The Thin Blackbird Fount Pen


DSCF2764This is the Thin Blackbird Fountpen and it certainly is thin when compared with the BB2/60, but it’s not as thin as the original Fountpen, an eyedropper filler of 1911.


The first lever filler Blackbird was introduced in 1922.  I suspect that was the Blackbird Self-Filling Pen with no assigned model number and a spoon feed.  Sometime soon after that (I assume) it was replaced with the BB2/60 which had a ladder feed.  As the  Thin Fountpen resembles the BB2/60 so closely and also has a ladder feed, it would be my guess that its dates are roughly the same.


Why did Mabie Todd produce the Thin Fountpen?  It’s unlikely we’ll ever get an explanation, so we’re free to speculate.  Fountain pens started thin because they copied the style of dip pens.  Around 1920 they started getting noticeably thicker, as their dip pen ancestry drifted into the past and people wanted a pen that held plenty of ink in a sac inside the barrel, necessitating a thicker pen.  That might not have suited everybody, and there may have been customers who asked for a traditional, thin pen.  Perhaps the Blackbird Thin Fountpen was the result.  They’re not common, perhaps because the demand for them turned out to be less than expected and they were dropped after a short production run.

2 thoughts on “The Thin Blackbird Fount Pen

  1. Hallo, I have a thin blackbird fount pen. But the cap is missing and the inksack is also missing. But is was the pen of my grandfather and I ask you if those things are to fix? And the price of these things? I live in the north of the Netherland and my English is not verry good. Hoping you Will write me an answer.
    Greetings, G. Plat.

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