Almost exactly a year ago I reviewed the Esterbrook JR, a plucky little pen that impressed me much more than I expected it would. On paper the JR is nothing much: a small plastic pen with a converter and a generic steel nib, that sells for about £40 more than rivals like the piston-equipped Pelikan … Continue reading Esterbrook JR Paradise with Scribe architect nib: the feelgood hit of the summer?
The Esterbrook Pen Nook v2, or “Nook Navy”, is undoubtedly a better pen case than the first version, which I reviewed a little over a year ago. But while making a load of changes, Esterbrook has introduced a couple of new problems that you should be aware of. Kenro sent me the six-pen version of … Continue reading Esterbrook Pen Nook v2: new solutions, new problems
Heritage? Handle with care... When the Estie was launched a couple of years ago as 'America's original, reborn', there was really nothing about it that evoked the ‘original’ Esterbrook pens. Although the Esterbrook name was displayed proudly, the emphasis was very much on the 'reborn' part of the slogan. From the first time I handled … Continue reading The Esterbrook J reborn — and remixed. Meet the Esterbrook JR Pocket Pen.
You may remember I reviewed the Esterbrook Estie way back in October last year. It was a strong entry to the pen market from the reborn Esterbrook brand, and I was impressed not only by its clean and comfortable design, but practical features like the sealed cap and vintage nib adaptor. The pen I reviewed … Continue reading The prettiest Estie yet?
I was really excited about the Pen Nooks when Esterbrook parent company Kenro shared images of them with me a while ago. It's always good to see a new entry to any market, and I hoped these products would be a fresh competitor to cases from the likes of Nock, Hurlestone and Franklin-Christoph. And phwoar, … Continue reading Esterbrook Pen Nooks: bringing some pizzazz to pen storage
The Esterbrook Estie was one of my surprise hits of 2018. Now, the reborn, Kenro-owned Esterbrook is back with the Phaeton 300R, a $68, slim, metal-capped pen with a hooded nib. Mine arrived (sent to me for free) in a stately navy blue colour, with a brushed steel cap and gold trim. There's a disc … Continue reading Esterbrook’s Phaeton misses the mark