Esterbrook 048 br v1
|Esterbrook 048 br v1|
|Descr.||Falcon Pen, bronze, v1|
|Mark 1 lateral L||048|
|Mark 2||R.ESTERBROOK & Co|
|Mark 3||FALCON PEN|
Described in contemporary advertising (1938 Esterbrook Catalog) as: "The #048 Falcon has a medium point with a medium flex. There is enough flex to give character to writing or drawing. Flexible, medium. For general business purposes. Most popular pen in the world. 048 Bronze finish. 048-A Gray finish.
The Esterbrook Project says that Esterbrook considered this to be their flagship pen. The leading "zero" is always included in the name of this pen. The Project describes this nib as a robust, sharp-pointed pen. With convolutions in the waist area to increase the body diameter to greater than the heel diameter. Medium point and medium flex. Narrow oval vent hole with blunted ends. Examples in bronze, gold-plated, silver, gray finish, amalgam, copper plated, and tar coated.
Esterbrook Pens and What They Will Do shows two descriptions for the 048: "The most popular and largely used business pen in the world. A universal favorite." Also, "Bronze, gray, gold-plated, nickel-plated. Turned up point. The most popular pen in use for general business purposes."
There are six distinct versions of the Esterbrook #048 Falcon Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection:
- Bronze Version 1: bronze finish
- Bronze Version 2: bronze finish, plus a third line, "MADE IN U.S.A."
- Bronze Version 3: bronze finish, however ESTERBROOK is moved from Mark 2 to Mark 4
- Silver: silver-plated finish
- Gold: gold-plated finish
- Gray: 048-A has a gray finish
(These version names are defined for this collection alone, and are not necessarily industry-wide terms.)
The nib pictured below is Bronze Version 1.
Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 2200 x 640. The image with the ruler is 2300 x 1196.