Several days ago, after monitoring my email account for several hours and having several brief online chats with Jessica (at Goulet Pens) I received the notification that the Limited Edition Conklin Duraflex fountain pen was now available for ordering.
The one I ordered came in today's mail a few minutes ago. Okay, yes, I jumped to open the package immediately.
A quick flush with a drop of dish cleaning fluid and I am ready to write.
First off, this pen and nib will never be confused with with any wet noodle pen that I am familiar with. It's a nice writer, with some feedback (may do some smoothing after I get used to it) and it does have some flex when one applies a moderate amount of pressure.
The nib itself is a "western" fine nib (imo) and can be flexed to about 1 mm according to a ruler I have. Again, a moderate amount of pressure is required to get his line variation. With regular use over time the nib may loosen up some and be easier to work with/ manipulate.
I won't go into the measurements or details here because they are all available on the Goulet site https://www.gouletpe...lex/p/CK71477 . What I will do is describe my impressions of the pen.
The box that it arrived in has a somewhat more "upscale" feel to it than the other Monteverde pens I have purchased. The material is plusher on the outside and definitely on the inside. It's almost, well, Plush! Not sure how to describe it more clearly.
The pen itself is a dark black shiny resin with rose gold furniture. It harks back to the classy black pens of previous generations to some degree but with the bright "plasticy" look of a modern pen. Again, time and my carefulness will tell how well it ages in use. The finial has Conklin est 1898 on the top and there is the Conklin name and 384/1898 limited edition impression on the barrel. The ring at the base of the cap has the Conklin name also scripted along with some other "ccccc" (facing forward and backward) on its edge.
Closed, the capped pen measures 5 1/2" in length. Although it can be posted without being significantly back weighted, for me, posting makes it feel a little awkward. Also, because the cap only posts to the ring about 1/2 inch from the end of the barrel it doesn't seems secure although it did NOT feel particularly loose either.
One nice touch I noticed when I went to fill the pen was that it uses a screw-in type converter. The converter itself seems to be a nice one although I would not call it fancy. Just a good quality one. I must admit that I appreciate the screw-in converter of the simple push on type.
At $60.00 ($75.00 "suggested" retail price my opinion is it's a reasonably good value. especially as a "Limited Edition". The nib will probably be available on other "Conklin" pens and availability may be expanded to the all or part of the Monteverde product line.
Finally, for now, I am glad I was able to purchase this pen and look forward to using it in the future. I am still on the Goulet mailing list so I may end up purchasing another one (possibly as a gift) if I can do so conveniently when they are available again. Personally, I think the fountain pen community will see more of these types of nib options in the future. They may never approach the writing experience of vintage "wet noodles" or even really good flexible nibs and they will encourage and reward handwritten communications with more character and distinction.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Goulet Pens, Conklin Pens or Monteverde/Yafa.
Edited by Gloucesterman, 25 February 2018 - 01:45.