The 1920s Blackbirds remain common. They were big sellers to school pupils and students, being priced lower than Swans though they were built with the same quality. Perhaps the most common Blackbird of that period was the BB2/60 but there are others, similar in appearance but without any model number. Some have ladder feeds, others have the older “spoon” type feed.
This is such a pen. The flat-top cap is entirely smooth. The barrel has faint chasing but the imprint seems unworn. The imprint describes it simply as a Blackbird Self-Filler and the pen was made in England. Blackbirds were quite a bit cheaper than Swans and most of the saving was in the nib. The material of the nib is thinner than Swan nibs and the tail of the nib is shorter too providing a considerable saving in gold.
Though the nibs write very well they are a little more fragile than Swan nibs and, as a consequence, Blackbird nibs are always in short supply.
The nib in this pen, happily, is in perfect condition, a medium with some flexibility. The lever is chrome plated, again a small saving from gold plated trim. The barrel has a gentle taper and the section is concave, making it pleasant to hold and write.
These 1920s blackbirds are practical pens, quite comparable with any pen being produced today. I’ve always had a Blackbird or two in my own accumulation of pens. They make very good everyday writers. They carry their ninety-odd years very well.