Conway Stewart 27 Plum Hatched
March 21, 2014 3 Comments
Given my choice among the more opulent streamlined post-war Conway Stewarts, I would choose the 27 every time. It’s very similar to the No 60. It’s a little slimmer and it has a CS 5 nib rather than the Duro. Not everyone prefers the Duro. For me it’s a stiff and unresponsive nib whereas the CS 5, though not usually flexible, has a bit of spring in it that makes it much better to write with.
It’s true that the Conway Stewart No 58 doesn’t always come with a Duro nib. The CS 58 is the alternative, but it is often as nail-like as the Duro. In addition, I prefer the single wide band of the Conway Stewart 27 to the narrow/medium/narrow bands of the No 58. Together with lever and the clip, the broad band seems to establish a pleasing harmony, to my eye, at least.
There are some splendid patterns in the Conway Stewart 27 range. Like everyone else, I’m always on the look-out for the cracked ice, the herringbone colours and the tiger’s eye but I’ll happily settle for the more common but very lovely plum hatched.