January 22, 2017

Pen Tips

Hello everyone,

a little while ago, I was gifted six pen tips from my friend Dena. Today, I want to show them to you in more detail....

The names of the nibs where NOT written with the nibs on the right!

As you can see above, three of the pen tips where made by Esterbrook. According to Wikipedia, Esterbrook once was the largest pen manufacturer in the USA founded in 1858 by Richard Esterbrook. They produced dip pens until approximately 1967, the year in which the company was acquired by Venus Pencils.

While looking up the Esterbrook company online, I stumbled upon The Esterbrook Project, a great website with lots of information about the company and the nibs. And according to The Esterbrook Project...
...the R. Esterbrook & Co. Radio Pen #942 was produced in the 1930s (more information)
...the R. Esterbrook & Co'S Falcon Pen #048 was one of the most popular Esterbrook nibs, listed in the company's catalogue over decades from 1876 on (more information)
...the Esterbrook School medium Firm #556 was for example listed in ads from 1918 (more information)

The Barion Pen Co. is unfortunately hard to find online. I could not find any proper website about them despite lots of auctioning platforms offering some of their vintage nibs. If anyone of you has some information about the company and/or their nibs, please share it with us in the comment section.

According the the Pittsburgh Digital Library the J.R. Weldin & Co was founded in 1852 as the J.R. Weldin Book and Stationary Store. The company operates under the name Weldins today. Unfortunately, I could not find any information about the Falcon Pen tip. Again, if you know more, please let us know.

The School Nib #53 by Electric is yet another mystery. There are a couple of nib listings online but it is hard to come across some information about the company. So yet again: If you have some information, please be so kind and share it with us.

Alright, that's it so far for today.

Here's a quick video where you can see the nibs "in action" :)

And here's a close-up of the writing from the video...

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. I think it's so awesome that you have researched about the pen tips! I am so delighted that you enjoy them!!!

    1. Oh, I totally do :) Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!


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