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Conklin Classic From Goulet Pens? Any Recommendations?

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#21 gerigo

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 20:39

I understand what you're saying. I have ebonite pens from India that cost $12, the Conklin Classic which is over $100, Eboyas which cost close to $400, and the KOP which is close to $800. Yes of course the other 2 pens are "not in the same category" because they have gold nibs. But in essence they all have ebonite bodies, and I love them all.

 

 

I don't think it's unfair at all, considering the OP asked if it was a worthwhile purchase.  And if you look at a few reviews on Goulet's site of this pen, a few customers have been unsatisfied with the build quality, while others love it.  So there it's not a case of "This is made in Italy so it's a cut above Indian pens."  It's the typical Conklin experience.  If you get a good one, great.  If you don't, it'll be "okay."  In this case, if it's "Okay," it's $140.  It's not a $40 Duragraph you can just accept if the threads are a bit sticky.  I think it's very fair to say "There are other options here."

 

We aren't comparing a Mercedes with a Toyota.  We're comparing pens made of ebonite, with the same shape, with the same nib, with the same filling system.  It's not apples to oranges.  It's comparing different apples.



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#22 eharriett

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 20:39

 

I don't think it's unfair at all, considering the OP asked if it was a worthwhile purchase.  And if you look at a few reviews on Goulet's site of this pen, a few customers have been unsatisfied with the build quality, while others love it.  So there it's not a case of "This is made in Italy so it's a cut above Indian pens."  It's the typical Conklin experience.  If you get a good one, great.  If you don't, it'll be "okay."  In this case, if it's "Okay," it's $140.  It's not a $40 Duragraph you can just accept if the threads are a bit sticky.  I think it's very fair to say "There are other options here."

 

We aren't comparing a Mercedes with a Toyota.  We're comparing pens made of ebonite, with the same shape, with the same nib, with the same filling system.  It's not apples to oranges.  It's comparing different apples.

Well that's a good point.  I was wondering if anyone else noticed some of those reviews.



#23 Kevan

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 21:07

Unless someone thinks I have an axe to grind or something, I *love* Ebonite pens.  It's my favorite pen material.  I love how it feels, I love how it smells.  It blows acrylic away IMO.  And if I hadn't already bought enough pens in November and December, I'd probably seriously think of buying one of these, even though it's close to a Ranga model 3.  I think the Firelines is gorgeous....but then again, I love that woodgrain red ebonite, since I have a Bexley Prometheus in the same material.

 

The Conklin clip is great.  The pen looks great.  I just am sitting here with several Rangas, and even though we've all gone to great lengths to justify pen purchases, especially ones that are more expensive than they probably should be, I'm replenishing my pen budget for the new Stipula Etruria.  I couldn't get the Conklin just to see if I'm wrong about it.  Part of me wants to....make no mistake.  But I can't.



#24 TSherbs

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 21:38

 

...So there it's not a case of "This is made in Italy so it's a cut above Indian pens."  It's the typical Conklin experience.  If you get a good one, great.  If you don't, it'll be "okay."  ...

 

Generalizations about build quality by country are rarely helpful because of how often they are inaccurate in specific circumstances. The same is true when we generalize about people by country (side note).  ;)



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Posted 01 March 2018 - 23:01

I don't think it's unfair at all, considering the OP asked if it was a worthwhile purchase.  And if you look at a few reviews on Goulet's site of this pen, a few customers have been unsatisfied with the build quality, while others love it.  So there it's not a case of "This is made in Italy so it's a cut above Indian pens."  It's the typical Conklin experience.  If you get a good one, great.  If you don't, it'll be "okay."  In this case, if it's "Okay," it's $140.  It's not a $40 Duragraph you can just accept if the threads are a bit sticky.  I think it's very fair to say "There are other options here."
 
We aren't comparing a Mercedes with a Toyota.  We're comparing pens made of ebonite, with the same shape, with the same nib, with the same filling system.  It's not apples to oranges.  It's comparing different apples.

+1

When your wanting to know if the writing experience will be any different than other ebonite pens, especially ones with the exact same design, its fair to understand that it really isnt between what you will find with Ranga or Asa, and the Conklin Classic. These companies also appear to be open to making these pens with customer provided material as well, so if you like a different ebonite better it can be used instead while still being cheaper than the Classic. I have seen no difference in the customer service between these companies, their distributors, and Goulet, they all are great, and very responsive. I have yet to need to return, adjust, or repair an Indian ebonite pen.

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 19:02

I was also quite interested in the pen a while ago, especially the pumpkin spice color. However, the price seems a little steep for me. If it has a gold nib at the current price point or a crescent filler or as is and below $100, I would be very tempted.

"special edition, produced in single batch that will only be available for a period of time " is essentially marketing and just don't get fooled by that. IMO, these are just vague words no one can verify. What does a special edition mean? How large is this single batch? How long is this a period of time? Even if it's really in the sense people will normally interpret, none of these will make the pen better than what it actually is.

If you seriously want a modern Conklin, I would suggest get a crescent filler. The steel nibbed older version normally runs well under $100, including those "limited editions". The gold nibbed newer flattop version, limited edition as well, can also be found at $175. They are better values IMO.

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 13:01

If you seriously want a modern Conklin, I would suggest get a crescent filler. The steel nibbed older version normally runs well under $100, including those "limited editions". The gold nibbed newer flattop version, limited edition as well, can also be found at $175. They are better values IMO.

 

Thanks... appreciate your advice.







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