A Swan No 6 Eternal Nib
February 16, 2013 Leave a comment
A No 6 Swan Eternal nib is a considerable lump of gold. I’m sure you could make a respectable wedding ring out of one. It’s not the biggest of the Swan nibs, of course. There’s the No 8, quite a bit larger still. I hadn’t seen one in the flesh, as it were, until recently. Eric had a very fine example to show me.
I took the opportunity to photograph this one while I had it out of the pen as the sac was drying. As many will be aware, re-saccing a Leverless makes for an unusual order of reassembly. First, the shellac on the sac and section have to dry completely – no shortcuts with this one! Then the sac has to be slid into the barrel with a dowel inside it to keep it extended and, last, the feed and nib can finally be fitted to complete the job. All this is because to work well a Leverless needs a barrel-filling size of sac, unlike lever-fillers and button-fillers. I used a No 22 sac on this 4660. Necked sacs are great for Leverlesses if you can find them.
The nib has been reunited with the pen now, ready for write-testing. A matching pencil goes along with this one. It was all Swans I restored this morning. I’m planning that my next upload to the sales site will be a Swan Fest!