It would take a page or two to list all the ways that the latex sac has been used to fill pens and I don’t plan to do that – not here, at least. The ones that most interest me are the two most common and one that is limited to Mabie Todd alone. There’s a hierarchy in those sac-fillers; for me the lever filler is at the bottom, next is the button filler and finally the Leverless.
The Leverless is sometimes referred to as a twist filler but I would reserve that term for filling systems in which the sac is twisted, like the AA Waterman 291M. In the Leverless one turns the button at the end of the barrel but the sac is not twisted. Instead it is compressed by the paddle.
The Leverless went into production in 1933 and this L330/60 is a slightly later example, produced in 1936. It is a handsome pen indeed with its two barrel bands and a band at the top of the cap, all of the “stacked coins” style. It has a Swan No. 3 keyhole nib, a variation applied to this particular model.
It isn’t especially long at 12.9cm capped but it has good girth. The celluloid of barrel and cap shines like new. The clip screw and turn-button are made from black hard rubber and their colour has changed over the years. I prefer to leave them as they are. The nib is a soft semi-flex medium. It glides smoothly over the page.
Such pens don’t turn up all that often. I appreciate its design and though I will have to part with it before long I will enjoy this pen while I have it.