Esterbrook Estie Tortoise Fountain Pen - Silver Trim
Tortoise harkens back to the popular acrylic blend from the 30s and 40s. A balanced blend of browns and tans, Tortoise has the elegance of yesteryear while still very much being a modern pen.
- Hand-turned acrylic
- Cushion cap closure
- Steel JoWo #6 nib
- Multiple nib options for any writing style
The Esterbrook "Estie"
Titled Estie, a kind of nickname for Esterbrook, is a tribute to the brand and its storied history. Short for Esterbrook, ?Estie? also provides a feeling of 1930s nostalgia, when phrases like dingy, dizzy, doggy and brodie were commonplace. A time when fountain pens were an integral part of life and communication for most Americans.
Esterbrook began manufacturing nibs in the US in the mid-1800s, but the 1930s were a period of importance, as they introduced their first interchangeable nib system in 1933. The interchangeable nibs gave the user many options for writing, whether in school, business, personal etc. Today, a similar system is reborn with the Estie and the specially engineered MV Nib Adaptor. The MV adaptor delivers a vintage nib experience with a modern shape Esterbrook pen.
- Comfortably balanced fountain pen in a complete range of points for the way you write
- Nib size/point size extra-fine, fine, medium and broad. 1.1 Stub now available in Rhodium trim. Specially manufactured in Germany by Jowo
- Blended and turned acrylic with a high polished finish
- Cushion cap closure provides a secondary seal to ensure a wet point
- Ink is filled by a cartridge of ink or a converter, which acts like a syringe to draw ink from a bottle
- Sleek palladium clip that provides a clean accent for the cap and slides easily to one's shirt pocket
- Weight: 24g overall
- Measurements: 5.9? closed, 5? open, 6.7? posted
- JoWo #6 nib
Esterbrook endures. We are The Esterbrook Pen Company, a true American Original, revived in 2018 by Kenro Industries to write its next chapter.
As Americana and nostalgia for the past have come into favour, iconic American brands are being reborn in the cities where they first achieved fame. For one hundred years Esterbrook was the pride of Camden, NJ. Today, its been moved 120 miles north to Kenro headquarters in Mineola, NY, where its storied past will forever be a part of its promising future.
In 1858, entrepreneur Richard Esterbrook established his pen company under the trademark Esterbrook Pen Company, which would soon become one of the biggest and most beloved pen makers in the world. At its height, Esterbrook was the largest pen manufacturer in the United States. It produced 216,000,000 pens a year, 600,000 pens a day, made by its 450 workers.
Much of Americas history has been written and created with Esterbrook pens. U.S. presidents Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation with their Esterbrook pens. Famous Disney artist Carl Banks brought Donald Duck to life with an Esterbrook No 356. Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz used the No 914 for all his comics. All the while millions of students grew up learning to write using Esterbrook pens. It is fair to say that these visionaries, and artists, helped Esterbrook to become an integrated part of Americas politics and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Esterbrook grew up in the shadows of one of the nations darkest hours, but despite the toll of the Great Depression on the United States, there was an enduring spirit of its people, a new hope awakening, importance placed on the strength of character and a deep enthusiasm for achieving dreams. Esterbrook met those values with writing instruments that were emblematic of those times and commitments.
Today we champion those same tenants, facing the future with the determination and tenacity of those before us.
Accordingly, Esterbrook stands for what it always has: entrepreneurial spirit, outstanding quality at a great value, and creative designs that made the original Esterbrook brand an American icon and global player. Joel Blumberg, Kenros founder and president, acquired the rights and patents for this original American brand for these very reasons. Says Blumberg: If you take the time to dig into Esterbrooks heritage and how much this brand and its pens were part of great American history and cultural development, you start to see all those parallels to today and why a brand like Esterbrook still has its place in our digital world. Thats why we plan to reintroduce and build the Esterbrook brand on the same values as it was originally born. Times are different, but core values remain deep in our DNA and this is what we are building on with this brand relaunch. Blumberg adds: We decided to relaunch this iconic brand with what we call the re-concept. Re means to do simultaneously looking back to the original state. This is exactly what the essence of the Esterbrook relaunch is.
The timing couldnt be better for Esterbrook to tap into the increasing demand by long-time collectors and a growing demographic of new pen enthusiasts for well- made, old fashioned, quality items with history and authentic stories.
To that end, Kenro has written a Manifesto for this incarnation of the Esterbrook Brand:
We want to reconnect with consumers, rebuild interest in fine writing and penmanship, revolt against the decline of handwriting in American schools, reestablish brand image as an American Original, regain trust and market share with retail partners, and revive the values and spirit of Richard Esterbrook for the 21st century.
Its a pledge to our admirers and enthusiasts: as they persist, so do we. Esterbrook endures.
** Please note: The design imprint on the nib may be different from the photo.**