This Swan No 4 Leverless is an impressive and comparatively large pen at 13.2 cm capped. The trim is good with three cap rings and a gilt Swan logo on top of the cap.
I have heard it said that numbers were not stamped on the barrels during World War II. I think there’s a bit more to it than that – I’ve seen plenty of nineteen fifties Swans with no numbers. Be that as it may, I believe this to be a wartime pen.
There is an especial depth to Swan marbling. Stare at it for a while and you begin to feel that you could plunge into its depths. There is black, dark green and several shades of lighter green here. Most attractive.
Referring back to the model numbers, this pen doesn’t have one but if it did it would be 1041. It has an Eternal nib. These nibs come in for a bit of obloquoy in some of the pen discussion boards. The flex kids think that theirs is the only game in town and an inflexible nib is a nail and unworthy of consideration. That’s the limitation of their view. The Eternal is a magnificent nib, robust, smooth and impressive. Its inflexibility makes for fast, accurate writing, which is what most of us want.