(Sold) This is a late 1940s Esterbrook SJ in Dubonnet Red celluloid, with a stainless steel 1555 Gregg Shorthand nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish (by hand). The pen measures 4.8" capped and 0.43" in diameter. The nib writes an XF line of about 0.3 mm (on my paper).
The Esterbrook fountain pen system was so versatile that it literally offered "the right point for the way you write", as the company claimed in its advertisements. One of the more interesting nibs offered was the Gregg Shorthand nib. It's a rare nib, dating back to the era when the ability to write shorthand was in high demand. The nib was designed for fast writing. It is, therefore, very smooth, capable of writing rapid strokes in all directions, and laying down a perfect monoline in all directions, as required by Gregg. Today, the nib is perfect for anyone writing or learning to write a business cursive, the Palmer Method, American Cursive Handwriting, or any other style based on monoline letter forms. Why buy another TWSBI if you can have this vintage beauty, restored and beautiful?
The pen is in excellent condition, with a truly stunning red celluloid that is rich and vibrant. Today, a celluloid pen would cost hundreds of dollars, but you can order this Esterbrook a lot less. Frankly, a restored, tuned, and adjusted Esterbrook is probably the best deal for a fountain pen enthusiasts. If you've never owned a vintage pen but have been curious about them, this is your chance to try one out. You will not be disappointed!