Vintage Blackbird Self-Filler No.3 Lever Filled Fountain Pen 14k Gold Full Flex Nib

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Vintage Blackbird Self Filler No.3 Fountain Pen

By Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd 

Black Chased Hard Rubber

Made in England circa 1930’s

14k Gold Warranted Nib - Full Flex 

Lever Filled Fountain Pen: restored and ready to write

135mm Capped

 

Overview

A lovely vintage Blackbird in black chased hard rubber, with 'rippled' chevron pattern. 

This pen has an extraordinary nib, a warranted 14k gold nib, which was likely to be a replacement nib issued by Mabie Todd, or the original, as Blackbird pens were issued with nibs made by other manufacturers. 

Either way, the nib is a delight, it is a full flex nib, offering line variation from a fine to a double and even triple broad. It is not so 'flexy' as to be a wet noodle, it does allow for quicker writing, and it is not so wet as to be a wet noodle. 

A treasure for calligraphers and lovers of vintage flex nibs. They don't make them like this anymore! 

 

Condition

The fountain pen is in excellent condition.

 

Restoration

The pen has been taken apart, cleaned, polished and fitted with a new ink sac. The nib has been tuned and writes beautifully. 

 

Imperfections 

There are no major imperfections to note, no chips cracks or engravings

The pen shows a few signs of use commensurate with age, visible through discolouration of the barrel, (it is a lighter shade of black than the grip section)

Overall though a very well preserved pen 

 

Writing Style

The nib is a full flex beauty.

 It is not so wet as to be described as a 'wet noodle' but the line variation is considerable, and with light pressure you can move from a fine to a double broad with ease. 

Please see the writing sample in the photo gallery 

 

Measurements:

Capped: 135mm

Uncapped: 114mm

Posted: 154mm

Diameter: 10mm

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