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      Accutron by Esterbrook

      Accutron by Esterbrook

      A collaboration of two iconic American brands

      The crackle of transatlantic broadcasts joins the two sides of the world. 
      The lyrical poetry of Bob Dylan and the raw rasp of Janis Joplin fills the airwaves.
      A British invasion is on the horizon, bringing with it the moves of Mick and the mop tops of the Beatles.

      The eight-track tape clicks and squeaks, while the world’s first computer whirs. 

      John F. Kennedy calls for our nation to literally reach for the stars, promising to land a man on the moon and bring him safely back to earth.

      Listen closely and you can also hear the faint, hypnotic, hum of the Bulova Accutron. This is the sound of near silence.

      This is the soundtrack of the 1960’s.

      photo by Ed Jelley

      Accutron and Esterbrook.The DNA is the same. Two founders from across the Atlantic, settled in the North East. Guided by ingenuity and the spirit of innovation, they both pursued excellence. Their brands represented what was beloved about the past and the great possibilities of the future.

      One manufactured watches, the other pens.

      They both made history.

      The Accutron, Bulova’s revolutionary timepiece, made its debut in 1960. 

      It was launched during the Space Race, revered for its inventiveness, the heart of which was the tuning fork, powered by a one-transistor electronic oscillator circuit, making it one of the first electronic watches manufactured. In 1961, President Kennedy, with a stroke of his Esterbrook, wrote the historic speech then presented before a joint session of Congress that set the United States on a course to the moon.


      Both companies are set to memorialize this time in their history.

      In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the two occasions, Accutron returns with one of their most iconic design and celebrates and Esterbrook .

      Using elements of the Accutron, the Esterbrook [insert name of pen here] represents what is most distinct about the watch. It speaks to the past, present and future of watchmaking and pen making, alike. It evokes the harmony of the Accutron, paying homage to the original, while introducing the new. It harkens to what made Richard Esterbrook’s pens revolutionary in their time and what made Joseph Bulova’s Accutron highly collectible upon its debut.

      JFK sketch created by Andrew Lensky  

      These two companies are now joined together more than a century after their founding, to commemorate the two men who originated them and brought to the world modern instruments of the analog, paving the way for the digital.

      Image by The Gentleman Stationer 




      Tips for choosing your Estie!

      Tips for choosing your Estie!
      Welcome to the wonderful world of Estie fountain pens. With so many variations to choose from, this guide may help you to narrow down what pen combinations would be best for your personal expression. The options are endless, so let's get started!

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      We all love fun little elements that bring a touch of joy to our personal accessories. Look around and you’ll see people adding shiny metal clips, buttons and pins to their satchels, as they are familiar sites in our inked fountain pen world.  Another fun way to let people know that you’re part of the writing community is through stickers. We all love stickers! Especially the ones that add some color and cool connections with the brands we love. Well, you may be interested to know that our Esterbrook team and creative friends of the brand have developed some fun vintage inspired stickers. The designs are creative, colorful and perfect for your laptop, notebook or favorite park bench. The stickers are available the entire month of February through participating retailers – ask us!

      Notes on the sticker designs:

      The retro icons were originally created by Akanksha Adivarekar, as she helped us launch the “Vintage Soul” campaign when we relaunched the brand in 2018. It was Akay’s inspiration for each design which includes a locomotive, retro telephone, vintage car and more. The idea for the Vintage Soul campaign was developed in an effort to link the feeling of the Esterbrook brand and its long history. A connection to our past, so to speak.

      These retro icons seem to make people feel good and with some illustration refinement from Ana Reinhart at ” The Well Appointed Desk,” voila! We added some color and printed the stickers. We will offer the stickers for the month of February and then they too become a part of Esterbrook history.

      How you can acquire the stickers:

      1. Purchase an Estie from one of many Esterbrook authorized dealers and receive the complete pack of five stickers
      2. Purchase a Phaeton and receive one sticker which will be chosen at random


      For more information about Esterbrook and suggestions for where to buy, please contact us at info@esterbrookpens.com or call 516-741-0011



      The Arkansas Pen Show 2019 is happening on March 15th – 17th at the Crowne Plaza Little Rock. Come see the full line up of Montegrappa, Aurora & Esterbrook. This will be a great show for hunting down those vintage Esterbrook nibs!

      See the full show details HERE



      Esterbrook – The Civil Rights Act

      “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” – Martin Luther

      A pen, a simple pen, can be the most powerful tool known to humanity. A pen can be used to decide the fate of many. It can influence the history of entire nations. It is a device that can be used to enslave and destroy. Most importantly, it can also be used to set people free and to create wonderful works. This is the story of when a pen was used for freedom; a pen used to change the world. All that was required to change the course of history for the betterment of all men was for one man to pick up an Esterbrook pen… and write his name.

