Custom Nib Program


In 1858, when Richard Esterbrook was still in the business of making dip pens and co-owner of the United States Steel Pen Manufacturing Company, he was making nibs by hand using special tool and machines, which he often had to invent. Nibs were a central feature of his business. His were revered for being versatile, long-lasting and available in many different models to fit the many styles of writing found in the general public. 

As the company moved away from dip pens to fountain pens, the newly minted Esterbrook Pen Company, solely owned by Richard Esterbrook, maintained that the grinding of nibs should remain artful in nature and the company created an interchangeable nib system that offered variety and flexibility to its growing clientele.

As we continue to tell the Esterbrook story, we wanted to continue Esterbrook’s tradition of focusing on specialized nibs. 

The Esterbrook Custom Nib Program is our way to highlight exceptional American nibmeisters and we’ve asked some of the most prominent and exceptional nibmeisters in our community to create nibs to be a part of Esterbrook’s storied legacy.

Gena Salorino of the Custom Nib Studio in Los Angeles has created the first edition.

An apprentice to nibmeister John Mottishaw of for nearly four years, Gena’s nib work is derived from his style, but as she’s established Custom Nib Studio, her signature nibs have become well-known in the marketplace for her own trademark style and beautiful handmade quality.

In her own words, the custom nib Gena is grinding for Esterbrook is a “medium stub grind, based on the vintage Esterbrook 9314M nib. The idea is that it’s smooth and friendly enough for everyday use, gives your writing some flair, all without being too huge for practical writing”. 

Available for the Standard and Oversized Estie’s as well as the new Camden, Gena’s custom nib has an MSRP of $50. This nib will replace your standard nib. Meaning, your pen will come with just this nib and not as a second nib unit.

She has named it “The Journaler” and we can’t wait for your clients to have this option as a daily writing nib for their Estie. We look forward to sharing Gena’s custom nib with you and to introducing you to new editions and new artists in the near future.

This project allows users to get a custom nib grind on your pen before you receive it.

Separate Esterbrook nib units retail for $25 and come in EF, F, M & B.

To learn how you can have a custom nib, inquire here:

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