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#1 ToasterPastry

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 00:29

Conway-Stewart 380



Color: Marbled Green. Other colors produced include cracked ice, gold and red marble (autumn leaves), marbled burgundy with black veins, black, blue rock, and reversed-cracked ice.

Date of Production: 1935-1942.



Fill mechanism: Lever-fill with rubber sac.



Dimensions: Length: 12.4cm closed; cap 5.6 cm; posted 14.8 cm; 9.6 cm barrel without nib+section: 9.9cm. Width: cap 1 cm; barrel 0.8 cm.

Features: Peaked black top & bottom (chased black hard rubber), gold-filled diamond clip, 2 bands, nib CS 5N (14 karat gold with iridium).



Material: Resin with chased black hard rubber caps.

Marketing: Ladies companion pen to the CS 388.

Comparison size: The CS 380 is a thin pen. As shown in the figures below, when compared with the Sheaffer No-Nosense and the Pilot Vanishing Point, the pen when posted is relatively long, but smaller when capped.



Writing sample: In the photograph below, the CS 380 with the "5" nib has plenty of flex. I put a lot of pressure on the nib in this case. Fortunately, it's no wet-noodle. This means, it serves well in daily writing allowing me to write quickly for my daily charting, but with a bit of extra flair when I want to show off.



Final impressions: Despite my excitement in acquiring the pen, I'll try to remain objective in its assessment. Overall, I tend to favor the bigger pens. But this is about as perfect a pen as one can get. Sturdy construction with gold accents and an extremely smooth gold nib allows for flourishes of extra flex when needed. I'm definitely on the hunt for this nib in a larger pen.

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#2 Peter from Sherwood Park

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 00:49

Thank you for this review -- it looks like you have a great pen.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:22

Like your photo of HM.

It's funny because it's true.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 07:31


Great review. I've been checking ebay for vintage CS pens myself. You got a great pen there, and I hope I get as lucky. As I usually prefer silver trim, it's nice to see a color that looks great with gold.

p.s. For some reason I'm craving a pear.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 07:45

That's my studio-pear. I think QM2 photographed a pen + pear. So in my small way, that's my parody (read: tribute) to her. When the pear rots, I've got a papaya that's just waiting to step out.
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 13:02

QUOTE (Sharkle @ Dec 28 2008, 07:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great review. I've been checking ebay for vintage CS pens myself. You got a great pen there, and I hope I get as lucky. As I usually prefer silver trim, it's nice to see a color that looks great with gold.

p.s. For some reason I'm craving a pear.


There are some reliable sources of Conway Stewarts here in England. PM me if you want addresses.







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