Nib Notes: Esterbrook #9314-F

Esterbrook #9314-F nib

What I think about the Esterbrook #9314F nib depends upon the day, or maybe it’s the phase of the moon, or the tide level. It seems completely random. The nib is a Relief Fine Stub according to the box. The box also just calls it a Fine Stub.
It’s an oblique or left-footed stub which means it’s shaped like the toes on a left foot.The Esterbrook #2314F that I have is the older sibling of the 9314F and it’s one of my favorite nibs. Like other 9xxx series nibs the 9314F is a “Master DuraCrome” which mean it has tipping material unlike the 2314F. So I had high hopes for the nib.
Some sessions the nib was fairly smooth and wrote well. In other writing sessions I had problems finding the sweet spot and keeping the nib from biting into the paper. I inked up the 2314F just to see if it was me, the ink or the paper. But the 2314F wrote consistently well. The 9314F that I have just seems to have a very small sweet spot and some days I easily find it and others it’s a game of hide-and-seek. Even on its best days I don’t find the nib any better than the 2314F nib. Like the 9048 I reviewed last week I suspect my specific nib isn’t a prime example of this nib.
I did get some nice variation using R & K Scabiosa when the ink was wet. The variation is subtle thanks to the thin nib and became less pronounced as the ink dried.The Esterbrook #9314-F nib has a BIN price of about $30 on eBay and Anderson Pens has them listed as in stock for $25.
Unfortunately with Esterbrook nibs, since even the newest ones are 50 years old, you never know how a nib was treated and there could always be variations on manufacturing. I’ve had good results for the most part. If I had to pick between my 2314F and 9314F nibs I’d pick the 2134F. In theory it would wear out faster since there’s no tipping material, but it would probably still outlast me.

Additional Reading

The Well Appointed Desk compares the 9314-F