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Conway Stewart Wellington, Binder 0.7 c.i.


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#1 rogerb

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 20:18







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Posted 16 March 2008 - 21:33

Thank you for such a nice review. Handwritten reviews should be taken more seriously than typed ones! Ruud

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 21:57

Nice review and beautiful pen. I have the same coloration in a Dandy model.

Hey, maybe the buldge is an added feature: CS just some added room should your nib gain some weight in upcoming years...smile.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 22:25

The Wellington is such a beautiful pen, especially in that colour. Mine proved to be too heavy for me to use. crybaby.gif

By the way, the Herbin ink for your writing sample looks wonderful. I have a bottle of the same ink and it does not appear that dark. Perhaps it's all in the magic of a nib from Richard Binder. smile.gif

Edited by girlieg33k, 16 March 2008 - 22:27.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 22:35

Another great review Roger, thanks.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 23:03

That ink looks wonderful-i usually find the Hebrins a little "washedout" but that looks stunning!
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 00:14

Roger,

Nicely done. Very informative. Beautiful pen and handwriting.

Thanks,

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:01

Thanks for the kind remarks.

I asked for a 7/10 'wetness factor' which probably accounts for the apparent darkness of the lines....... it certainly doesn't look much like myosotis (forget-me-not) colour, does it! (Do you have that flower in the USA?)

I must try it sometime in my Pelikan which has a similar nib, but in steel, and seems to write a little drier (that currently has Herbin Cyclamen in it, a very pretty colour).


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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:27

I'll bet that pen would look nice with some Diamine Saddle Brown in it!

A pen just like yours arrived in my mail today. The only difference is that mine has the Conway Stewart factory italic fine (IF) nib rather than the Binderized version that you have. I haven't inked it yet. When I do, I'll ink it with Waterman Havana Brown.

In looking at the pen, it is somewhat similar in color to my amber Stipula Etruria, but the Wellington has more of a translucent "glow" than does the Etruria, probably due to clear particles in the resin. The other feature that makes it especially nice is the absence of black plastic end pieces. Conway Stewart was smart to make the Wellington's end pieces from the same resin as the cap and barrel. Finally, I'm so thankful that the trims are gold rather than the ever-present rhodium that seems to grace 80 percent of all pens produced in the last 2-3 years.

It is indeed a heavier pen than the Churchill, the Duro, and the 100, but I like heavier pens. (Hey! I collect metal pens like Sheaffers and Duponts.) I agree with you that the bulge in the cap is a bit disconcerting at first, but after staring at it for an hour, I think I like it. If you look closely, the cap has a coke bottle shape. What you call the bulge is the shoulders/chest. Then there is an indented waist, widening slightly to form hips where the two cap bands form a belt.

Edited by CharlieB, 17 March 2008 - 01:40.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:09

QUOTE(CharlieB @ Mar 16 2008, 09:27 PM) View Post
I'll bet that pen would look nice with some Diamine Saddle Brown in it!
A pen just like yours arrived in my mail today. The only difference is that mine has the Conway Stewart factory italic fine (IF) nib rather than the Binderized version that you have.

The Wellington matches well with Diamine Saddle Brown and Sienna Brown. It also matches well with Sailor Red-Brown and of course Waterman Havana Brown.

P.S. I also understand that any Conway Stewart pen ordered from Richard Binder, even though it has a CS factory italic fine nib, is still considered "Binderized" -- though it did not get a customized regrind. smile.gif

Edit: Added P.S.

Edited by girlieg33k, 17 March 2008 - 09:11.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 10:29

Update on my earlier post: I've inked the pen with Havana Brown, and it writes WONDERFULLY. The factory IF nib, probably smoothed by Richard Binder, writes like a dream. This is one nice pen! I'm already wondering if I should add the Classic Green version of this pen to my Want List... perhaps with a different nib for variety.
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#12 rogerb

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 10:54

I don't have any Browns..... nearest is Tulipe Noire!.... special inks aren't easy to get in Spain, although Herbins are quite reasonable, 3 (small)botts for Euros 17.70, about $27 ?, delivered worldwide, by penandco.com !
I like Herbin colours...not as 'pastel' as they seem, in my 'wet' pens, and very 'well-behaved', I believe. (Must look for their brownest Brown!)

Edited by rogerb, 17 March 2008 - 10:58.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 17:01




You have a really great handwriting, clear and interesting.
Great reviews.

Thanks

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 17:39

Interesting and informative review. Thanks.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 13:19

Good job on the review! As long as I can read them, I love handwritten reviews. Your's was perfect.

I like CS pens, both vintage and new, almost as much as Italian pens. I just got a classic brown Duro button fill back from Richard a couple of weeks ago that now has a 0.7 cursive italic. This pen was a tough nut to crack and a trip back to the factory didn't help any. Richard got it going.
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