The Swan SF2 is a big pen by any standards. It’s 14.3cm capped and a magnificent 17.7cm posted! Being black hard rubber it isn’t heavy, but the addition of a very broad 18ct cap band and an accommodation clip overbalance this old fellow slightly.
As you can see, there’s no difficulty about dating this one. That’s only one of the reasons why I enjoy personalisations, especially when they’re as well engraved as this one. Sad to say I don’t know who Jonathan Hardy was. There’s the New Zealander actor, but I don’t think he’s old enough.
As you can also see, this one’s Mabie Todd through and through, with the patented Swan Clip attached. You might notice that once upon a time the clip was gold plated but there’s very little left. I think we can forgive them that, as the one bit of plating on the pen, the lever, is in good order.
Still a great writer.
I must remember not to wear a red shirt when photographing shiny pens…