Monteverde (and sister-company
Conklin) add stub nibs!
am still enjoying the Conklins and the stub nibs. They are perfect for the
letters that I write to my older friends in other states. Those folks are also
in my age bracket and older so the stub nib provides a decent sized image for
easy reading. One elderly couple particularly dear to my heart , have friends
come by to read the letters as well . These are older people who are retired
or home bound and do not have the net. The letters to them are a link to a by
gone age of personal contact, pleasant memories and serve to initiate memories
and conversations among the readers. I was recently told that the letters
were more important to them than phone calls from their relatives. They wait
for the letters. The letters written with the pens that you provide. It makes
me wonder how many lives you have touched and were totally unaware of it ! The
pen that you provide plays an assigned part in a wondrous chain of
communication extrapolation, What a sensory overload that is !!!"
The Conklin Pen Company was established in 1898
and is regarded as one of the most significant and innovative manufacturers from
the golden era of fountain pens. Having produced such models as the Crescent
Filler, Endura, Nozac and Glider, Conklin Fountain Pens are valued by collectors
and admired by pen enthusiasts throughout the world.
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For those of you who are not familiar with what a
nib is, think 'italic' or 'calligraphy' nib, but without the
Typically, such a italic or calligraphy nib has quite sharp edges, as compared to a conventional nib...hence my crack about 'paper-tearing' before. Unless care is taken, an edge can sometimes snag on the paper. That, and the fact that these nibs often have a slightly smaller 'sweet spot' than a conventional nib, can cause the writer to need to pay more attention to the mechanics of writing, and tends to slow down the process slightly. However, it's usually a fair trade, because of the 'beautiful writing' -- which is what calligraphy means -- that is produced.
Enter my favorite nib...the stub!...and why I'm so happy to see it's addition to the Monteverde and Conklin line-up. In simple terms, a stub is an italic nib with smooth, rounded edges. Hence, you achieve the beautiful, 'shaded' writing of an italic/calligraphy nib, but with the speed, smoothness and comfort of a conventional nib. The paper-tearing fear is eliminated! It can still take a slight adjustment to find the somewhat smaller sweet-spot, compared to a conventional ball-nib, but a couple of minutes should take care of that learning curve forever.
This nib modification allows for a thick line of ink in one direction (vertically, let's say), and a thinner one as the nib travels horizontally, as shown below.
Consequently, one's 'hand' becomes more 'shaded', meaning a combination of thicker/thinner lines become apparent. My 'hand' is nothing to write home about, but if you enlarge the image above, take a look at the fourth line -- written with the stub nib -- and focus on the second word...'is'. If you look at the beginning of the 'i' in the word 'is', you'll see that it begins much thinner than the rest of the letter. Compare that to the 'i's in the three lines above it, written with conventional nibs. That's the 'shading' I'm talking about, and it becomes much more apparent with a full page of handwriting (and a better handwriter!).
The Monteverde/Conklin stub nibs are 1.1 mm across, which is generally considered to be in the medium range (don't get me started on the lack of standardization of nib sizes -- one person's medium is another's fine! ). In the current Monteverde line, they're available for the Invincia, Color Fusion, Titanium, Prima and Regatta lines (I haven't had a chance to put up a page for the new Regatta or Invincia Deluxe carbon-fiber pens yet -- both shown in the video -- but they are available for ordering now). The nibs are available in 'silver' steel or 'black' steel coated in titanium.
As for Conklin, the Conklin stub is available for all models except the Symetrik, which uses a smaller nib, and the limited edition Deco Crest.
For either Monteverde or Conklin, the stub nib can be specified when ordering -- or if you'd like a one of the stub nibs for a Monteverde or Conklin that you already own, they're available for $24.00 each.
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If an item proves to be defective, in most cases the manufacturer's warranty will apply. However, please email us first so that we can determine the easiest way to resolve the problem to your satisfaction. In the case of fountain pens -- which are a bit more individualistic than other writing instruments -- what may at first appear to be a defect (hard starting or poor flow for example), can in almost all cases be resolved with a few simple 'tweaks' to the nib, which we'll be happy to guide you through or perhaps suggest returning to us for adjustment.
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Revised: April 10th, 2023