I'm tempted to call this the Herringbone 3 as it's the 3rd iteration of the model since YAFA purchased the brand many years ago. You can see the previous versions here and here. It most ways it's a completely different model however, as Conklin has reduced both the size -- and price -- while retaining the spectacular Herringbone pattern.
This version measures 5-3/4" capped, 6-1/4" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside. Although noticeably slimmer, it's actually a slightly heftier pen (or at least feels that way, perhaps because of being more compact) than the previous versions. It's very comfortable in anyone's hand.
As you can see, the pen is now a torpedo or cigar shape, with chromed finials. The cap band displays 'Herringbone', flanked by 6 of the Conklin 'C' crescent symbols. The standard Conklin clip has the usual 'Conklin' script.
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
From Conklin's website:
The new Conklin Herringbone series combines vintage appeal with a modern bold style and elegance. The unique Herringbone pattern itself is achieved by using a very precise computerized engraving machine to cut the deep pattern into the solid metal barrel. This elegant pattern, reminiscent of the Conklin crescent shape, is seen underneath a special translucent colored lacquer and coated with several layers of epoxy for protection and brightness. The heavy chromium clip is engraved with the legendary “Conklin” trademarked name and font and the center ring is engraved with the Conklin “C” surrounded by four Conklin crescent shapes on each side. The fountain pen fills via standard cartridge / converter (included) and is available in fine, medium and 1.1mm stub point sizes. The matching twist ballpoint is perfectly balanced and fills with standard P1 ballpoint of P4 gel refills.
Find additional information on the Conklin Herringbone website.
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Revised: December 8th, 2022