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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:39
So I got a hold of one from England - a little SM2 - and it is SWEET. The pattern on the black hard rubber body, the imprint, the nib, all perfect.
It's a skinny little pen - probably skinnier than I was expecting, but it's still very nice to take quick notes or write fancy letters with. I haven't written pages and pages, but I have enjoyed the heck out of it. It's perfect posted or not for my hand.
Part of the reason I wanted it was for the cool factor of that hard rubber lever bar. That's the coolest lever of any fountain pen I've ever used or seen. It's subtle. It hides. It doesn't scream "Look at me! I'm a brassed and scratched up old dented bent metal lever!" It's just... there. I love it.
I had to put a sac in it - easy to do. Just heat the barrel a tiny bit and pull the section out. Somebody had pulled all the bits out a while back and left a bit of sac on the back of the section - easy to clean up. Takes ink very well - as it should. Holds a fair amount - but when that nib spreads the ink FLOWS. I love it.
I've played with a few Waterman nibs over the last couple of years, a couple of wet spaghetti noodles, semi flex, soft and super wacky doodle o flex, stiff flex and every other flex you can imagine. This one though - to ME - is the ideal. I get a nice dry extra fine line until I lay into it a little bit and it spreads almost effortlessly. I don't have to worry about flexing when I don't want to, or it being difficult to flex when I ask it. It's just perfect.
I also love the shape of the pen overall. It's got a nice gentle taper from the middle of the barrel towards the section and barrel end. The section is pretty skinny, like holding a pencil, but it's pretty good with the thicker barrel kind of balancing that skinny bit.
One thing that I don't care for - and it's mostly a visual thing - is how the lever seems to stick up a tiny bit from the barrel. Either that's normal or the barrel is a bit warped from use and age. Either way it's not that big of a deal. When I put the section back in the barrel I made sure the lever was in line with the nib and it doesn't bug me when holding and writing with it.
Over all it's just a fantastic little pen. It's not often I want something that's not hand made, but this guy is an exception. The Swan linked above just struck a chord with me and I've wanted one ever since. Mine is much smaller than that one - but I love it to death.
over a yellow wal mart pad.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:54
Visconti Last Lira aka Luigi Einaudi #63 of 975, Stipula Yellow Da Vinci Carbon Fiber T, Stipula Model T, Vintage Fountain Pens, Delta Amerigo Vespucci LE, Pelikan Special Edition Sahara F/P, TWSBI Micarta, Danitrio Mikado, Genkai, Nakaya Decapod Cigar, Watley in Woodgrain, Marlen Yellow Liberty LE, Santa FE Style Custom "51" made by Ralph Prather, president New Mexico Pen Collector's Club.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:03
My wife always snickers at little ring tops. She calls them Cracker Jack prizes. When I showed her this one, there was just a quiet "Oooh...".
I love Swans. Don't have enough of them. This one has a 1918 patent date and is marked 192/41. Don't have a writing sample, but the nib is Fine medium flex.
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Posted 26 May 2012 - 18:03
Hey, nice pen! Cool to see your work on mine inspired you! I'm kind of drooling after yours now...grass is always greener, no?
Posted 26 May 2012 - 18:11
Shawn, it's infested with escaping worms, send it to my house. I'l wrangle them! yEE-haw!
can you tell mabie todd swan missing from the teensy cj collection?
Posted 27 May 2012 - 21:13
This pen certainly is high on my wish-list.
Posted 28 May 2012 - 06:43
This UK dealer has more than a few Swan pens up for sale http://www.vintagefountainpens.co.uk/ no affiliation etc.....
Hoped to grab a similar Swan M2 on ebay today, but unfortunately one bidder was prepared to buy more.
This pen certainly is high on my wish-list.
Posted 03 June 2012 - 14:28
i bought it last year in pristine condition but never knew what model, was just curious about the black lever since they are very rare sight
Posted 03 June 2012 - 15:07
THey're not that rare are they?