WhiteAppleMultimedia

White Apple Multimedia's Vintage Nibs and More!

Mesquite, Texas · 744 Sales

WhiteAppleMultimedia

White Apple Multimedia's Vintage Nibs and More!

Mesquite, Texas 744 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(220)

Announcement   ATTENTION!!!! Many of these nibs are getting harder and harder to come by. Remember that production on these dip pens ceased in the 1950s. Whatever is out there is all that is left. Each year hundreds of thousands of these pens are either consumed or collected. This consumption has exponentially increased since the mid 80's. Don't miss out on your chance to own some!

I now have a blog were I discuss dip pens and reveal secrets about some popular pens. You can subscribe to it here: vintagenibs.blogspot.com

Announcement

ATTENTION!!!! Many of these nibs are getting harder and harder to come by. Remember that production on these dip pens ceased in the 1950s. Whatever is out there is all that is left. Each year hundreds of thousands of these pens are either consumed or collected. This consumption has exponentially increased since the mid 80's. Don't miss out on your chance to own some!

I now have a blog were I discuss dip pens and reveal secrets about some popular pens. You can subscribe to it here: vintagenibs.blogspot.com

Brandon McKinney

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Brandon McKinney

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(220)
Mariel Coronado

Mariel Coronado on May 30, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is practically one of the best pens that I received out of all of the other pens that I ordered, it's an absolute joy to write with despite the fact that it's not an oval pointed pen; the pen flexes fairly easily even though it is considered a very firm pen, making it a very good pen to use in more artistic formats, which it a blessing because I like to ink my sketches and more professional pieces with dip pens just as much as with standard technical pens. I will be using this mostly for writing letters to my friends and family along with my D.Leonardt #503EF Ball-pointed pen, it glides across the page just like a fine liner drawing pen. :D

Mariel Coronado

Mariel Coronado on May 30, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This pen is the one of the smoothest pens to write with in my lot because of the high quality steel that was used to make this, it writes a lot like my Esterbrook #940 except without the flex, a very durable and sturdy pen that I can rely on. :)

Mariel Coronado

Mariel Coronado on May 30, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

A strong, firm pen that is perfect for sketching as well as practicing cursive writing with- love this pen!

Mariel Coronado

Mariel Coronado on May 30, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

A very lovely pen to write with, definitely a high quality pen from the golden era of writing and penmanship, I especially adore the fact that it has side cuts like a traditional art pen and that it can hold a high amount of ink like my other bowl shaped pens. I must say it's not as smooth a writer as the D.Leonardt #503EF Ball-pointed pen that came as a bonus in my package, however it is a wonderful pen to outline my sketches due to the fact that it is SO buttery smooth whenever I flex the pen. Love it!

Mariel Coronado

Mariel Coronado on May 30, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I really like my Majestic pen! It's a bit firmer than I had expected, probably because the pen has a bit more metal to it than my other ones, yet still produces an incredible amount of flex just like how Brandon mentioned. I am more likely to use this pen for lettering the concept art for my comics rather than outline my artwork, but since that I have just started using this pen I will keep experimenting with it to see what it can do. :)

Daniel Wilkens

Daniel Wilkens on May 29, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Shipped fast. The nib arrived in neat, individualized packaging in great condition, and I had it in a holder and writing in no time.

Lance

Lance on May 29, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent service, excellent quality, happy customer.

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Updates

Upcoming product. A replica of a vintage Esterbrook card sheet from the 20s, featuring the top 12 Radio Pens!
Here is another upcoming pen set. This will be a MONSTER pen set! With pens from all over the world! As you can see it isn't quite finished, but it's coming; straight off my work bench! :)
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About

Nib Guru

First and foremost I am an illustrator. I have been trained and have vast experience with traditional methods of rendering. After inheriting vintage art supplies from my grandmother (May she rest in peace) I quickly discovered that the older supplies worked far better than the newer supplies. I went to a large outdoor flea market looking for vintage art supplies. I found a shop that had some curious red boxes that contained "dip pens" labeled Esterbrook. I took them home and tried them and found them to be the most marvelous pen tool I have ever used! I wanted to learn more about them. I checked the internet and there was nothing; absolutely NOTHING!!! I contacted the Smithsonian and they also had nothing. I made it my personal mission to discover everything about these pens and about the company Esterbrook. That was 12 years ago. Since that time I have collected almost 65% of the known dip pens Esterbrook ever made. My research has taken me through every dip pen patent and trademark they ever made including rare documentation that was unearthed almost a decade ago. My website www.whiteapplemultimedia.com/vintagenibs.html has been cited as a major source of information regarding Esterbrook dip pens. I am also writing the definitive work on Esterbrook dip pens, soon to be released. I have been published in the Pen World magazine regarding dips pens. Therefore, I consider myself an expert on Esterbrook and dip pens. I am very generous with my knowledge and am ready to answer any and all questions before, during and after each sale.

