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ESTERBROOK DIP PEN NIB LIST

LETTERING NIBS


I believe this to be an incomplete list and ask your help to identify and describe nibs and provide information to improve this list. The entries configured as a link will open a page with what information I have and a picture if one is available.

The nibs are identified by:

   First: the actual imprint on the nib (if available for inspection) (also, this what a collector would first see)
   Second: An Esterbrook catalog or other publication (if available)
   Third: Some third party documentation (Zanerian Catalog)
   Fourth: Collector listings (Chappy's Nibs, e.g.)
   Fifth: Vendor listings


The photos are those I have taken of nibs I own, unless otherwise credited.

If you know of any corrections or additions to this list, please e-mail me and let me know.


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The following Esterbrook nibs are those I believe to have existed at some point in time.


The Esterbrook Drawlet Pen nibs look very much like today's Speedball nibs. They have two vent holes, two main slits and three tines. The difference is the adapatation of the nib tips to different shapes and the addition of an over-reservoir for extended ink capacity.


The Esterbrook Text Writer  and Manuscript nibs look very much like today's nibs called either Round Hand or Manuscript. Esterbrook catalogs and advertising indicate these pens could be ordered with either left or right oblique slant to the tip. The same nib under the Esterbrook Manuscript name had a straight tip (no oblique slant).

  • Esterbrook #0 Lettering Pen
  • Esterbrook #1 Text Writer Pen
  • Esterbrook #1 1/2 Text Writer Pen
  • Esterbrook #2 Text Writer Pen
  • Esterbrook #2 1/2 Text Writer Pen
  • Esterbrook #3 Text Writer Pen
  • Esterbrook #3 1/2 Text Writer Pen
  • Esterbrook #4 Text Writer Pen
  • Esterbrook #4 1/2 Text Writer Pen
  • Esterbrook #5 Text Writer Pen
  • Esterbrook #6 Text Writer Pen

                                                                                         


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