For some years, I ignored Kingswoods. Somehow, in that echoing void I call my mind, I had confused Kingswoods with Queensways. The Queensway, it must be said, is a pen well worth ignoring, as it has all the writing capability and aesthetic appeal of a pointy stick. In truth, however, there is no connection between the two, except in my muddled inability to discern the difference between two royal titles. So I missed a lot of good pens for a while.
I’ve made up for it since and grab Kingswoods whenever I can. The pens are well made, decorative and bear an excellent Eversharp nib. In reality they’re a Parker production, made by them at Newhaven after they had bought up the remnants of the failed Wahl Eversharp company. At one time I thought Kingswoods had been created to use up an overstock of Eversharp nibs. I suppose that could be the case, but there must have been a tremendous amount of nibs as the Kingswood proved a good seller and survived long enough to go through a re-design.
Celluloid pens, they share the colours and pattern of the post-war Duofolds and Victories that were produced in Newhaven. The earliest, and most common, Kingswoods are only slightly streamlined and have a stepped clip. Like the later ones, they appear either with a plain or pierced cap band. The later, more torpedo-shaped pens also have a stepped clip, but now incorporating a shallow ‘S’-curve from front to back.
They have a tendency to lose the thin gold plating on clips and levers, though it usually remains on the rings rather better. This can be forgiven, I think, because of the superb Eversharp nib, still as fine an instrument as it was in the company’s glory years. The pens themselves are reliable and straightforward lever fillers. They will continue to give excellent service for many years to come.