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Conway Stewart 58 review (vintage)
Posted 28 February 2009 - 21:55
As I opened it, my wife said “I question your normal choices, but actually I really like this one!” She has a good eye for design, and I think her comment is a high accolade for the 58.
The material is pearlescent and catches the light wonderfully. Conway Stewart can be a little light on the gold-plating and this one shows typical wear on the clip. The delicate lever filler has a dainty Conway Stewart logo. But most of all, I think it has a nice balanced look to it, whether capped or posted.
The weight of this pen is just perfect for me. It’s a plastic-based pen, but not too light. (I really must get some digital scales to tell you the exact weight of these things). What is most noticeable though, is its solid feel.
The balance is good when writing, and it is comfortable to hold. It is a reasonably fat pen.
The cap is screw-fit, though unfortunately on this one, the threads have worn somewhat meaning they don’t engage and hold the cap in place that well. It will have to have the inner cap shortened at some point to make it more useable. Or have the threads rebuilt.
Dimensions: 129mm (5 1/16”) capped, 153mm (6”) posted
14ct Gold Duro fine nib. These have a fantastic reputation, there’s therefore little I can add really. It is on the hard side of springy and a good workman. Really smooth, but gives feedback – lovely. I’d like to try a flexible one.
Lever filler, with a very pretty lever as mentioned already.
I know my wife paid £70 for this pen. Reasonable, though I would have been happier if the cap threads weren’t an issue. Conway Stewarts are highly collectable and pretty solid, and I think the price reflects this. In comparison to other pens, I think this is pretty reasonable. As a point of interest Lambrou notes the original price of a 58 in the early 1950s to be 30 shillings. The price range from Conway Stewart at the time was 12 shillings to 35 shillings.
These are great pens, very presentable and good solid writers.
(Note this review was originally posted on my blog, been meaning to copy it across for a while)
Posted 28 February 2009 - 23:03
Nice review of a classic pen (yet to find a 58 at the right price ie very cheap, but still looking), I have a 28 in the same design/colour that I just got back from Laurence Oldfield, looks great and writes really well. Quite fond of my various vintage CSs (probably have about 10 or so including several 570 Dinkies.
Unfortunately prices seem to be rising for reasonable vintage CSs now, so don't suppose I will be buying one any time soon.
Posted 28 February 2009 - 23:27
Andyk - keep looking. I find plastic (as opposed to silver or gold plated) pens still appear in junk shops at knock-down prices. My mint 58 was £10 less than a year ago from an antique shop where the owner was more interested in other more 'obvious' antiques and still thought of pens as bric-a-brac items. It helps to have a father who's an antique dealer and can look out for them for me though...
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 01:34
Posted 01 March 2009 - 14:57
No. 60: 35/-
No. 58: 30/-
No. 27: 25/9
No. 28: 24/6
No. 388: 21/-
(All prices in old-fashioned shillings/pence)
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