Many years ago our friend Allan gave my husband a fountain pen. It had been his father’s.
It’s a Conway Stewart 85 and it clearly hadn’t been used much. The gold plating is great and it had its original brown Conway Stewart sac. Unfortunately, though the nib is the original, it’s just an uninteresting nib to write with. The pen was set aside and lay in a box for many years.
Some time ago I got a Waterman that had an Esterbrook Relief nib shoehorned into it. Luckily, I had an appropriate Waterman nib and swapped them over. Looking for something else today, I came upon the Relief nib. A little light bulb came on over my head as it does in the cartoons.
Though the Relief nib is slightly smaller than the original nib from the 85, it slotted in quite well and gives good ink delivery. The Relief nib lays down a much nicer line. Allan’s father’s pen will be used a lot more!