It was working fine when I bought it at the NY pen show this year, but while filling it I heard a loud snap from within the barrel. The section came off easily, and I found that the J-bar had snapped. So much for the pen having been “restored”. :p
Slid a new J bar in, coated the sac with talc, slid the section back on and it’s working again.
The end jewel is chipped. From what I’ve gathered online, it’s a pain to replace. Considering how common these pens are, it’s easier to simply replace the barrel. I’ve discovered I no longer like this pen very much though, so I’m just going to let it be.
One nice thing about this pen is that it still has its original, pliant Esterbrook sac: