Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Pencil Pen of Hinks and Wells


The old box duly opened and a steel pen sample retrieved from within and wedged into the rose opening of the pen holder, Palimpsest proclaimed herself ready to test Hinks and Wells Pencil Pen no. 3. 


Hinks and Wells were part of the thriving steel pen trade centred in Birmingham, the steel pen capital of the world in the 19th century. The company was formed in 1836 by George Wells who in 1852 took John Hinks as partner and the factory produced some 1.8 million gross of pens every year. They were mostly famous for their celebrated J pen, a blue or black nib with a J embossed on it. 

The Pencil Pen has no such claim to fame as its embossed colleague but a very good nib it is indeed. If it was named "Pencil" because of its smooth writing, it certainly lives up to its name. This is a brass nib with a short shank a round vent and an upturned tip.  There is very little flexibility. The nib takes to the ink immediately and writes comfortably holding a good amount of writing fluid. No scratching no skipping, the Pencil Pen is a smooth operator, all down to its short shank and curved tip that makes writing so pleasurable. 



It performed well with all the inks I tested it with: Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa, Diamine Burnt Sepia, Waterman Havana Brown, J. Herbin Vert Empire. I could write an average of 71 characters after one single dip.


The nib is marked "Pencil Pen Hinks, Wells & Co England 2836"; a large number 3 is imprinted next to the breather hole. Palimpsest is intrigued with the upturned tip, such a great detail in an otherwise unremarkable looking nib. It measures 3.5 cm from tip to base and 7 mm in width. Available to buy at Inklinks on Etsy. Check out the video by the Pen Pro.






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