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#1 Ellen

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 09:33

After having sold many of my fountain pens and thus have a budget for a more expensive daily writer, I went on a search.
I'm a big fan of Pelikan pens, but I already have few (120, M150, M400 white tortoise and an M450) and I really wanted something else.

One of my pen pals interested me for a Conway Stewart Wellington. So I went to Tilburg (La Couronne du Comte) to try one out. When looking at the Conway Stewart pens I got attracted to this modern looking pen: the limited edition Nelson Heritage. A real beauty; modern, but also classy in my opinion! The engraving is based on the CS logo. It looks real nice. Very special is the color of the pen; it's a teal that has never been used by CS on a pen before!

I tried several CS pens and I equally liked the Wellington and Nelson when writing. They're both heavy pens. As I liked the looks of the Nelson over the Wellington, I decided to take the Nelson home with me. I have to admit that I don't know much about the background of the Heritage series nor the Nelson.

So here are a few pics of it:
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As can be seen in the following pics, it's a large pen (143 mm closed). It's also heavy (42 gr). I think it's a well balanced pen, but I write with it unposted (because I never post my pens). I think that it may be too heavy (for me at least) to write with it posted.

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The pen uses a cartridge/converter system, with a screw-in converter applied. I have to admit that I prefer piston fillers, but this is a nice substitute. The advantage of the converter is that it contains less ink so that I can change ink more often :).

I chose a medium nib for this pen. It lays down a true european medium line. Almost identical as the MB medium and the Visconti I had. It's pretty wet, but not too much; I know that this is also due to the ink, so I'll try a Diamine in it next (now it's Noodler's Gruene Cactus). I didn't flush it (only a bit with water) before I put ink in it. It now tends to skip the first vertical line I write on any paper, so I'll flush it more thoroughly when putting the next ink in it. I guess that will solve the problem.

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Here's a writing sample:
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The price of this pen is € 399,-. For me that's a lot of money for a pen, but I think it's well worth it. The pen is solid, large and heavy and gorgeous! And as only 50 of these pens are made (I have no. 16), it's really unique too.

So my conclusion is that this is a great pen; I'm very happy with it. I'm pretty sure that flushing the pen and try it with another ink will solve the problem with the skipping of the nib, so then the only minor will be solved. Every time I open my pen case is a party now: looking at (and of course writing with) this CS, the M400 and M450 makes me a very happy girl :cloud9:
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Posted 04 September 2010 - 10:04

That's a beauty. Hopefully the skipping issue has been solved, as it is very irritating, I reckon.

#3 Defacto

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 12:45

It's a real beauty! I'm :puddle: :puddle: :puddle: here!

Enjoy and I would love to see a writing sample of it in your next letter. :eureka: :ltcapd:
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#4 Ellen

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 12:57

It's a real beauty! I'm :puddle: :puddle: :puddle: here!

Enjoy and I would love to see a writing sample of it in your next letter. :eureka: :ltcapd:


If you're lucky it arrives at you today. If not you'll have to be patient till monday :)
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Posted 04 September 2010 - 16:14

Thanks for posting the review, Ellen. I bought one of these pens for my wife, and agree that it is very nice. I like the combination of the teal body and sterling silver trim.

Our pen has a fine nib and no skipping issues, so hopefully a good flush will solve your problem.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 23:30

Ah, another happy customer of Dennis vd Graaf...

The Nelson is a very nice pen. I would advise you to try one of the Conway Stewart factory italics if you decide to go for another CS in the future.

The skipping issue might be because of the converter. I have experienced the same. I would advise you to try Watermans ink, in the long international cartridge. Chances are it won't skip anymore.

And ehhh, you DID flush pen and converter very thoroughly, did you? If necessary with a dash of liquid soap? (and rinse well afterwards...

Enjoy your pen

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#7 Ellen

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 17:27

Well, I used the pen for quite some weeks now. It run out of the Gruene Cactus, so I flushed it very thoroughly now and used some dishwasher soap. I decided to put in a very good behaving ink, to make sure that the skipping isn't caused by the ink. I chose Aurora blue. And skipping is nearly gone! The nib seems to still dislike some paper, but in most cases flows very well now :)

Another great thing is that I now rediscovered Aurora blue. I forgot how nice this ink is!
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 19:51

Well, I used the pen for quite some weeks now. It run out of the Gruene Cactus, so I flushed it very thoroughly now and used some dishwasher soap. I decided to put in a very good behaving ink, to make sure that the skipping isn't caused by the ink. I chose Aurora blue. And skipping is nearly gone! The nib seems to still dislike some paper, but in most cases flows very well now :)

Another great thing is that I now rediscovered Aurora blue. I forgot how nice this ink is!


I agree that Aurora Blue is good stuff.

If it still skips at all, I would send it back. It's too expensive to tolerate less-than-perfect performance.

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 22:52

That's a nice pen. I like the geometric shapes as well as color.

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 18:39

Thank you for sharing a review of a pen I'll likely never see in person. The writing sample was a nice touch as well.
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Posted 26 September 2010 - 20:23

Thank you for a nice review of a beautiful pen; enjoyed your handwriting, too. :rolleyes:

I also agree with a previous poster that if the Aurora Blue ink helps improve your skipping problem but it still persists (even if it is much better, which is different from the problem being gone), then once you've exhausted simple remedies, you should consider sending it back.

Pens I have just 'let go' with residual skipping or other problems inevitably stop being used. :unsure:

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 21:11

If it is skipping with any good ink then you should definitely send it back. In my dealings with Conway Stewart they have been brilliant and really helpful. Don't hesitate - get it so it works well

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 04:38

Look at all of the hours that you can use and enjoy your new addition. Congrats and many happy times.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 02:10

Ellen:
That is a gorgeous pen! Years ago I had a Tortoise CS Dandy which was my most favorite because of its semi-transparent body and that wonderful semi-flex nib . The bladder had detached and having it fixed was worst than a nightmare: had to send it twice for repais and the pen ended getting lost and the seller and nobody (seller and CS) took responsibility. It was like a bad divorce.
THEN I saw on sale a Razorshell Fine Italic that I fell in love with -being a c/c then I had no issues with it - and bought it. I loved it so much that I bought later on another CS (100 series) fine italic nib (I'm still to take pictures of it) and love the color of the pens.

You bought a good writer, so enjoy it!

In the review I wrote that the nib had some flow issues, but after I carefully spread a bit the tines, it became a delightful wet writer.

Edited by alvarez57, 30 September 2010 - 02:15.

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