When you buy from my shop, you don't just get the merchandise you ordered, you get rewarded for your patronage. You also get access to an experienced expert in both usage, history and maintenance.

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  • Brandon McKinney

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    I an expert on vintage and antique dip pens from the Esterbrook line of pens. I have been researching and collecting these pens for over a decade. I am confident that I can answer any and all usage and historical questions that you may have.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 31, 2017
Hi there! Curious about Vintage Nibs? Wonder what makes them so special and unique? I have been researching these pens for nearly a decade and have a well-full of information. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions. You can also learn more at my blog: vintagenibs.blogspot.com.

Love art? Are you intrigued by strange, fantastical, alluring, creatures? This is the place to be! I am an artist/illustrator with over 20 years experience. I am well versed in practically every traditional media known to human existence since 1700 AD. I do commissions, but have not yet explored how this is done on Etsy, so be patient :). If you DO have any preferences about the type, style or subject matter of art you'd like to see for sale; let me know and perhaps that idea will come to fruition.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
The items in my shop are sold "AS IS." I am selling vintage and antique items that are not replaceable; especially if they are used. I also do not price match.

These are items to be used as a supply and therefore they cannot be returned once used. I spend a good deal of time writing out the description of each item, so there should not be any confusion as to what is being purchased. I am available for questions regarding usage, so please do not hesitate to ask.

In regards to refunds, there would need to be a serious error on my part or a circumstance beyond normal control to warrant a full refund from me directly. Please contact me through Etsy to discuss any issues with the order. If you need to, please exercise your right to file a claim with Etsy.

In regards to lost packages, Etsy offers both buyer and seller protection. I will work through Etsy's official channels where these matters are concerned. I will do everything in my power to contact the postal service and fight to get the package back or to its intended destination. PLEASE NOTE that these procedures take time. Postal offices have to commit to an investigation as does Etsy. The sooner you report a lost package the quicker it will be to track it down. I also purchase insurance on every order.

I keep pristine records of all transactions, including receipts for shipment. I keep them on file for seven years. If proof of shipment is required by any party, it can be given easily.

With that said, I am more than reasonable, if there is an problem with the order I am happy to resolve the issue to mutual satisfaction where applicable.

In regards to EU customers, the online selling laws have changed. A customer is required to fill out a refund form and mail it before a refund can be processed. Please check your country's website or Etsy to locate such a form.
Payment
Payment seems to be straight forward. :) I accept credit cards and paypal. I prefer either.
Shipping
URGENT NOTICE FOR INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: I process all my shipping and declaration forms within Etsy. Etsy will automatically add the item's description, value, and amount paid in shipping to the declaration form. This information cannot be altered. Please consider your country's tariffs and import costs when making a purchase.

NOTICE: As of January 16th 2016, USPS has increased their shipping rates. Sadly, that means I have to increase my shipping rates. :(

I ship via USPS within 1 - 3 business days (depending on if Sunday is in the mix). I do not try to make money with shipping. I put an average cost and quite often the actual amount is more than what I quoted. Don't sweat it, I will not be asking for more money :). If an upgrade in shipping is available for less than a dollar more, I will upgrade at no extra charge. That's just how I roll! Also, if I fail to ship within 3 days (Sundays excluded) I will upgrade the shipping to Priority. If I am unable to ship within three business days, I typically upgrade to Priority. I cannot do this for international orders, I apologize.

I do ship internationally to anywhere USPS ships! However, it can take a bit of time to get the package, so please be patient! :) There is no method of determining how long a package will take to arrive at a foreign country. Typically, I have seen the package leave the USA within 3 - 5 business days. It will likely take a day to fly to any destination. It must then go through foreign customs. Then it will be sent to that country's delivery system. In my experience it can take as little as 8 - 10 days and as long as a month. Etsy does seem to have a way to track these packages when they are in other countries, so if you are concerned about where the package is, let me know and I can check the tracking.

PLEASE do not wait a month to notify me that you have not received your package (unless this is an international order). I will attempt to track down all packages before I consider them a loss.
Additional policies and FAQs
Prices and availability of the pens are subject to change without notice. The price of the pens are based on age, demand and availability. I will not price match other shops.

Understand that these pens are no longer made. Their value is increasing and their availability is decreasing. These pens are vastly superior to modern day dip pens. Therefore, they have an inherent, intrinsic value. Modern day dip pens cost between .75 to 1.25 USD a pen. The pens in my shop are vintage or antique as well as being tempered steel and thus are going to be more valuable. Some have plating made of gold and or silver, increasing their value further. Some are extremely popular as well as being very difficult to find. Especially for the renowned "Dream Nibs." Many times, an investment of hundreds or thousands of dollars is required to get these pens. It is becoming more and more difficult to acquire even for the most common of pens, because the price point is beyond my comfort level.

With that said, if you find these pens elsewhere for cheaper, by all means buy those pens up! I will not price match. People seeking a discount will have to contact me privately for a custom order. An order of 10 or more pens will receive a 10% discount.

Again, if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help.:)