Harking back to my school days in the mists of antiquity I present one of my old time favourites, a pen made from mango wood. I have had this one since 1975.
It is a handmade pen with the wood grain brought out by polishing, 5 inches long capped and 53/4 inches posted, 0.4 inches in diameter. It weighs in at 20 grams with the sac full.
The cap has a single brass band which shows its age, the clip is firm and shiny and somewhat reminiscent of a Parker clip, it has no name. The clip is secured by a black plastic screw (jewel). The barrel has a beautiful wood grain and is round at the end. The black section screws into the barrel and has a flare at the end. The cap and barrel threads are strong even after being worked countless times.
The pen is a sac filler, and curiously has no lever or any other mechanism to fill the medium size sac. I used to roll the sac up, dip the pen and let the sac unroll, filling as it went! It was a not very convenient but effective method.
The nib is a size 4 steel medium and has "Wilson" inscribed on it, though I am pretty sure Wilson pens never made any wooden pens. So the nib has been fitted to the pen after turning in my home city Lucknow. It writes a wet line on the medium side of fine. There is no flex but it is smooth with a hint of feedback. The feed is black ebonite, shallowly finned.
The pen is meant to be used posted, and has a remarkable balance and writing comfort to this day. The quality of the nib can be gauged by the fact that it has transmitted inks form Parker, Chelpark (India's answer to Parker), Camlin, Waterman and Montblanc over the years. I still use the pen in rotation and it quickly transports me back to school. Enjoy the pictures.
Edited by MYU, 31 August 2009 - 03:52.