Esterbrook 128 v2

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Esterbrook 128 v2
Manufacturer Esterbrook
Nib No. 128
Descr. Elastic Pen, Version 2
Tip EF
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 lateral L 128
Mark 5 MADE IN U.S.A.
Esterbrook 128 Version 2 - top view, with ruler

Esterbrook Pens and What They Will Do describes this as "a fine elastic pen, a little heavier than A1 Professional. A popular pen for business colleges and fine writing."

The 1883 Esterbrook Catalog says, "#128 The Extra Fine Double Elastic Pen – Gray – The penman’s favorite. In use in the best colleges in America." Finishes include Gray and Gold. Use of the "Double Elastic" descriptor was dropped after this catalog came out. The 1938 Esterbrook Catalog says, "Extra Fine Elastic - Flexible, fine. The penman's favorite. Gray finish."

The Esterbrook Project describes this nib as having a straight body with fine, sharp point. Oval vent hole with blunt ends. "J" shoulder slits. Gray finish.

Brandon McKinney's analysis of the markings and grindings date this version of the #128 Elastic Pen as post-1946.


There are two distinct versions of the Esterbrook #128 Elastic Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection:

  • Version 1: gray finish, Company abbreviated as "CO'S"
  • Version 2: gray finish, Company abbreviated as "CO.", plus an added line, "MADE IN U.S.A."

(These version names are defined for this collection alone, and are not necessarily industry-wide terms.)

The nib pictured below is Version 2.


Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 1650 x 480. The image with the ruler is 2300 x 1196.

Esterbrook 128 Version 2 - top view
Esterbrook 128 Version 2 - side view, upper
Esterbrook 128 Version 2 - side view, lower

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