Last Thursday was a busy day for my mailman, delivering 4 packages of pens and paraphernalia. In addition to the Parker Vacumatic Maxima I also bought some knocked about Esterbrooks so I can start learning re-sacing and restoration. Along those lines I stocked up on repair supplies from Anderson Pens. Since I was ordering anyway I added in a pen and a few ink samples. I would have been wrong not to get pen and ink. My Esterbrook nib collection also grew. The photo below shows good stuff.
On the bottom is a 48 pen case from Anderson Pens. Nice case, double loops for the pens. Then clockwise from the top left – A Merlin 33, Esterbrook #2668 nib, the Parker Vacumatic Maxima, 4 ink samples, the latest Field Notes, and the Esterbrook’s for my training. An Esterbrook #2314F nib also arrived yesterday. The Esterbrook’s are multiplying.
Last week I mentioned my Franklin-Christoph Model 66 went missing in the chaos of the water pipe break. It surfaced again as I was going through more boxes. After being unused for nearly a month it wrote immediately. I love that pen. But the Vacumatic is a challenger for the top spot.
Now for the links…
FPGeeks had their first “Tweaks for Geeks” yesterday. Brian Grey did a nib smoothing session. It was great. Now I have no excuse not to tweak some of my problem nibs.
Fountain Pen Network was down for an extended period of time this week. Peaceable Writer has some thoughts on pen forums and a list of additional forums.
Gourmet Pens has a review of the Pilot 78G which seems like another inexpensive but nice fountain pen from Pilot.
I’ve been doing a lot of Esterbrook related reading. These are links that I’ll keep handy.
FPN member Chiro75 has a step-by-step Esterbrook re-sacing tutorial.
FPN member maynes32 has put together a Esterbrook Repair Index.
And of course, there the Esterbrook forum on FPN.
Brian Anderson, of Anderson Pens, mains Esterbrook.net where there’s a wealth of information.
Finally, an online Esterbrook nib chart.