Esterbrook

Esterbrook

Esterbrook ‘s Amazing History:

1858, Richard Esterbrook renamed his pen company, Esterbrook Steel Pen Manufacturing Company in conjunction with a move of the factory to Camden, New Jersey.

1862 Esterbrook moves his company to 75 John St in NYC. A few years later he moves to 49 Maiden Lane. Then, a few years after that, he moves to 26 John St and stays put for the next 30 years. 

By 1865, the company had grown to become one of the largest pen makers in the world. 1879, Esterbrook publishes their first printed catalog. By 1896, Esterbrook opened an additional manufacturing plant in Birmingham, England. In 1912, a remarkable five story building is erected for pen manufacturing. In 1918, Esterbrook advertising claims they are manufacturing an astonishing 200 million pens each year. 1967 saw the brand acquired by the Venus Pencil Company. Four years later, all Esterbrook operations ceased in 1971.

Since 1858, the Esterbrook brand has featured fountain pens. You’d think after 160 years they’d produce a pretty fine pen! They do. Try one for yourself and be a part of this American tradition.



  • Esterbrook JR

    The Esterbrook  ‘JR Pocket Pen’

    The “J” was Esterbrook’s sleek and suave, classic pocket pen that appealed to the practicality of the times. The ‘R’ was appended to signify ‘J revisited’. It was a perfect pen for both men and women, and we think it still is today. Esterbrook’s revival of this 1940’sand 50’s pen has all the hallmarks of its predecessor, with a few new bells and whistles. The Pocket Pen is about 85% the size of a typical fountain pen. Smaller, not small. Kind of, ‘Junior’ in size.

    The new ‘JR’ is stylish and refined without being too fancy. With a refined design, that isn’t fussy, it is compact in size, so you can always have one in your jeans or shirt pocket, purse, or briefcase. It can be with you on the go, wherever you go. 

    The new version is offered in two colors: Carmine Red and Capri Blue. The bodies are turned acrylic resin. Carmine’s trim shines bright in Silver and Capri gleams in Gold. The cap screws on.

    The fountain pen is available in extra fine, fine, medium, and broad. The pen fills with either cartridge or the included converter. And since Esterbrook hopes you’ll hold onto it forever, both the German JoWo nib and the top of the pen have been engraved with the Esterbrook Eternity symbol. It’s Esterbrook’s new take on the small, but mighty pocket pen. 

  • Camden Composition

    Two Classics Meet
    For nearly 200 years, the traditional Composition Notebook has remained virtually unchanged. Evolved from the ancient Japanese art of Suminagashi, its unique black and white marbled cover has graced the desks of schoolchildren and scholars, artists and authors. Odds are, you have owned several.

    The Composition Notebook has been a top seller for manufacturers since it arrived in the US from France in 1887, due to its approachable, humble nature and its accessibility anywhere school and office supplies can be found.

    Introducing the Camden Composition.
    A tribute to the heritage of both the Esterbrook Camden and the classic Composition Notebook, this limited release is an homage to schoolwork and notetaking, to the words of yesteryear, and carrying the tradition of analog into future. The Camden Composition will be offered in three specially engineered finishes in editions of 250 pieces each: Back to School Black, Spring Break Fluorescent Green and Fall Leaves Burgundy (coming later this summer)  

    The Camden fountain pen is available in fine, medium and broad nibs adorned with Rhodium trim. The rollerball takes our standard R4688 refill which is available in 8 colors and 3 widths.

    Whether for your boardroom, classroom, or collection, the Camden Composition is a pen for all generations and writers.


  • Esterbrook Estie

    Modern Flourishes from an ‘Old’ Brand

    Since 1858, the Esterbrook brand has featured fountain pens. You’d think after 160 years they’d produce a pretty fine pen! They do. Don’t overlook the rollerballs. They lay down a nice fluid line of liquid ink. Explore this great rejuvenated American brand.

  • Esterbrook Sparkle

    About That Sparkle

    Introducing the Estie ‘Sparkle’. This gem of a pen has had a glitzy makeover and is Esterbrook’s most ambitious Estie to date.   As Esterbrook is committed to collaborations with U.S. suppliers, for this limited edition Estie, they partnered with Tim McKenzie of Charlotte, NC.  

    Tim McKenzie is a custom Alumilite blank maker who wanted to separate himself in the marketplace. How to make one’s product unique is a challenge to artisans throughout the industry. Tim got innovative and added diamonds to his mix of Alumilite and pigments. Tim determined the precise size of diamond particles needed to allow his pen material to be machined effectively without losing the intense sparkle of the precious gems. Using reclaimed diamond particles from diamond cutters, McKenzie upcycles it and makes it into a material that shines and glimmers in each move of the resulting pen. The material is named Diamondcast.

    Esterbrook approached Tim to partner with them to make a new version of their oversized Estie. The goal was to utilize his Diamondcast material in the most epic way possible. The result is the Limited Edition Estie Sparkle. It comes in three shimmering gem-like shades, Garnet, Tanzanite and Montana Sapphire (which has the addition of silver to make it even more of a showstopper).

    This slightly oversized pen is comfortably balanced. The nib is specially manufactured in Germany by respected nib maker Jowo.  Nib choices are, fine, medium and broad. Montana’s trim is Rhodium. A cushioned cap closure provides a secondary seal to ensure an always ready wet nib. Ink is filled by a cartridge or a converter. A sleek clip provides a clean accent for the cap and slides easily to one’s shirt pocket.

  • Esterbrook Nook

    Show Your Pens Some Love

    Meet the new Esterbrook Navy Nooks. The look is sleek and classic, with detailing that suggests race cars and sailboats. The interiors imply, ‘warm and cuddly’. And they are.

    Esterbrook paired supple navy leatherette with contrasting red stitching, handsome silver hardware, and then fabric lined the interior with their signature Esterbrook Eternity image.   

    You’ll find a flap that easily snaps and unsnaps to reveal your collection, which is housed in individual, cushioned sections and secured with elastic for extra safekeeping.  

    For just a stylish and lightweight need, choose the Nook Sleeve. Or, carry a selection of your favorites in a Navy Nook for one, three, six or twelve pens. 

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