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"SWAN" WARWICK ED pen


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#1 hari317

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 09:53

Here are some pictures of my recently acquired Swan Warwick. These pens were Made In India sometime in the mid 60s-70s and use the ED filling system.

The pens in Red, Green and Beige:


Cap detail; the cap's plastic top with the Swan emblem looks really nice IMHO.


Swan logo closeup, and clip marking:


The cap imprint:


The Barrel imprint: "SWAN" WARWICK, MADE IN INDIA


The Nib and the section threads:


Nib Closeup, showing the Swan logo, the "D" shaped breather hole, What does the K after 3 mean?


Nib underside:


The section has a nipple, so the pen could be made a squeeze type filler also?


Hope you liked the pens. More information on the Warwick and other Indian SWAN models is welcome.

Cheers,
Hari

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#2 fatehbajwa

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:23

Wow Hari, where do you come up with these beautiful ED's ?
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#3 Abhik

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:39

Hari, nice find and nice photos too!

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 08:57

Hello,

It is interesting that Swan survided this long in India and that they kept the very meticulous stamping of all parts on the pen with the name Swan.

I wonder what the nibs are like. I somehow fancy that if there is a country where there still is potential for making as wonderful flexible nibs that would be as good as those from the first third of the 20th century were than the country is India. I know Japanese are still producing flexible nibs but they feel different to the vintage ones...

Anyway, thanks for sharing, Zed

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 11:31

QUOTE(Zed @ Jul 3 2008, 02:27 PM) View Post
I wonder what the nibs are like.


I have inked up the red one in the picture, the nib is a bit soft, smooth and is a wet writer. No flex at all.

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I somehow fancy that if there is a country where there still is potential for making as wonderful flexible nibs that would be as good as those from the first third of the 20th century were than the country is India.


The people here prefer strong nibs, hence many a times to my utter surprise I have found the flex nibs removed from the vintage pen and replaced with very firm nibs. It will be very nice if the handmade nib makers here start offering some real flex nibs like that of vintage swan...

Any idea what the K on the Swan nib represents?

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#6 Zed

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 23:58

Hari,

that is an interesting piece of info about Indians liking firm nibs, but shattering to my fancies...

I might be wrong on this point but K on nibs normally stands for "Kugel" - the German world for "ball" - that is a tipping that is intended to appeal to lefties or those who liked their pens to produce the same line in any direction and angle so that they do not have to worry about finding sweet spots. You can often find vintage Pelikans, Osmias or Mountblanks with K nibs; perhaps Swan decided to adopt this description of this particular type on tipping too - B being already taken...

I hope this helps.
Enjoy the pens! Zed

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:26

Hari, do you know of any place who might have swan nibs still available? I have an old swan "safety pen"  with an ordinary nib installed which is my everyday pen. I thought it would be better complete with the nib swapped to an original Swan one.



#8 hari317

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 16:46

Hari, do you know of any place who might have swan nibs still available? I have an old swan "safety pen"  with an ordinary nib installed which is my everyday pen. I thought it would be better complete with the nib swapped to an original Swan one.

Check with Pratap of Gem and Co. in Madras.


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