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    Default Re: What Pens(s) Are You Waiting For?

    Quote Originally Posted by Detman101 View Post
    Ebonite pens can be eyedroppered, yes?
    If I'm not using a metal pen, I prefer demonstrators...but I think I would like an Ebonite pen for my collection.
    Wait...did I just say collection???

    Oh no...it's happened!
    lol "collection" I'm not a "collector" either (as such) but I've also got quite a few pens now.

    The Noodler's Boston Safety Pen can only be filled by pouring (or eyedroppering) ink into the front end. It's a bit of technical or advanced pen in as much as you don't want to leave it out where someone might try it. If they're not familiar with it they will probably dump all the ink in their lap when they take the cap off - which would be a real waste of good ink.

    There are lots of videos on the Boston Safety but here is the loooooooooong version from the source:
    https://youtu.be/7P7SjOXllkg

    Here is another video by Nathan on durability of ebonite:
    https://youtu.be/0lNiwUm1JhM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Detman101 View Post
    Ebonite pens can be eyedroppered, yes?
    If I'm not using a metal pen, I prefer demonstrators...but I think I would like an Ebonite pen for my collection.
    Wait...did I just say collection???

    Oh no...it's happened!
    lol "collection" I'm not a "collector" either (as such) but I've also got quite a few pens now.

    The Noodler's Boston Safety Pen can only be filled by pouring (or eyedroppering) ink into the front end. It's a bit of technical or advanced pen in as much as you don't want to leave it out where someone might try it. If they're not familiar with it they will probably dump all the ink in their lap when they take the cap off - which would be a real waste of good ink.

    There are lots of videos on the Boston Safety but here is the loooooooooong version from the source:
    https://youtu.be/7P7SjOXllkg

    Here is another video by Nathan on durability of ebonite:
    https://youtu.be/0lNiwUm1JhM
    Hahahahaa...omg, that would be the ultimate prank pen!!
    I might buy one just for that!!
    Leave it around the office and wait for someone to try using it...Bwahahahahah!!!

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    I just got a small bonus from my company... which means I got a boost to my pen budget all of a sudden. I'm taking the plunge with a Lamy 2000 (EF) and an Edison Collier (F) in Ancient Marble. They're on their way, along with a bottle of Robert Oster Thunderstorm, Noodler's Ink Walnut, and a bunch of samples. I also took the opportunity to grab some 308 cartridges for my Ahab.
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    Default Re: What Pens(s) Are You Waiting For?

    A waterman 92 1/2 with a med fine nib,
    A Swan Eyedropper ( need to clean and re set)
    Two Swan Mabie- One Leveless and a self filler with semi-flex nibs. One restrored and one need a sac and repaired.
    One Swan HR SF with full repair and cleaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    A waterman 92 1/2 with a med fine nib,
    A Swan Eyedropper ( need to clean and re set)
    Two Swan Mabie- One Leveless and a self filler with semi-flex nibs. One restrored and one need a sac and repaired.
    One Swan HR SF with full repair and cleaning.
    Congratulations! These are great pens!

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    I ordered this esterbrook set on eBay yesterday for $22. Hopefully the seller doesn’t mind me using their pics. The pen will be my first Estie and my first restoration. I have a sac and some shellac on route. Pretty pumped to see what kind nib is on there and give the restoration a shot. Both the pen and pencil look to be in great shape cosmetically, but the description was pretty vague.

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    Those Estebrooks are beautiful pens.

    I've been researching those Mabie Todd & Co Swans, too. Maybe one day.

    Makes me feel kind of silly ordering new pens.
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    I am pleased I started out with Esterbrook and learning to do a practical restoration. These are very affordable, quality writing instruments. And, having access to several replaceable nibs are fun with which to experiment.

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    Default Re: What Pens(s) Are You Waiting For?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tleek View Post
    I ordered this esterbrook set on eBay yesterday for $22. Hopefully the seller doesn’t mind me using their pics. The pen will be my first Estie and my first restoration. I have a sac and some shellac on route. Pretty pumped to see what kind nib is on there and give the restoration a shot. Both the pen and pencil look to be in great shape cosmetically, but the description was pretty vague.
    Got some Talc, and maybe rosin too? (Talc to lightly coat the sac to act as a dry lubricant so it doesn't stick to the inside of the spacer or pressure bar, rosin to seal the grip in the barrel if it's loose without being as hard-to-remove as shellac for that purpose)

    At least if the nib is bad or missing, it's not that difficult to pick up a cheap 1551 or similar in the meantime til you find a nice 3xxx/9xxx nib.

    You're probably the first person in a while forum-wise that I've seen acquiring it with a matching pencil, vast majority of the time I tends to be the pen by itself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    I am pleased I started out with Esterbrook and learning to do a practical restoration. These are very affordable, quality writing instruments. And, having access to several replaceable nibs are fun with which to experiment.
    They used to be on average more often, but over the last couple years, sellers have been asking as much as $40-50 for unrestored copies of the J/LJ/SJ, and in worse wear sometimes, perhaps due to their popularity increase over the years.
    If you can get them under $20 for a pen unrestored (or even better in the low teens), then that's where I feel their worth it for a restoration project, seeing as they used to be around $50 restored. (guessing a lot of the sellers see them at $50 restored, and thinking they can sell an unknown condition one for the same)
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    Was waiting on a Penbbs-487, it arrived yesterday. Working beautifully eyedroppered with Kon-Peki.



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