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New Conway Stewart 100
Posted 01 January 2006 - 23:36
My current daily use pens are a Pelikan M400, Sailor 1911M, Namiki Impressions and a Waterman Hemisphere--all with fine nibs. My experience has been that European nibs tend to write with a broader line than Japanese nibs, resulting in my choice of pens to use based on the task at hand. For annotating documents, I use a Japanese fine--for general notetaking, I tend to use the Pelikan or the Waterman.
Based on this, I asked Pam for her impressions on how the CS nibs write and was told that the pens lay down a distinct, wet line. Accordingly, I ordered the CS 100 with a fine nib.
How excited I was when I got the pen so quickly--and the packaging--it was like opening one box, finding another, opening that, and finding yet another. The most opulent packaging I have ever seen for a pen!
When I received the CS 100, with a twist knob filler, I anxiously filled it with my favorite ink to date, Aurora dark blue. True enough, the pen does write with a very wet line--line width is comparable to the Pelikan and Waterman--in my opinion, tending to write more like a medium nib than a fine--which is just fine with me.
The pen writes beautifully, with an even flow in all directions. Fortunately, this was other than the experience of another recent CS 100 purchaser who told me that his pen skipped repeatedly on the downstroke. No evidence of that at all with the pen I purchased. It writes smoothly, with a surface tension that is between the Pelikan (smoother) and my Sailor (a bit more drag). All in all, a very pleasant pen to write with.
The pen is a bit larger than my others--about 5-7/18ths inch long (138 mm), and about 6-5/8ths inch long (168 mm) with the cap posted on the end of the pen.
Fit and finish are beautiful, absolutely no complaints from me. The 18k nib and three bands on the cap appear faultless. The pen is a deep wine color, with flecks that shimmer as the pen is turned. Very, very pretty.
The pen is a twist fill--which leads to my caveat. The metal knob is located underneath an end cap. The instructions are to twist it clockwise to fill, "anti-clockwise" to empty.
My concern is that the knob is incredibly hard to turn. It's so hard to turn that I didn't know for sure whether the knob was in the full clockwise or counter-clockwise position when I filled it. I am not actually sure that I filled it--I hesitate attempting to turn the knob to what might be the end, because I do not want to damage it. Perhaps the knob will loosen with use, although I wonder.
Because of the knob, I am considering returning the pen and exchanging it for a cartridge/converter (which would take a couple of weeks to arrive from the UK).
Does anyone else have any experience with twist fills like this?
Overall, except for the filling mechanism, I think the pen is marvelous and I look forward to using it for years.
Hopefully my attempts to attach pictures will work.
Best wishes for the New Year -- Brooke
Posted 01 January 2006 - 23:45
Posted 01 January 2006 - 23:46
I'll bet the pen is great, though -- I'm always impressed with the gorgeous fit and finish of Conway Stewart's pens.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 21:20
I'm sure Pam will look after you nicely.
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Posted 20 January 2006 - 06:05
Thanks very much for the review (I'm catching up on posts I missed)...and enjoy your beautiful pen!
Posted 19 January 2007 - 18:17
Hope you love the pen Brooke.
PS: Perhaps I'm in awe because here in Canada, the customs/PO delays make it quite usual to wait 2-3 weeks to see delivery of most articles from the US in the first instance.