About This Model
Conway Stewart was a major manufacturer of good to great fountain pens in England for a hundred years, from 1905-2005. During the pre-WWII years they sold far more pens than any other brand in England; one major author believes more than all the other companies’ output combined. They were very well-made, good-looking, and great writers with soft, wet, and often flexible nibs. It is interesting that they produced a bewildering quantity of models and colors, including some bright floral patterns in casein during the pre-WWII shortage years.
About This Pen
This is an interesting case, a beautiful, flawed recreation of a classic. Conway Stewart pens have resurfaced a few times in recent years, each time by new manufacturers and marketers. This pen is a limited edition (5/500) Dandy from the modern Conway Stewart company, manufactured around 2010.
It is a strikingly beautiful pen, in a clear brown resin with ochre green marbling. Trim is all gold, and the styling clearly reminds one of the earlier Dandy — a stepped clip engraved with a prominent CS, three matching gold cap rings, a derby crown and handsome gold engraved clip. The imprint is full and legible. Capped, this pen is 12.7cm long and 1.2cm across just below the bap edge. The nib is 18k medium, but it is more a broad nib with a bit of stub, and writes a full, wet line.
So, the flaw? Well, this pen was broken when it came to me, a messy, multiple-part break at the base of the barrel. Luckily, the broken pieces came with the pen, so it was reassembled. The repair work is fixed to a brass sleeve for stability and strength, and the pen’s interior dimensions were necessarily altered to accommodate the sleeve. None of this can be seen with the cap on, and it’s not obtrusive when looked for, but the repair is visible. The cap threads and holds well. This pen is priced at approximately half of the prices seen for these pens when available used, but the price reduction accommodates the decision to not warranty this repair.
In summary, a beautiful pen that can take steady use, but use it with a bit of care.