The pen is a Mabie todd Swan. from The late '10 or early '20... cant tell exactly, the body has inscriptions "MAY 21.18 PAT PDG". I am not going to mark each part individually, as i think it is a unfair to judge a 80 yrs old pen in present context... I am just going to share my experience with it.
The pen:- The pen itself is exactly 11cm long, a ringtop lever filler(English made). The colour is blue marbled, exactly like blue on blue lapis lazuli Parker Duofolds. The look(not apparent in my extraordinarily bad photography) is simply gorgeous. The ringtop, lever,
and three rings in the cap, all is gold filled. The good thing is it is completely free of any brassing that often plagues vintage swans(even the lever). Posted it becomes 14cms, not bad for my medium size hands. All the repair I performed on it is only a good flush and installing a new sac. It is good to go again.
NIB:- The model no is 172/52, stamped on the back. So it has a #2 swan nib with heart shaped breather hole. The nib is a broad stub superflex.
Performance:- This is the best part of the pen. I am a completely F/XF buff.... all my M/B/BB 51 or vacs stay on shelf when I carry a XF 51 aero. But this pen has changed it... No Superflex nib I have ever seen(quite a few...) have such smoothness,
such beautiful springy feel and controlled ink flow... the ink flow specially is excellent. not less enough to find the
pen skipping, not so much to soak in the paper.
Overall this pen demonstrates why we all love vintage pens so much. Only if there had had been a modern pen to match this..... sigh....
Edited by MYU, 02 December 2008 - 01:17.