Mabie Todd Swan 100/60
April 17, 2013 Leave a comment
Life can be such a nuisance at times, you know? You just can’t get a thing done for life getting in the way, tripping you up and blocking you at every turn. Hence the lack of posts recently. I hope life is going to back off and behave itself and let me get on with some work.
This is a Swan 100/60. No SM or SF, just 100/60. It’s a plain pen, essentially just two BCHR tubes with a little bit of taper at the end of the barrel. It reminds one of its immediate predecessor, the SF1 and points further back to the eyedropper fillers of a few years previously. However it has the handsome fixed clip that became a Swan icon, and it is embellished with a broad cap band. The hallmark tells us the band was made in London in 1924 – 1925 and it is 18 carat. That fits with the date I would put the pen at, so it’s not a later addition.
The nib is, though, because this pen should have a No 1 nib, rather than this No 2. I’m going to leave it there, though, because it fits well and has clearly been there for a long time. It’s a lively and characterful semi-flex.