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Vintage Pens: 5216 Esterbrook SJ-2314-B
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1900-1909   Fountain Pen Nib Size: O
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 5216: Esterbrook: SJ-2314-B
Here's a fairly uncommon nib for Esterbrook collectors. Our Esterbrook SJ has a steel 2314-B Relief nib. Click the headline for a close-up. You will write a very nice, smooth line with some nice variation. This oblique nib is likely more for right-handed people, but I'm sure there are some lefties who can find a way to make it work for them, if they are determined. We restored this pen with a new ink sac. No cracks to be found, but it has some light wear from past use. Tight clip, deep imprint. Great pen. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5213 Esterbrook J-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 5213: Esterbrook: J-2556
A glossy, rich coppery finish on this Esterbrook J-model pen really stands out. There are no cracks. Its biggest flaw is 1/2-inch scratch down to the right of the clip as you look at it in the photo. Click the headline for a close-up. It is easy to see when looking for it, but it is easy to miss when you aren't looking for it. Otherwise, there's only light wear on the pen. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac, and it is ready for plenty more writing. You will write a firm, extra-fine to fine line with its steel 2556 nib. It is an upgrade nib, but it still has a little feedback. 12.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5212 Esterbrook J-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 5212: Esterbrook: J-2668
When it comes to core basics, the Esterbrook J-model pens are spot on. Heavily requested by high schools and other institutions for their wide range of nib options and affordable, Esterbrook taught Americans how to write in the 1950s. Our black vintage pen has seen many years of loving use. It has a fair degree of wear, which is obvious in the photos. There's a stable hairline crack in the threads of the barrel, but the section feels good and tight. This classic pen has been restored with a new ink sac. Its steel 2668 nib was marketed as an upgrade for "general writing" with a medium tip. We find this one writes smoothly for a steel nib and with more of a fine point than medium. The pocket clip has a slight jiggle, but it doesn't spin around the cap. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5211 Esterbrook LJ-Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 5211: Esterbrook: LJ-Icicle
Esterbrook J-model pens were among the most popular for students in the 1950s, but, for as mass produced as they were, there are still some less common models, such as the Esterbrook LJ Icicle. It is the perfect icicle for an August heatwave. Red and not a molecule of water on it. LOL! Restored with a new ink sac, this vintage pen is in generally pretty good condition. No cracks. Acceptable minor wear. Only the brassed lever filler stands out. Arriving with a steel upgrade nib numbered 2556, this nib writes an extra-fine line. If you are gentle and slow, it has a hint of flex! Originally advertised as a "fine writing" nib. Neither buttery smooth nor a scratchy nail. It's a 1950s steel nib. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5185 Conklin Endura
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 5185: Conklin: Endura
Here's to the person out there who found an empty Conklin Endura desk pen base in an antique store years ago looking for its missing mate. We offer a lovely lapis Conklin Endura desk pen that has been fully restored with a new ink sac. Click the headline for close-ups. It is hard to miss some discoloration and cosmetic damage, but it can still be a dedicated daily driver as a piece of your desk's hardware. You will write a true extra-fine line with its firm, 14k gold nib. In our hands, it feels as if there is a very nice weight and balance in this long-tapered desk pen. It is easy to see why these pens were so popular in the 1920s and '30s. We wish we had the right base for it, but we don't. 20.5cm.
Vintage Pens: 5182 Sheaffer PFM-II.V
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 5182: Sheaffer: PFM-II.V
Around the same time Sheaffer discontinued its Sheaffer TM snorkel pens, it introduced the much thicker Sheaffer Pen For Men. The PFMs came in 5 different trim lines given different Roman numerals. This is a married vintage from different parts. As such, we've jokingly named it the PFM-II.V. It has a PFM-II cap and a PFM-V body. We restored it to good working order with a point seal, sac and O-ring. You will write a very smooth medium line with its 14k gold inlaid nib. It fills as any other snorkel would. Click the headline for a close-up. Mostly this pen has general wear you come to expect from a gently used pen. However, we cannot fully determine if there is a small, hairline crack between the nib and barrel or just a scratch. There is no leak during preliminary testing, but we shall update this as we learn more. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5179 Sheaffer Lifetime Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5179: Sheaffer: Lifetime Desk Pen
Now that we're starting to head back into the office, it is time to dress up your desk with a Sheaffer Lifetime Desk Pen. With a very nice width and balance, it feels great in your hand. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. Sheaffer nibs from this era are among our favorites. We think this pen is from the early 1930s, given the inkfeed and lack of discoloration in the barrel. You will write a very smooth extra-fine line with a very pleasing and reassuring feedback. This isn't scratchy feedback. You just feel everything beneath the point of your nib. After 90 years, we all lack some perfection with wrinkles and such. This pen set isn't much different. It shows wear from being well loved and frequently used back in the day. You can see brassing on the lever and some warping of the tail taper. The base has several chips, marks and small stains. It also still has its stickers. The pen feels like a good fit to us, but it is not the original pen to this base.
Vintage Pens: 5171 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5171: Parker: Duofold
A Duofold or not a Duofold? That is the question. Buuuut, a Duofold by any other name is still a Duofold. Sorry to get so Shakespearian on you as we sort out this classic Parker desk pen. It looks just like a Parker Duofold desk pen, but the imprint doesn't call it a Duofold, only "Geo. S. Parker—PARKER—Made in U.S.A." Either way, it has a beautiful black-and-pearl design with comparatively little discoloration. We restored this pen with a new ink sac. You fill it with a button filler, as with any other Duofold. Click the headline for a close-up. You will write a nice extra-fine line with its 14k gold nib. The barrel and taper have wear from use but no cracks nor any deep scratches. The taper looks a little warped. Its golden taper ring is misshapen. The ring has the potential for falling off while refilling. This vintage pen is more of a junior size width. 18.6cm. Base is missing.
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