it's based on the cs 100, and you can find kendallj's excellent review here:
The Conway Stewart 100 "Peppered White"
i think this was a wise decision, as the size is average i.e. practical. it fits nicely in a shirt pocket or jacket. the churchill, a larger pen, definately spills over a shirt pocket. it's made of ebonite, which is chased in a diamond pattern of alternating stripes. there is a striking bicolor look, with the body, section and cap in black, and the trim in sterling silver. the cap band differs from the regular 100 in that it is a wide strip of silver, rather than three stripes. the band has a laser engraved cadeueus anteriorly, which i guess is mandatory in keeping with the doctor theme. posteriorly on the band is the motto "primum non nocere," latin for "first collect the bill." sorry, bad taste. just kidding, of course, it means "first do no harm." "semper ubi sub ubi" would also have been equally appropriate. the pen is limited to 50, with the first 25 having an internal piston filling mechanism, and the last 25 c/c filler. mine is lucky #7.
time out now for big ups to my man kevin cheng. i had the chance to meet kev and his brother tom (also a physician) at the dc supershow a few months ago. i had just recently started getting into fountain pens, and he gave me a nice primer on the art of maki-e. i drooled over the hundreds (or at least dozens) of danitrios there, and he talked me into purchasing a mikado-sized tamenuri. i subsequently bought more pens from his website, and i have to say that there's virtually no difference b/t buying from internet pens vs a b&m store, except that you have to wait a couple of days for your pen. if you require service, which i did a couple of times, he takes care of you promptly, efficiently, and utterly. a total gent. big ups to kev! i'm obviously a very satisfied customer. and no, he didn't give me a discount to say that.
the packaging is pretty nice, with green leather-like outer and inner boxes. but wait, no stethoscope, otoscope or rubber hammer?
the pen is well balanced whether posted or not, and is lightweight ebonite. the cap posts securely, and the pen is not overly long when posted. it uncaps in a little over one turn. the clip is the typical washer type found on other 100 models. it's 13.8 cm long, 13 cm uncapped, and about 3.6 cm in diameter for the section. the nib is bicolor 18k gold, the majority rhodinated, with a yellow gold diamond cs logo. i chose the italic medium point, which to me is really more like a stub or cursive italic. the corners are fairly rounded and thus allow for smooth, easy, quick writing, with some line variation. the feel of nib to paper is exquisite. the flow is generous. this pen is well suited for work. the computer has largely replaced the pen in my line of work, but i do need a pen to sign roughly 40 documents a day, and for the occasional brief note or much abbreviated history & physical. personally, i would feel self-conscious if i pulled out a flashy sterling silver pen, a humongo pen or a crazy limited edition pen in front of a patient, for the rare occassions that i see one. no such feeling with this cs.
the filling system is internal piston. the piston knob is accessed by unscrewing the blind cap. i think it's a definately a step up from a cartridge/convertor system. the fit and finish is extremely fine. manufacturing tolerances here are tight. the body and cap are gently curved. there's a black plastic pointed cap "jewel", and the blind cap also ends in a similar point.
ok, so now time for ratings. why? well, it seems that everyone loves them, despite the fact that they're so personal/subjective, and ultimately meaningless to many. but who cares, it's fun. remember, ymmv.
cap and body (17/20): finely chased black ebonite with classy silver trim, very well made
section (9/10): black resin, flared at end, comfortable
nib performance (17/20): very smooth italic medium, good flow, no skipping
writing comfort (18/20): lightweight, well-balanced, fatigue free
design (9/10): very professional look, good detail yet understated
value (8/10): $425 retail (i think discounted to $390 for FPN'ers and pentracers) for this limited pen (only 50 made) is a good value
filling system (8/10): internal piston fill, need to unscrew blind cap for access
total: 86/100 (100 would be the perfect pen, which as you & i know, doesn't exist, unless of course you think otherwise, but then let me know if you do)
size comparison with cs churchill quartz burgundy:
this pen has been my daily writer even since i received it one week ago. it'll undoubtedly stay by my side for a while, it least until my next pen arrives, heh heh. no doubt this pen is intended for a limited audience, but it's spot on for them. i'm sure conway stewart, paired up with another authorized dealer, could come up with other occupation-specific lines in the future (how about the quality assurance guy pen, insurance actuator pen, fast food flavor/taste developer pen, to name a few); just please don't copy internet pens' edition too closely...
next review, montblanc kafka
Edited by davyr, 16 November 2005 - 18:26.