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#1 Innes Cate

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:51 AM

Hi 

 

I am restoring a couple of Conway Stewart 388's.   Pen One is in original condition and I don't have the need to knock out the nib so cannot identify it size number.   Pen Two 388 does not have a nib.   Checking with the Jonathan Donahaye site it states the nib is a CS5N.

 

I have a spare CS5 nib that looks to be the same length as Pen One's nib but a lot broader and would be too wide for the feed.     I am thinking the N perhaps stands for 'narrow' which would explain the difference?

 

If anyone could clarify this for me would be most helpful. 

 

Innes

 

 



#2 AndyR

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 07:01 AM

H Innes,

 

I had always assumed that a 5 and a 5N nib were formed from the same flat blank, but the 5N was formed with a tighter curvature so, as you say, it was designed for the smaller diameter pens, hence N for narrow. However, checking the nib price lists, the 5N was always cheaper than the 5 nib, so that may not be the case after all. It shouldn't be too hard to find a spare, you could try a CS specialist such as Barry Rose at Writetime, or a good repairman such as Henry Simpole.

 

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#3 Innes Cate

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 09:12 PM

H Innes,

 

I had always assumed that a 5 and a 5N nib were formed from the same flat blank, but the 5N was formed with a tighter curvature so, as you say, it was designed for the smaller diameter pens, hence N for narrow. However, checking the nib price lists, the 5N was always cheaper than the 5 nib, so that may not be the case after all. It shouldn't be too hard to find a spare, you could try a CS specialist such as Barry Rose at Writetime, or a good repairman such as Henry Simpole.

 

Andy

 

Thanks for the leads Andy

 

Innes



#4 Peterg

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 09:39 PM

The 388 is quite a long but slim pen, hence it has the large 5 nib but, as Andy said, it is a narrow version, rather than the wider versions found on the 286 and 475.






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