Of course, that's how I managed to get my hands on this pen in the first place, so maybe any possible bias works out in the end?
If you've tried the CS 100, you know it's sort of their answer to the Pelikan M800 or MB 146 niche. It's large enough to be a "Flagship Pen", but still not an oversize pen like the M1000 or MB 149. So, it's a good size, offered with a piston filler, and has a nice selection of nibs. Toss in some wild colours and it's been a good seller for Conway Stewart.
I haven't been as wildly excited about them, though. They're just a bit too small for me. I "need" a 149 sized pen. That's untill I got my hands on this sample, in a new colour for the 100 model. It's called "Bronze", and frankly, I'm not sure if my wife will be able to get this one back from me!
If this were "celluloid" instead of "acrylic" it would be one of those hugely expensive LE pens. I'm glad they chose the less expensive acrylic, it's really just as good looking, and if it holds the price down a bit, that's fine by me. (and my budget!) The colour is a luminescent brown with pearl highlights and darker brown veins. It's one of those materials that really lights up as you turn the pen in your hand.
From an aesthetic standpoint, this pen is all good. Writing-wise, it scores pretty high as well. I still think it's a bit too slim for my hand, but there is no getting around the fact that it IS a usable pen, and will probably be considered perfect by most hands. I post the cap, and it balances well, but if you choose not to, the barrel is still long enough.
The best part, for me, is the nib selection. Everything from extra fine (which is what this sample had fitted) to a double broad, as well as fine, medium, and broad italics. I'm loving the medium italic. Nice, crisp lines with good width variation. Although, I have to say, the extra fine on the sample is also very nice. A thin line, maybe not as fine as I would expect form an "extra" fine, but still... If you fill out lots of fussy little forms and need something precise, this might suit your needs.
The piston filler is the "built-in converter" type, and so ink capacity might be a bit less than a comparablly sized piston filler that's using the whole barrel. Still plenty of ink for "real world" use.
So... Am I biased? Well, maybe a bit. But I'm also impressed! I have been excited to see the approach that the new owners of CS have taken with getting the company back on it's feet. I've been feeling a bit bad that I haven't supported the efforts by buying one of their pens. It looks like that will be changing in the near future if they can put me together a Bronze 100 with the mdium italic nib. (Before I spend all my money on buying other people Christmas presents, that is!)
The weight is 25 grams and the length 5 1/2 inches long closed, and 1/2 inch across the barrel.
Edited by Stylophiles, 01 December 2004 - 04:49.