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Eversharp Symphony No. 713


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#1 shaylenwilliams

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 01:27

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I just received this little gem in the mail today from Peyton Street Pens. This is my first real "vintage" pen, AND my first non-C/C or piston fill. Color me intimidated!
I had researched this pen a bit, so I pretty much knew to expect an economy-type pen from the 1950's, that concentrated its steam in the nib-department. The looks of the 713 Symphony aren't stunning, but that wasn't why I wanted this pen. I wanted a somewhat economical way to try a REAL vintage flexible nib. In that department, this pen most certainly does not disappoint. I wouldn't call it a wet noodle, it probably ranges somewhere between a semi-flex and flexible, but I am not experienced enough with flex nibs to make that call. In fact, the only other flexy fountain pen I've ever used is the Noodler's Flex Creaper. The nib is very smooth, and is pure writing bliss with a lube-y shader like Herbin Vert Olive!

Lengths are: 5 and 3/8" capped,4 and 7/8" uncapped, and very near 6" posted.
Here are more pictures and writing samples:
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ETA: these are some pictures of the flex at work, I didn't really realize that the above sample doesn't show it off very well.
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Edited by shaylenwilliams, 11 September 2011 - 11:19.

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#2 MicheleB

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 04:11

Nice pen and I love your handwriting. You will get much enjoyment out of it!
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#3 shaylenwilliams

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 11:20

Nice pen and I love your handwriting. You will get much enjoyment out of it!


Thanks Michele,
Trust me, the credit is much more due to the pen than any talent of mine!
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 11:42

Very nice review.

I don't think Eversharp gets enough credit for the quality of their nibs.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:37

GAWD that's a pretty ink! Gonna have to get some of that. I just hate their little bottles.

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#6 shaylenwilliams

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 13:24

GAWD that's a pretty ink! Gonna have to get some of that. I just hate their little bottles.


It has become one of my staples. I really love it. Yes, the bottles are terrible, but were never an issue before my owning this pen- I would just use a syringe to fill. I barely had enough left in this one to fill with. I'll probably just end up buying the ink next time and transferring it to a more pen-friendly bottle.
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 13:54

Shaylen, I just got a flex nib too and it's not the pen it's your handwriting, good job. And welcome to vintage pens.

I won't be posting any handwriting any time soon. But, how the mighty had fallen, just ten years before Eversharp made the Skyline.

#8 shaylenwilliams

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 18:41

Shaylen, I just got a flex nib too and it's not the pen it's your handwriting, good job. And welcome to vintage pens.

I won't be posting any handwriting any time soon. But, how the mighty had fallen, just ten years before Eversharp made the Skyline.


Thanks for the compliment! :embarrassed_smile:
I know, I was reading about post-Skyline downfall... I'd LOVE to get my hands on one of those... I saw a Blurple-y/striated looking one that was a knockout! Alas, the Symphony will do me just fine while I am college student-poor.
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 19:06

Shaylen,
Beautiful handwriting and a nice review. I also got one of these from Peyton Street, and they are very nice indeed!
Thanks for posting this!
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Posted 12 September 2011 - 19:04

Congratulations on joining the ranks of vintage pen users. Add me as another admirer of your handwriting!
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 01:49

Welcome to the dark side Shay... the dark side of collecting vintage pens ;)
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 02:20

I am waiting for mine:

A 713 in ExtraFine Flex and a 917 in Fine Flex.
Should have ordered a Flex Stub as well..Pity. All sold out.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 15:25

Shaylen,
I'm just seeing this review now, after having been on the road for a few weeks. Lovely review for a lovely pen. And, by the way, your handwriting is beautiful!!

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#14 shaylenwilliams

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 17:31

Shaylen,
I'm just seeing this review now, after having been on the road for a few weeks. Lovely review for a lovely pen. And, by the way, your handwriting is beautiful!!

Thanks for sharing this with us. Posted Image

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Thanks KP, you're too kind! I hope the road was good to you!
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 02:21

Your fabulous review made up my mind - I just placed an order for one of these babies! Thanks for the great review - though my wallet now has a bone to pick with you ... ;)

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 02:38

Lovely work, and well done on your choice, Shaylen! I've been having a lot of fun with mine. You know you've chosen well with the love of your life when this happens: she convinced me I should get one, so I got a fine 713; she knew I wanted a stub, but they were all sold out.

Well, they weren't, really. She called Teri and got one of the last ones, and gave it to me as a surprise on my birthday. <3
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 05:11

Your fabulous review made up my mind - I just placed an order for one of these babies! Thanks for the great review - though my wallet now has a bone to pick with you ... ;)

I look forward to seeing it in action!!!

Lovely work, and well done on your choice, Shaylen! I've been having a lot of fun with mine. You know you've chosen well with the love of your life when this happens: she convinced me I should get one, so I got a fine 713; she knew I wanted a stub, but they were all sold out.Well, they weren't, really. She called Teri and got one of the last ones, and gave it to me as a surprise on my birthday. <3

A good choice of life partner indeed! :thumbup:
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 05:14

*It's too late to edit the original post now, but I JUST realized that in the typed portion of my review I called the ink Vert Olive. It isn't that, obviously- it's Vert Empire. Stupid me.*
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 20:09

I just now got one (burgundy and broad flex, too). I love this pen. Smooth, wet, gold nib (my first) lightweight (I appreciate that). Decided to ink it up with Noodlers Swan in UK Roses (because it's burgundy colored). I am not sure that was the proper ink to choose (VERY wet, dries VERY slooooooollllly and leaves a round dome of ink to dry after the nib passes). I will have to experiment with inks and this pen. I have seen some heartbreakingly beautiful handwriting done with another one (like your handwriting) and just fell for it and glad I did. Thanks for the review, I concur with all of it.


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Posted 20 December 2011 - 20:59

congrats on the pen :thumbup:
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