This Special Edition Fountain Pen from Conway Stewart was inspired by one of the most important literary figures in English history. At first glance this pen looks like it has a complex pattern engraved on the cap and barrel, however only upon closer inspection it is possible to read two famous poems by Rudyard Kipling.
Kiplingís works of prose and poetry have inspired generations, while also serving to reflect the great changes in the history and structure of the British Empire.
Kiplingís work is reflected in this Special Edition through a unique process that engraves two of his most famous poems along the length of both the cap and barrel. From a distance this appears as an elegant abstract pattern, when viewed close at hand, it is revealed as text from the works If and The Elephantís Child.
The 1896 poem If is an inspirational poem celebrating the British spirit of the Victorian era, where fortitude in the face of adversity, self restraint, and a ready assumption of duty and honour were accepted as part and parcel of life in the Empire. Revered since its first publication, and even today considered to be an inspiring work.
This pen makes a bold statement through its innovative use of engraved text to form a tightly formatted pattern on cap and barrel and only upon close inspection can the owner can read two of the great works from Kipling.
Fashioned of rich jet black resin, the Kipling writing instrument is further adorned with polished solid 18 carat gold trim. The nib is also solid 18 carat gold, with a medium writing tip. This special edition pen is housed in the exclusive Conway Stewart luxury diamond shape packaging and the first 100 orders received were accompanied by a parchment copy of the 'If' poem.
The Kipling is a mid sized pen, with both cap and barrel perfectly weighted to ensure balance in the hand. Filling is via the reliable cartridge converter system, making this pen a perfectly and practical accessory as well as a beautiful celebration of one of Englandís greatest poet. The centre cap band is made of 18 Carat gold and is is hallmarked by the London Assay office, the other side of the band simply has the word Kipling engraved upon it. Pen carries the Limited Edition number: 122
Nib and Ink Feed
Solid 18ct Gold Conway Stewart medium tipped nib. Stamped with C.S signet and 'Conway - Stewart - 18 ct Gold - Mí. Nib is a lovely smooth writer having moderate flex.
Measurements and Specifications
Capped Length: 5.51" (140 mm)
Posted Length: 6.53" (166 mm)
Barrel Length (including Nib): 5.12" (132 mm)
Cap Length: 2.36" (60.0mm)
Cap Diameter: 0.59" (15.0 mm)
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.52" (13.18 mm)
Nib: 18ct Gold - Medium Tip - Moderate Flex
Filling System: Bottle Ink Convertor
Cap Closure: Screw On (May be Posted on Rear of Barrel)
Pen Weight: 35.0 g
No restoration required, pen is as new. The pen has been carefully serviced. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished (any polishing wax removed from stamped wording impressions). Reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean water.
Pen barrel and cap are free from scratches, with no dents, cracks or hairlines. There are no personalisation. Gold plating to pocket clip and 18 carat cap ring is excellent. Cap to barrel threads firm and positive. Firm pocket clip. Overall pen is ready to write and is in near mint condition. Pen is supplied in original Conway Stewart luxury case, warranty/authenticity certificate, and outer card box.
The Kipling is a rare Limited Edition writing instrument, sort after by Conway Stewart collectors and pen lovers alike. It is medium size pen that sits easily in the hand and is well balanced. The pen is most appreciated when looked upon closely, the two poem heat stamped cap and barrel is a tribute to both Kipling's works and the Conway Stewart design engineers.