Mabie Todd Blackbird 5261
December 23, 2015 8 Comments
This Blackbird 5261 is in splendid condition, almost as if it came out of the shop today. Actually, it has been used but perhaps very little. I flushed blue ink out of it. The sac that I removed appeared to have been the original. The chasing is nice and sharp, as are the barrel and cap imprints. The chrome plating on both clip and lever is excellent. It is an adequately sized pen at 12.5 cm. The nib is medium and semiflexible.
Looking at this pen, I wonder what is the difference between Blackbird and Swan. I know that gold has been saved on the nib of the Blackbird: it’s both shorter and thinner, but otherwise I struggle to see any difference in quality. This pen is very similar to smaller black chased Swan lever fillers of the same period. Set them side-by-side where you can’t see the imprints and you would have difficulty in telling them apart.
Considering the splendid condition of this pen I suspect that it has been in a box until very recently. You just don’t see 1930s pens as bright and shiny as this if they’ve been kicking around in a drawer.