Vintage Esterbrook 048 Falcon Pen 1947

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
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Esterbrook had a rather lengthy obsession with the Falcon Pen. It was in all their advertising, booklets, pamphlets, etc. It has been said that Esterbrook derived the name of the Falcon pen from the Latin root “Falx.” The 048 Falcon Pen was the bestselling and most popular pen in all the United States for decades. Many artists swear by it and sadly, there are no modern pen companies manufacturing this pen or any style of falcon pen. Which brings us to the sale page you are at! Here is your chance to own a Falcon Pen! Its amazing level of versatility makes its reputation well earned. It writes with comfort and ease and can produce artistic line weights that are desirable in artistic applications. Another feature of this pen is its ability to hold more ink than a crow-quill pen or a fine pointed pen. This means more time drawing and writing and less time dipping.

This particular version of the pen was manufactured in 1947 and has a groove pointed tip. It was determined in the 1930s that by stamping grooves you can more precisely control the flexibility of the tip and provide a uniformity across all the pens manufactured. Additionally, by the 1940s people generally desired a more firm pen, rather than a highly flexible pen. Therefore, this pen is more firm than the older Falcon Pens out there (pre-1940s). However, don’t let that fool you too much; this pen is capable of a high amount of flexibility!
This pen is new old stock and maintains its original factory finish. There are no signs of rust or oxidation or patina. This pen is coated with a varnish/oil that protects the pen from rust. This varnish must be removed prior to use to ensure correct ink flow from the pen. Dipping the pen into ink and wiping away the excess is the best way to remove the varnish. You may have to perform this task 2 or 3 times. You will know that it has worked when the ink evenly covers the pen and does not bunch up into blobs.

Note: Original box is not included with any sale of the pen(s). Box art is shown as a historic marker.

If you have any questions about this pen, or other pens, feel free to contact me or visit my website at: If you request a customized order of pens or need pens that you do not see listed on my page, please email me as I might very well have such a pen (excluding any of the “Dream Nibs” as if I had them, they would be on my sale page. :) )

Average review
This is practically one of the best pens that I received out of all of the other pens that I ordered, it's an absolute joy to write with despite the fact that it's not an oval pointed pen; the pen flexes fairly easily even though it is considered a very firm pen, making it a very good pen to use in more artistic formats, which it a blessing because I like to ink my sketches and more professional pieces with dip pens just as much as with standard technical pens. I will be using this mostly for writing letters to my friends and family along with my D.Leonardt #503EF Ball-pointed pen, it glides across the page just like a fine liner drawing pen. :D
May 30, 2018 by Mariel Coronado
Great nib! The packaging was so nice and thoughtful. Very lovely seller-- gave a complimentary gift which was so sweet and unexpected! Thank you! :]
Jul 7, 2017 by Luci Ci
All pens are in a perfect state, and the packaging is very artistic. Can't even express how much joy this package brought. Many thanks!
Sep 4, 2016 by Anna Gavriluk
I am so impressed. Ordered one nib, and got 4! No idea what inspired the generosity, but I'm so excited to get working with my new nibs!
Jan 21, 2016 by Alex Winingar
I didn't expect this nib to live up to the hype... but it did! I may have to come back for more.
Nov 14, 2015 by Olly

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
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The items in my shop are sold "AS IS." I am selling vintage and antique items that are not replaceable; especially if they are used. I also do not price match.

These are items to be used as a supply and therefore they cannot be returned once used. I spend a good deal of time writing out the description of each item, so there should not be any confusion as to what is being purchased. I am available for questions regarding usage, so please do not hesitate to ask.

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With that said, I am more than reasonable, if there is an problem with the order I am happy to resolve the issue to mutual satisfaction where applicable.

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Additional policies

Prices and availability of the pens are subject to change without notice. The price of the pens are based on age, demand and availability. I will not price match other shops.

Understand that these pens are no longer made. Their value is increasing and their availability is decreasing. These pens are vastly superior to modern day dip pens. Therefore, they have an inherent, intrinsic value. Modern day dip pens cost between .75 to 1.25 USD a pen. The pens in my shop are vintage or antique as well as being tempered steel and thus are going to be more valuable. Some have plating made of gold and or silver, increasing their value further. Some are extremely popular as well as being very difficult to find. Especially for the renowned "Dream Nibs." Many times, an investment of hundreds or thousands of dollars is required to get these pens. It is becoming more and more difficult to acquire even for the most common of pens, because the price point is beyond my comfort level.

With that said, if you find these pens elsewhere for cheaper, by all means buy those pens up! I will not price match. People seeking a discount will have to contact me privately for a custom order. An order of 10 or more pens will receive a 10% discount.

Again, if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help.:)