Esterbrook Icicle

early 1960s
About This Model

Esterbrook J fountain pens, from after WII through the 1950s, are perhaps the best value and most numerous vintage fountain pen available, with their solid construction, good looks, and interchangeable nibs. Esterbrooks Js, four sizes and six colors, with most colors available in most sizes until they’re sold, and a wide range of nibs to match! The photograph shows the range of colors and sizes: smallest is the “SJ”, petite in length (4 3/4″) and girth but comfortable in the hand; middle is the LJ, full 5″ length but slim like the SJ; and the standard J.

About This Pen

It seems that every time I sell an Esterbrook Icicle, another appears in its place. Are they watching for vacancies? One of the more special forms of the classic Esterbrook J family is the “Icicle” (the name was given to these pens in modern years; it was not Esterbrook’s.), a later LJ size pen with long dark streaks in its plastic body. These pens are not the heavy celluloid of the earlier pens, but they are very attractive and solidly made. They were made in the US and in Mexico; imprints can be along the barrel or at the top of the barrel. A handsome Esterbrook that can be used every day; and a little different! This pen is a red/pink (from a non-colorblind person), in pretty good condition; its cap threads are a bit rough but the cap holds. Its Mexico imprint is complete and easily read.

Be sure to visit the Esterbrook Nibs listing to pick your nib! The nib shown in the picture is for illustration only.

Price: $50