November 15, 2015 17 Comments
The Mentmore Supreme was introduced in 1940 and was one of the pens that Mentmore continued to make throughout the Second World War. It must have remained on sale into the sixties because my husband had one when he was in high school. It was their first full-size cigar shaped pen, the fashionable shape of the time. This one is in a pleasing red (forgive the dark photos) and it’s a rather a smart pen with its concave clip and milled cap ring. It’s a lever filler and, unnecessarily for this filling mechanism, the section is threaded. Perhaps they saw it as an additional bit of quality thrown in. The nib is small but not tiny as some of the Wyverns were. It’s a medium point with some flex and it’s very pleasant to write with.
I have a feeling that this might be the last gold-nibbed Mentmore. If not, it’s pretty close. After this, it was Platignums with steel nibs. The company made much of the fact that it took much research and trial and error before a steel nib with hard tipping material could be produced.
Considering that their pens were aimed at the school market it makes sense to make the considerable price reduction that was gained by going from gold to steel. The company didn’t lose by it: hundreds of thousands of steel-nibbed Platignum school pens were sold in the sixties and seventies