a good day.

And that begs a question. Is there an ink and pen duo that can bring you out of a funk? Perhaps that is what a pen gives back for the care we take of it. We give it a long and healthy life and it gives us a little joy.

What say you? Do any of your pens or inks have such an influence over you? If not, then may I suggest presenting yourself this holiday season with the gift of a fab pen and a bottle of luscious ink. Don’t neglect yourself. You deserve something special just as much as your friends and family do.



Pendleton Brown Pens At Discount


iPenStore has a few Pendleton Brown modified pens discounted at under $100. I bought two Pendleton pens privately last year that are very sharp, fine italics. They flow well and are nicely adjusted for their nibs. My pen budget is tapped out or I would be tempted by the last one on the list. Very tempted…


A Good Deal On A Stealth Fountain Pen


A stealth fountain pen is matte black and makes an intriguing addition to any collection. Today I discovered the Rosetta Vulcan matte black model with a steel nib which is the only shiny part of the design. Otherwise, it has a non-reflective black finish and definitely falls into the stealth category.

The nib is a JoWo #6 and should be a very smooth writer. JoWo makes nibs for a lot of manufacturers including TWSBI, Bexley, Conklin and others. My experience with their 1.1 mm steel nibs has been good and reviews of their other nibs have been positive.

The Vulcan comes in black, gunmetal and matte silver with six grades of nibs. The current price on Amazon is in line with some offers elsewhere so this isn’t a special, but it is a good deal for a 1.1 italic nib that can operate in stealth mode.


Links From Ice Cream To Spaghetti


Avoiding the pit of politics wasn’t easy this week, but there were a few bright spots on other subjects…

Playing with your food ain’t what it used to be:


Falling In Love With An Old Friend


Acquiring new pens is a rarity here. So repairing old ones and pairing them with well-suited inks adds a freshness to my rotation. A few weeks ago, the Pilot Preras became winners. Then last night I took my own advice and attempted to rescue another pen.

This time it was an old friend, the early 1990’s blue marble Pelikan M200 that has long suffered from a stuck piston. As a result of that affliction, this poor pen has endured years of neglect. Screwing up some courage, I unscrewed the original extra-fine nib, wiggled the knob with a gentle rocking motion, and was surprised to find that the piston now moved freely. The extra-fine nib did not fit my current preference, but an unattached Binder modified stub would do. So I fitted the nib and pen together creating a lovely Pelikan stub.

To help the piston glide in the chamber, its inaugural fill is Noodler’s Blue Eel, a lubricating ink. On Apica 6A10 paper, the nib has proven a smooth writer that lays down a satisfyingly wide line. Leafing through my ink notes, I found four additional inks that would be compatible with the barrel: Noodler’s Navy, Noodler’s 54th Mass., Diamine Prussian Blue, and Iroshizuku tsuki-yo. J. Herbin Perle Noire or Noodler’s Black would be good in it, too. It’s going to be fun finding another perfect match or two.

A word of caution is in order. I was willing to further damage the Pelikan and send it off to hospital if my efforts proved disastrous. For a pen that was receiving no use, it was worth a try. Worst case would have been a relatively easy repair for someone who knows their stuff. I do have a pot of a proper piston lubricant should that have been needed. So compared to other repairs, this situation presented an acceptable risk.

Making minor adjustments to the Preras and the Pel has been very effective. I have three “new” pens to love and it isn’t even Valentines Day yet. What a great start to a new year!

Pelikan Pens History

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