Conway Stewart 55
November 1, 2015 2 Comments
Astonishing though it may seem, it appears I have never written about the Conway Stewart 55. It’s one of Conway Stewart’s best and most popular pens in the post-war period. It closely resembles the even more popular 388 but it is larger in all its dimensions and, of course, it has the Duro nib. It’s not a huge pen by modern standards at 13.3 cm but posted it’s a very considerable 16.2 cm.
It’s the successor to the 45 which, as a short-lived wartime pen had but a single cap-ring instead of the 55’s narrow – medium – narrow set. In other respects it’s quite similar. Unlike most post-war Conway Stewarts it isn’t cigar shaped but, like the 388, has a barrel that is straight-sided with an abrupt taper at the end.
These pens, like all the Duro models, are quite sought after, particularly the colourful patterned ones. They are not just collector’s pieces though, as they make excellent writers, well-balanced and comfortable in the hand. In many respects, the 55 is one of the best Conway Stewarts. Most Duro nibs are firm.