A Flexible Swan 3120

 

As those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know, I broadened my horizons a while back.  I’d been a dedicated user of flexible nibs for years, but I tried using firm nibs and stuck with them until I began to understand the undoubted charm that many of them have too.

I usually have a flex pen or two, though.  My everyday user these days is a sadly beat-up Conklin Endura Symetrik.  It’s nothing to look at but it writes well with enough flexibility to allow the odd flourish.  Luckily I also had a full flex pen today when a Spanish customer who is a calligrapher came looking for one.
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It’s a Swan 3120, the dark blue version of the No 1-nibbed Swan.  This one has the brass threads, so it’s the first run of the post-war redesigned Swans, made in 1948 or 1949.

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The nibs on these pens give little hint of their capability, the only clue with the present pen is that the tines are widely-gapped to enhance ink flow to keep up with the demands of the flexed nib.
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It has no difficulty keeping up though the nib certainly makes some large demands.  Unflexed, it’s a narrow medium, flexed it’s… well, judge for yourselves.  It snaps back to its unflexed state instantly, too.  Those little No 1 nibs never fail to impress.

It’s on its way to Spain now, to the hands of someone who can make infinitely better use of it than I can.

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About goodwriterspens
I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

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