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#1 Opus104

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 20:16

To add to the wonderful review Vicary did of his Bespoke Tiger Eye Wellington, I offer my thoughts on my new Wellington in Classic Brown.

Presentation

Okay, I am not a big one for presentation boxes, but this is an over-the-top beauty. The Wellington is presented in Conway's centennial diamond packaging. I think I actually paid only half the actual shipping cost.

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Appearance

The classic brown has tremendous depth and character. I would hold this resin up against the finest celluloids I have seen. The cap and pen body have a subtle curve that really looks nice. It is hard to capture in photos, but it definitely grows on you and adds character. I am usually a silver trim guy, but the classic brown screams "classic gold"! The fact that the section is also of the same resin adds a completeness to the whole package. The body does have a brass sleeve to add some weight. For me, that is just right. The heft creates a solid feel, but does not add much weight. (22g uncapped, 34g total) I do not post my pens, and would recommend not posting the Wellington, though the cap does post securely. The imprint is crisp and nostalgic.

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Filling

Cartridge/converter. Converter does screw in for a bit more of a fancy feel (it is still a converter). I did have a bit of drying due to what I believe was "sticky converter" syndrome. I ran a fine grit sand paper along the inside of the convereter, and all pesky adhesion seems to have vanished.


Nib

The medium nib is understated and a super smooth, true medium. I rank this nib as about as flexible as a Visconti and (dare I say it) as smooth as my two sailors.

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Value

The retail can be quite pricey, but I got this little fellow new for $340 shipped (yes, that does include the 3 pounds of packaging).

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#2 handlebar

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 20:29

Beautiful!! Delightful!! Stupendous!! How many other adjectives can i find? I have wanted this exact pen for a long time and will maybe have one someday.
For now my CS Duro classic green will suffice.But i love those brown tones.

Many thanks for the review and drool creating photos.

Jim

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 22:22

I am a sucker for good looking pens boxes and I started to drill even before I acturaly saw this gorgeous pen.
You have a good taste and I tip my hat to CS for producing such an beautiful pen.
Respect to all

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 22:34

Great Pics! And the pen is pretty amazing as well.
Thanks!
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#5 rogerb

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 22:35

Pretty much the same conclusions I came to in my handwritten review of mine, 368/054, in March.... mine only differs in having a Binderised 0.7 c.i. nib (and the price I paid!). Your review is much more comprehensive.

I still love that pen smile.gif

I personally think all that fancy packaging is a waste of money..... in my case, it will just sit in a drawer or be thrown away.
It should be an 'optional extra', IMO.

Edited by rogerb, 19 July 2008 - 22:40.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 22:44

Good review! I have this exact pen -- with an italic fine nib -- and it is indeed both a beauty and a top performer. Mine was a gift from a good friend. The brass body gives it a nice solid feel that I really like in a writing instrument. Like you, I fill mine with Havana Brown ink, and it matches the color of the pen very nicely.

Edited by CharlieB, 20 July 2008 - 00:42.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 23:26

How close would you say the colour is of the writing sample ?
I tried a scan of Havana Brown recently & was not impressed with its accuracy ~ to me it looks like yours is better but still not totally there
the reds were not visible in the actual sample I used but came out in the scan like yours



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Posted 20 July 2008 - 00:41

Great looking CS!!!!!

I love the Brown that pops on the pen. I just picked up a Sterling Duro (color Honey) and love it. CS puts out great pens.

Its hard to compare any other pen in that price range.

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#9 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:43

Looks like I will have to get a CS one day. Nice pen BTW wink.gif
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 06:36

Gorgeous! It's what I'm hoping to win in the CS drawing. Or did they already have the drawing? Anyway, if I win a Wellington, it'll be Classic Brown.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 15:42

Thanks for the comments - I'm loving the pen . . .

QUOTE (Have Fun @ Jul 19 2008, 06:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How close would you say the colour is of the writing sample ?
I tried a scan of Havana Brown recently & was not impressed with its accuracy ~ to me it looks like yours is better but still not totally there
the reds were not visible in the actual sample I used but came out in the scan like yours


My Havana Brown ink scan is a bit redder than true. Some of that is due to the Ivory Crane paper, and some just a scan issue. My best results in capturing the color have come from Photos, not scans.


QUOTE (HDoug @ Jul 20 2008, 01:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gorgeous! It's what I'm hoping to win in the CS drawing. Or did they already have the drawing? Anyway, if I win a Wellington, it'll be Classic Brown.


No drawing yet Doug, but my pen could sure use a Classic Green buddy smile.gif

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 15:54

QUOTE (Opus104 @ Jul 19 2008, 03:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
To add to the wonderful review Vicary did of his Bespoke Tiger Eye Wellington, I offer my thoughts on my new Wellington in Classic Brown.

Presentation

Okay, I am not a big one for presentation boxes, but this is an over-the-top beauty. The Wellington is presented in Conway's centennial diamond packaging. I think I actually paid only half the actual shipping cost.

[attachment=29413:Well01.jpg]

[attachment=29414:Well02.jpg]

[attachment=29415:Well03.jpg]

[attachment=29416:Well04.jpg]

[attachment=29417:Well05.jpg]


Appearance

The classic brown has tremendous depth and character. I would hold this resin up against the finest celluloids I have seen. The cap and pen body have a subtle curve that really looks nice. It is hard to capture in photos, but it definitely grows on you and adds character. I am usually a silver trim guy, but the classic brown screams "classic gold"! The fact that the section is also of the same resin adds a completeness to the whole package. The body does have a brass sleeve to add some weight. For me, that is just right. The heft creates a solid feel, but does not add much weight. (22g uncapped, 34g total) I do not post my pens, and would recommend not posting the Wellington, though the cap does post securely. The imprint is crisp and nostalgic.

[attachment=29418:Well06.jpg]

[attachment=29419:Well07.jpg]

[attachment=29423:Well08.jpg]

[attachment=29422:Well09.jpg]


Filling

Cartridge/converter. Converter does screw in for a bit more of a fancy feel (it is still a converter). I did have a bit of drying due to what I believe was "sticky converter" syndrome. I ran a fine grit sand paper along the inside of the convereter, and all pesky adhesion seems to have vanished.


Nib

The medium nib is understated and a super smooth, true medium. I rank this nib as about as flexible as a Visconti and (dare I say it) as smooth as my two sailors.

[attachment=29424:Well10.jpg]

[attachment=29425:Well11.jpg]

[attachment=29426:Well12.jpg]


Value

The retail can be quite pricey, but I got this little fellow new for $340 shipped (yes, that does include the 3 pounds of packaging).




Nice! You should be a CS salesman. After these two reviews I wanna go out and get another CS.

#13 inkyfingr

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 12:58

Opus104, I wasn't sure if this was a review or a strip tease unsure.gif ... Nice pen.

Edited by inkyfingr, 04 August 2008 - 12:59.







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