The Conway Stewart 205 is a mystery pen in some regards. It isn’t specifically mentioned in Stephen Hull’s Conway Stewart book. It closely resembles the more common 206. In fact the only real difference I can see is that the 206 had a fixed clip whereas it seems likely that the 205 came with an optional washer clip. My one has no clip.
I’m particularly fond of these early-ish Conway Stewarts. This one probably went into production in the early to mid twenties, so it’s among that group of pens where Conway Stewart was getting into its stride with manufacture rather than outsourcing. In appearance and style it’s a real Conway Stewart with its domed, knurled cap and flange lever.
I like a light pen – the lighter the better – and the 205 is very good in that regard. I no longer post my pens but if I did this pen would still weigh very little in the hand.
By now Conway Stewart were making good, solid pens that were meant to last. Though it isn’t far short of a century old, I don’t treat this pen as a cosseted antique. It’s a pen to be used, to take advantage of its splendid Conway Stewart nib, just a hair thicker than fine, beautifully smooth from the decades of use. Most of the pens that I write about will be for sale. This one isn’t. I will never part with it.
I enjoy the smooth warmth of the BHR. The pen has been used so much that the barrel imprint has almost disappeared. No modern pen quite matches the comfort of this old pen. In some respects age brings benefit that new pens will take decades to acquire.