I must say I'm not a fan of flat top or cylindrical cap style, this is why I give it a 4/5. It is a very simple design. It has a reddish brown plastic (??) body with steel clip and twist button at the end of the barrel. This one still has the sticker with $1.00 and instructions how to fill. The top of the cap has a very strong imprint that reads: CHAS. H. INGERSOLL (scrolled) E. ORANGE N.J. The button/dial at the end of the barrel shows you how to turn the knob to fill the pen. With two arrows: counter clock wise to empty and clock wise to fill.
Size and weight 5/5
Very comfortable light weight, but by all means, not a small pen. It measures 4 7/8 capped and 6 1/8 posted.
Filling system 5/5
"Twist fill". I'm not to sure how convenient this system is, but I tell you is very interesting. Apparently, the sac is glued to both the section and the knob at the end of the barrel. When one twists the knob/dial counter clock wise, the sac twist releasing the air and emptying the sac. When twist the other way, obviously, takes the ink in the sac. Fascinating! Will see how it holds.
Medium 14K. the iridium tip is worn out, but not completely. Still writes very smoothly. It reads CHI and 14K. Although not toothy at all, you can feel the paper under it. this nib has a little bit of flex also.
Cost and Value 5/5
I was told by the seller that these pens were not very expensive when they were made... heck, the sticker says $1.00. I was able to acquire this baby for $24 USD (plus $4 shipping charges). I can not compare this to any other Ingersoll pen, cos' I don't see too many of them out there, so I thought it was a good buy. I'm very happy that I was able to get a pen that is rare and in such a good condition.
In conclusion: 4.6/5 aint bad!!!
Well, now I'm hoping you guys and gals can help me by giving me more details on the history of this pen.
I'm posting some pics (pardon my bad pic taking abilities)
Edited by lovemy51, 20 June 2008 - 07:45.