I had spotted this pen since the very beginning it was introduced at Swisher's Web Store. I have always admired Conway Stewart (CS) original celluloid patterns and colors. Two things that kept me away from them was the prices and a terrible experience I had with a Dandy edition pen. Nevertheless, I would check over and over the pen.
What then made me buy, after almost a year and a half this pen? Paradoxically two things that are not my favorite: fine nib and cartridge/convertor (c/c).
Follow me and you will see why I chose this pen.
This pen comes in a two-box set.
The first box is square and its dimensions are 12 1/2 "x 6 3/4 ". The lid is opened by a dark green tab, leading to the second box which is 10 3/4" x 5".
Both boxes are of texturised synthetic leather pattern. The rhomboid box is encased in this faux white velvet fabric which serves as a neutral background. The lid is also opened by another tab which leads to the pen. The pen is then extracted by a ribbon of the same dark green fabric as the tabs.
I could not get much of its history except that it was an exclusive series made in 2005 for Chuck Swisher. Only 100 fountain pens were made, with 25 Rollerballs and 25 Ballpoints.
Body, design 5/5
The body is that of the Duro series introducing a new design, the Razorshell. Unfortunately I could not find much info about why Razorshell, which is a shell of the bivalve family.
The colors basically are white, black, orange and salmon pink with some few ambers and pearlised grays.
Two gold ribbons adorn the cap, a fine one near the clip and a thicker one, unadorned, near the scew section. This is a HEAVY PEN, for inside the barrel it has a brass (?) cilinder, yet it is well balanced and does not tire my hand.
The size of the pen is 5 1/2 " capped, 6 3/4" posted and 1/2" in diameter. The cap also has weight added to it at the end.
This one is for Phthalo !
This is the reason why I bought a Fine nib, because it is italic, and I love italics. My previous CS (Dandy) was a favorite writer because of the smoothness of the nib and its "flexilbility". It is an 18k nib engraved in elegant simplicity with the CS logo.
Why a 4? Because most modern nibs do have flow issues and this one has.
Filling System 1/5 or 4/5
Depending on your taste for piston, levers, buttons or simply c/c. Due to a previous negative experience with the Dandy lever system, I DID prefer the c/c. Plus cleaning the pen is very easy and no offensive inks for the celluloid.
I love this pen in spite it may visit one of the nibmeisters for adjustments, something I really don't mind much. It has become my diary and snailmail favorite. The colors are more alive than I initially thought. Some may call it loud, but after owning a Krone Moderne, this is somehow "classical" for me.
Edited by alvarez57, 11 August 2007 - 00:20.