Replica Vintage Esterbrook Art & Drafting Set Assortment 301 from 1935 - 8 Nibs

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Made in Mesquite, Texas

Item details

Direct quote from the back of the original card sheet from 1935:

"The Esterbrook group of fine line pens is the production of pen manufacturing skill in an organization that has been making first quality pens for seventy-five years. Made in America by men who know pens, this series has been designed and engineered with a flexibility and fineness capable of executing the most delicate of pen and ink drawings or lettering. Some styles with their super flexibility are sensitive to the least pressure of an expert hand desiring a hair line or beautiful curves of sweep and flourish gradually increasing in size. Other style are a little stiffer, but deliver the same fineness of line. Among them, though, is a pen which combines the fine line action and flexibility suited for each particular purpose. In comparison with other fine points, Esterbrook’s, because of their microscopic exactness, are smooth, scratchless and ready for use at the first stroke. For a group of pens with a pen purposely made for every requirement of fine line drawing and lettering, Esterbrook’s are matchless. "

This is a replica of a 1935 Esterbrook Art & Drafting set card labeled Assortment 301. Nothing was copy and pasted. I chose the best suited font that matched the ones used. I recreated the Esterbrook logo by hand in vector. The card is glossy card stock and was printed with a hi-res laser printer. The pens are sewn by hand onto the paper with nylon thread.

The pens in the set are from 1944 – 1947. The set includes the following pens:

ESTERBROOK #62 Lithographic (Crow Quill)*
ESTERBROOK #354 Art & Drafting
ESTERBROOK #355 Art & Drafting
ESTERBROOK #356 Art & Drafting (A popular cartooning pen!)
ESTERBROOK #357 Art & Drafting (A highly sought after copperplate and Spencerian script pen!)
ESTERBROOK #358 Art & Drafting
ESTERBROOK #787 Oval Point
ESTERBROOK #331 Scratch Knife**

*Note: The #62 Lithographic requires a special holder. Typically, you will need an Esterbrook brand crow quill holder as the diameter of the tube is proprietary to Esterbrook. This Etsy shop does carry the necessary holder. It’s the Esterbrook #32 Crow Quill holder. They come with one of two different pens:

All other pens in this set are compatible with standard, modern holders and the vast majority of standard vintage/antique holders.

**Note: The #331 Scratch Knife is NOT a pen. It will not write. I do not recommend dipping it in ink and applying it to paper. This pen is most famous for being used in scratch board art media.

These pens are new old stock and maintain their original factory finish. There are no signs of rust or oxidation or patina. These pens are coated with a varnish 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. An instruction sheet comes complimentary with each purchase.

If you have any questions about this pen, or other pens or even usage and material questions, feel free to contact me at any time before or after your purchase or visit my website at:

Average review
Apr 3, 2017 by ortizjrj
Have only used 354 at moment its a superb fine nib delightfull to use. ' Just brilliant '...
May 1, 2016 by johnnie arnold

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