      The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is one of the single greatest achievements of its time. That single act of legislation changed the face of the United States of America forever. However, the history of how the Act came to be is as fantastic as the effects of the Act itself.

      The end of the Civil War meant all slaves were free and all men now had the right to vote. While this was a major step forward the southern states still used tactics that allowed racial violence and segregation to flourish. Decades passed without any expansion upon what was started after the Civil War. Finally, as protests sprung up in the South during 1963, John F. Kennedy decided to act. The Civil Rights Act was proposed.

      “I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F. Kennedy

      Unfortunately, it is never an easy task for good men to do the right and just thing. John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November of that same year. The entire country was shaken and the Civil Rights Act was in danger of being defeated with inequality continuing its reign. The power of a pen remained strong in spite of the political and racial divides of this time. Information and inspiration flowed through many pens to create powerful speeches, poetry, and written articles that highlighted the hardship, inequality, and hope of African-American people in America.

      With John F. Kennedy’s passing the country was lost and needed a strong leader. The burden was now upon Lyndon B. Johnson to champion the Civil Rights cause that had been left behind. Just five days after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Johnson went before Congress and spoke to the nation.

      “We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. We have talked for one hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter, and to write it in the books of law.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

      The time for talking was finally over and the time for writing had just begun. It was not an easy process and Johnson, with the fate of the Civil Rights Act riding upon his shoulders, faced extreme opposition. Johnson would have to rally all of his allies and enlist potential new ones to pass the bill in the House of Representatives before it could be moved on to the U.S. Senate. Each step of the process required signing. These signatures are a testament to the power of a pen used for good. In the U.S. Senate, the bill faced the strongest resistance. It was filibustered by Johnson’s opposition for 75 days with one Senator speaking for over 14 hours. Johnson and his allies persevered throughout it all.

      In the end, Johnson and the Civil Rights movement had achieved their victory. On July 2, 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law with over 70 custom Esterbrook presidential fountain pens. Johnson had accomplished what he set out to do. He helped to write the next chapter and wrote it into the books of American law. These pens had signed documents that changed the world. The pens were then handed out afterwards as mementos to the various people that had assisted in the fight to pass this important historical legislature. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was among the first to receive a pen along with Senator Hubert Humphrey who had been a key ally in the political fight. Six pens were given to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to pass down to top members of the Justice Department that worked to pass the Act. Each of these pens became a unique and powerful symbol of the change that occurred that afternoon. It is a change that still resonates with American life to this day.

      “This Civil Rights Act is a challenge to all of us to go to work in our communities and our states, in our homes and in our hearts, to eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country. So tonight I urge every public official, every religious leader, every business and professional man, every working man, every housewife — I urge every American — to join in this effort to bring justice and hope to all our people, and to bring peace to our land.

      My fellow citizens, we have come now to a time of testing. We must not fail. Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences and make our nation whole. Let us hasten that day when our unmeasured strength and our unbounded spirit will be free to do the great works ordained for this nation by the just and wise God who is the father of us all.” – Lyndon B. Johnson



      A day in the History of Esterbrook – 1961, The Race to the Moon started with an Esterbrook Pen

      In 1961, President John F. Kennedy began a dramatic expansion of the U.S. space program and committed the nation to the ambitious goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade.  

      In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the satellite Sputnik, and the space race was on. The Soviets’ triumph jarred the American people and sparked a vigorous response in the federal government to make sure the United States did not fall behind its Communist rival President Kennedy understood the need to restore America’s confidence and intended not merely to match the Soviets, but surpass them. On May 25, 1961, he stood before Congress to deliver a special message on “urgent national needs.” He asked for an additional $7 billion to $9 billion over the next five years for the space program, proclaiming that “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” President Kennedy settled upon this dramatic goal as a means of focusing and mobilizing the nation’s lagging space efforts. Using an Esterbrook pen , President Kennedy signed a bill on July, 21st 1961  which increased  the budget of NASA  in order to fulfill the goal of landing a man on the moon.

      On February 20, 1962, John Glenn Jr. became the first American to orbit Earth. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Friendship 7 capsule carrying Glenn reached a maximum altitude of 162 miles and an orbital velocity of 17,500 miles per hour. After more than four hours in space, having circled the earth three times, Glenn piloted the Friendship 7 back into the atmosphere and landed in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda.

      Glenn’s success helped to inspire NASA and the Nation to continue President Kennedys mission to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

      To the Moon.

      As space exploration continued through the 1960s, the United States was on its way to the Moon. Project Gemini was the second NASA spaceflight program. Its goals were to perfect the entry and re-entry maneuvers of a spacecraft and conduct further tests on how individuals are affected by long periods of space travel. The Apollo Program followed Project Gemini. Its goal was to land humans on the moon and assure their safe return to Earth. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts—Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr.—realized President Kennedy’s dream that begin with an Esterbrook pen and his signing of the bill that increased the size and budget of NASA with the goal of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely back to earth.