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Conklin Mark Twain Signature Levenger Limited Edition: Black (F)


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#1 rroossinck

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 12:36

First Impressions
Itís a big pen. Nicely sized. Comes in a great big box.

Appearance
This one is an absolute stunner. Black w/sterling silver trim. Looks exquisite, and that big nib is cíest magnifique! This one would look very much at home at a black tie affair.

Design
Itís well-designed. Bonus points for the most comfortable section I think Iíve ever written with. Weight is very nicely balanced as well. This one wouldn't tire you out if you wrote with it for a couple of hours straight.

Nib
Itís big, two-toned 14k, and has a nice bit of spring to it! Looks terrific, and writes very nicely, too! When I got it, it was a medium nib and there were problems with the feed. I sent it back to Conklin and they promptly replaced the nib with a Fine, and a new feed. Upon getting it back and flushing it with a dishsoap/water mix, it worked great.

Filling System
Converter - nothing special here.

Cost and Value
For what I paid for it when purchasing it new...itís been the best pen value Iíve ever had. I kick myself once a day for selling it.

Conclusion
If you ever have the chance to get this pen (specifically, a Levenger LE), get it. The 14k nib is stellar, and the pen is just beautiful.

For pictures, see the thread here.

Edited by rroossinck, 19 July 2007 - 16:02.


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Posted 29 May 2007 - 15:00

Thanks for the review.I have one Conklin and like it very much.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 20:57

Excellent review. What's the difference between the Levenger LE and the regular Mark Twain Signature? The 14K nib? The size of the pen?


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Posted 30 May 2007 - 21:25

14k nib and sterling furniture. Other than that, they're the same dimensions, etc.

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 03:13

That is a great looking pen. I am going to have to try and find one. Thanks for the review.
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Posted 29 June 2007 - 01:43


Just so happens that I am seriously looking at this pen for my next purchase. Would you say it's a large pen, something along the lines of a Pelikan Souveran 800? I have big hands and regular sized barrels just don't work for me. Very well written review by the way. Thanks.

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 14:28

I had one of these and thought the 14k nib really made this pen. I would have kept it if it weren't for the crescent filling version I already have. The other really cool feature on this pen is the clip, which is spring-loaded and very user friendly. If I could change anything about the crescent filler version it would certainly be that. Great review!

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 15:15

jkondave - I don't know if it's as big (diameter-wise) as an M800, but I've got big paws too, and this one fit me really well.

Strangely enough, though, my wife (who has small hands) found this one quite comfortable too.

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 14:09

It's more in the m600 range, though slightly thicker. And I have to concur that this pen felt very good in the hand for me too.






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