A bit of history: I know very little about CS, but as far as I can find out in the net, this pen was made around 1937.
This pen is in black plastic/celluloid with a 14k nib and gold plated ( I don't think it is GF) clip.
Please forgive me for not giving numbers to individual parts, as I don't think I have sufficient knowledge/authority to give marks to a some 70 odd yrs old pen. I will just share my experience with it.
First Impressions: This is a seriously simple looking pen. Without any type of embellishment, and I love this simple look of this. I think this pen was made as a purely functional writing instrument, not any kind of style statement or jewelery. This also goes well with the simple dressing code that I follow. For me, it is perfect, attracting no attention, or questions like "what is this?". ....
Appearence: Just like a fountain pen... what it is! Ok, as I said before, it is a completely conventional design. It is black, so I am filling it with my favorite ink, Skirp black.
Weight & Dimensions : it is a mid sized pen.Capped length is 129mm, posted it becomes 163 mm. It is quite light. For my mid sized hand, it is quite comfortable unposted, but I find it very balanced and comfortable posted. The diameter is similar to vac major. One thing that concerns me that the cap has no trim rings, so I post it very carefully so that I don't end up with a cracked cap. overall a very comfortable to use pen.
Nib & Performance: The nib is a 14k semiflex fine nib. I find these nibs most suitable for my writing, as when I am writing fast, I can use it as a normal firm nib, and when I am writing slowly, I use the flex to add some character to my handwriting...(sadly, later I have to read it for everybody, as i seem to have an unique ability.. that is being able to read my own handwriting!).. The nib is lightly toothy if not held at an particular angle... I think this is because of the funny angular cut in the nib, but overall, a very pleasant nib to use, neither dry nor wet...
Filling System: This is the old trusty lever filler... I found this pen in working condition, and I haven't bothered with the sack... it is working fine for last few months, and the ink capacity is good for me.. I don't write a lot, and for me, a filling is good enough for a week. One thing I like very much is the little metal insert in the lever slot, which makes it less prone to breaking.
Cost & Value: I paid around $15 for this pen from flea market.. and I hadn't done anything other than a good flush to get it in working condition... I think this is very good value for money for a excellent condition CS, and it is a very good writer too....
Conclusion : This is my first and only CS, and I love it.... this has sparked my interest in CS, and if I find anoher one in similar condition, I will not hesitate to buy it.
I hope you find this useful and please excuse me for my awful photos.... I will try to click a few better ones tomorrow at daylight. I photographed it with a 51 for size reference.
Edited by bluemoon, 05 December 2008 - 19:53.