"Hi Norman, the pen arrived yesterday. This is my first Conklin and first stub nib - very smooth writing pen, love it. With its amber body and black nib, this Duragraph looks beautiful and feels great! Thanks for your guidance."
R. D., Tustin, CA
"Norm! My first order - the Conklin with
1.1mm italic and Supergreen ink - has arrived. Thanks for the note.
This pen is AWESOME! It wrote from the get go - that has never
happened bar the very expensive Delta I have. I love the writing
style I have miraculously acquired! Ha I can actually read what I
have written. You are on a winner here Norm. Kudos to you from Down
Under - where it is a balmy 100 degrees F. Kind regards,"
"Hi Norman: Thanks for the beautiful
Conklin Duragraph "Cracked Ice" fountain pen. It just arrived,
certainly in time for Christmas! I knew the " F" would be closer to
an "EF" and that's just what I wanted. I love the high pen clip. As
always, so well set up, and after a little soap flush, a beautiful
writer. Thanks again and have a great Christmas!"
"Thanks, Norm! Lovely light well-balanced writer (stub) and it rhymes with the
writing table at the cafe!"
"Dear Norman, the Forest Green
Duragraph arrived today, and I can see why it is a popular seller. It is a most
attractive pen and well represents the proud history of the best pens of past
years. Even better, it is a fine writer and does not disappoint in the least.
Private Reserve Spearmint will be the perfect ink for this
pen, and I will need to order some once this Christmas madness is over. I love
the two-pen pouch that Lai Yee has made, and I
want you to thank her for the care she took to make it; thank you too, Norman,
for including it as a free gift with my order...Thank you very much for the fine
merchandise and excellent service during this past year, Norman. I hope you all
have a most wonderful Christmas and the very best in the New Year."
Conklin re-introduces a new -- and its most affordable pen series -- the Duragraph. Read more about the history of the original Duragraph here.
It appears that Delta pens of Italy is on its last legs financially at the time of this writing. Founded in 1982, Delta has produced over the past 35 years some of the world's finest fountain pens. When a collector thinks of Delta, most often the many models of the Dolcevita line -- with it's distinctive orange resin -- is what first comes to mind.
The American company YAFA, based in California, has been the U.S. distributor for Delta for much of that time -- and has often been involved in the design of new models. YAFA is also the manufacturer of Monteverde and Conklin pens. In homage and appreciation of Delta's Dolcevita line, the decision was taken to add a new pen to the Conklin Duragraph line -- the Orange Nights -- to preserve the iconic color scheme of the great Dolcevita models -- two of which are shown here on either side of the Duragraph (the Stout on the left and the 20th Anniversary lever-filler on the right).
Available in three spectacular hand-made resin patterns, each pen is inherently unique and no two will appear to be the same. These are full-sized pens, measuring 5-1/2" capped, 6-7/8" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside. Despite the length when posted, the pen is well balanced both posted and without cap, and still lightweight as it's a resin pen.
As many of you know, one of my personal favorite pens is the Monteverde Prima. One often occupies my shirt pocket for the day, and I find enough similarities with the Duragraph that I think this will be a pocket companion as well.
Conklin really hit a homerun with these gorgeous resins. The simple chrome trim allows all of one's attention to be focused on the unique to each pen resin patterns. The cap top is engraved with Conklin and est. 1898 in script, while the center cap band reprised Conklin beneath the clip and three crescents on either side of Duragraph upon the reverse.
The cap screws off of the barrel and is friction fit should you choose to post it. Unscrewing the cap displays the two-toned steel nib (the stub nib is monotone) which is engraved with the Conklin brand name and the historic “Toledo, Ohio, USA” mark. The nibs are available in M, F or the new stub sizes. I've found that the Conklin nibs run about a size smaller than typical western nibs. Hence, I'd classify the M as a fine and the F as an x-fine. The stub is a 1.1 mm medium. Please specify the nib size you'd like, by letter or 'stub' only, to avoid confusion when ordering.
From Conklin's website:
The Conklin Pen Company is recognized as being one of the first companies to add the feature of true mobility to daily writing.
Innovator Roy Conklin successfully created the first Self-filling fountain pen - promoted as 'a fountain pen that has its own stomach' which became much loved by renowned American author Mark Twain.
In 1923, the Duragraph model was launched, and shortly afterwards was considered to be 'the definitive' pen. The model was named by combining the words, durable and graph - Duragraph. Created to last as an heirloom to serve many generations, the Duragraph is offered with a lifetime guarantee.
The new Duragraph collection brings a fresh, modern style to this timeless oversize flat top design. Crafted from quality hand made resins, the Duragraph is substantial in size, yet not so large to be unwieldy in the hand.
Offered in a choice of three classic finishes, Amber, Cracked Ice and Forest Green, the Duragraph pays tribute to the classic designs of yesteryear. The cap top is embellished with the Conklin Est. 1898 logo and the cap band is engraved with the famous Duragraph model script font with three Conklin Crescent logos on either side of the model name.
Available in a choice of Fine, Medium or Stub nib grades, the Duragraph offers the ideal choice for your individual handwriting style. The cap top mounted clip allows the pen to sit low in the pocket, making this model a more practical choice for everyday use.
The fountain pen uses the reliable international cartridges converter (supplied) and the ballpoint is accompanied with a refill and accept the Monteverde P1 and P4 refills.
Each Conklin fine writing instrument is housed in a luxury gift presentation box lined with rich satin. Ideal as a perfect gift for yourself or a loved one, this model is the right size for both men and women who use fine writing instruments in their daily professional lives.
IMPORTANT SERVICE NOTE: Every nib that ships from His Nibs is closely examined under high magnification and tuned or adjusted if needed. About 85% of modern nibs need some adjustment out-of-the-box from the manufacturer for an optimal writing experience. Most commonly, the tines of the nib are misaligned -- which would cause scratchiness at the minimum; the slit between the tines is partially or fully closed -- which would starve the nib of ink and at best cause skipping; or the slit between the tines is too wide -- which will either again cause skipping, or conversely, flooding. There are other factors -- such as separation of the nib from the feed -- that are inspected and repaired before any pen leaves the Palace.
The only 100% guarantee of course comes when the pen is actually filled with ink and written with for the first time, but our pre-shipping inspections and tunings have eliminated 99.99999 (my finger is getting tired) of the frustrations that a customer experiences when first using a new fountain pen. Although this can be time-consuming on occasion, it affords our customers a much more pleasant experience when receiving a fountain pen from His Nibs -- and saves us the frustration of dealing with returns!
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Warranties and returns
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.
Should you wish to return a non-defective item within 3 days of receipt because it doesn't suit you for some reason, again please email us and we'll arrange an exchange, credit or refund (minus any shipping/insurance charges), if the item is returned in an 'as new' condition. If you've dipped a fountain pen to try its writing characteristics, kindly clean off any ink residue prior to shipping -- to save us both a nasty surprise .
We want you to be happy with your purchase from HisNibs.com and hope to have you join the ranks of our many long-term, repeat customers!
Revised: April 3rd, 2020