"Today I am finally able to say that this pen
rocks. I really like it and it sure is striking looking. Some people might say
garish but I love it :) It writes smoothly too - can't ask anymore of a pen...I
have written with the pen a bit more now and I really
Although still called the Conklin Herringbone, I've decided to add '2' to its name, to distinguish it from its earlier iteration -- which can be seen here. The new pen's dimensions are a bit slimmer than the original, but these are still oversized pens at 5-1/2" capped, 6-1/2" posted and 5" with cap held aside. As Conklin states:
"Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-new Conklin Herringbone series combines vintage appeal with contemporary style and elegance. The distinctive herringbone pattern is etched deep into airplane-grade aluminum, allowing the writer to feel the textured surface through multiple coats of lacquer. The new slimmer profile fits comfortably into any hand, perfectly weighted and balanced for even the longest writing sessions. A new, all-black nib was designed expressly for the three models sporting black trim and is available in our three traditional point sizes (F, M, Stub). Fill with a rainbow of ink choices via the included converter system or standard international cartridges. The six striking colors are available in either twist-action ballpoint or capped rollerball."
Due to the optical properties of the herringbone pattern, my particular camera had a bit of difficulty in capturing the true color distinction between the Golden Yellow and the Sunrise Orange models. Please be assured that there is quite a difference to the naked eye and the two colors are quite distinct.
Even posted, these pens are very comfortable for long writing sessions and weigh less than their predecessors, which had several layers of epoxy applied on top of the lacquer surface, which provided for a glass-like finish. However, one of the reasons for the retirement of the original model was due to problems with cracking of that epoxy during manufacturing.
The new model has layers of lacquer as well, but one can slightly discern a feeling of the herringbone pattern beneath one's fingers...which I find quite pleasing.
The other most notable change is the use of black trim and nib on the Golden Yellow, Sunrise Orange and Majestic Purple versions -- as well as my multi-year fight for the creation of a stub nib! Additionally, the new model is fitted with Conklin's screw-in converter for added security, while the original model had a push-in one.
Unscrewing the cap (which friction posts on the barrel) displays the two-toned steel nib (on the versions with the chrome trim) which is engraved with the Conklin brand name, the historic “Toledo, Ohio, USA” mark and a special crescent shaped breather hole. The nibs are available in M, F or the stub sizes (the stub nib is monotone). I've found that the new, large Conklin nibs run about a size smaller than typical western nibs. Hence, I'd classify the M nib 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.
with satin lining
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!
Ordering Procedures & 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: August 22nd, 2014