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Conklin Duragraph: Cobalt Blue (M)
Posted 23 July 2007 - 13:45
Holy moley...what a big pen! Seriously, this thing is a baseball bat!
This flagship model of the Conklin lineup is made in a gorgeous blue resin that screams, ďPut me in coach! Iím ready to play!Ē
The styling, to me, is reminiscent of the flat-tops of the 20s and 30s. the cap is topped with a big sterling jewel stamped ďConklin Est. 1898.Ē The clip is a flat, fairly substantial piece of sterling, also stamped with Conklinís name. It tapers down to a flat-ball on the end. Thereís a lot of tension on this clip; once itís grabed onto something, it wonít let go. When it does, it gives a very audible ďClick!Ē when the ball comes back in contact with the cap.
The cap pays homage to the Duragraphs of years gone by, with 2 black rings etched into the resin (thereíre also two more on the barrel). The cap-band is sterling, engraved ďConklin DuragraphĒ, with the two words being separated by their signature ďCrescentĒ logo - another trademark of their storied history with the Crescent Fillers that Mark Twain used.
The barrel and section are both well-designed, and I love the fact that theyíre all the same color. The section is supremely comfortable for me, with my big hands. Love it!
Itís a big pen. If I had to guess, Iíd say that itís probably similar in size to a Pelikan M1000. Capped, the pen is 5.75 in., and posted, youíre looking at 6.625 in. The Pelikan might be a little longer when itís posted, and perhaps a little tiny bigger around (the Duragraph is 0.5 in.), but theyíd be awful close counterparts.
The pen is reasonably hefty, but not so big that you feel like youíre actually getting tired while using it. Itís a good size, and despite the big dimensions, it works fairly well for a long session.
Mine came with a medium, although I donít know that itíll stay that way forever (more on that in a minute). In practice, itís probably a half-size broad (maybe a quarter-size), which is in keeping with the standard Conklin gold nibs. Itís not as wide as the recent All-Americanís nibs, which I would suggest run somewhere along the lines of a full size broader than theyíre marked.
It can be a bit of a hard starter, though. Iíve flossed it a little, but itís probably more of a feed issue than a nib. Once it gets going, itís very smooth and fairly uniform in terms of line variation. Another nice thing about it (for me as a lefty, anyway) is that it writes a fairly dry line...therefore, itís typically dry by the time my hand is dragged over it.
Nothing terribly noteworthy here; itís a typical c/c filler. One thing I really do like about it, though, is the positive lock when fitting the converter to the nipple on the end of the feed. When it locks up, you know that it wonít go anywhere. Thatís a reassuring feeling to me.
Cost and Value
For this one, SWMBO paid full retail. I know itís available for less, but I think that this one is worth it (and those of you who know me well know that I donít pay full retail for ANYTHING!). She chose this one out of 20 or so other pens that she knew that I was considering (drooling counts as considering, right?), and Iím very happy that she chose this one. The color, size, and great nib make it a great value, and a worthy competitor to the Parker Duofold, the Pelikan M8XX/M1XXX series, and maybe even the Visconti Van Gogh. When purchased at the typical street price for one of these on the web, this pen is an outright steal.
Kara bought this one for me for out 5th wedding anniversary, and as such, itíll never be sold or traded. Itís the only pen that sheís ever chosen specifically for me, and that makes it very precious to me.
I plan to send this one off to a nib specialist, although at the time of this review, I havenít decided which one to send it to. My original thought was to have it ground to an XXF, but upon further reflection, Iím leaning more towards an XF stub, perhaps on the order of a 0.5mm, or maybe 0.4mm. Either way, Iíll be patient and be certain to make the right decision. Cost and wait time wonít be a factor with this pen, as itís so precious to me.
Posted 23 July 2007 - 14:44
Thanks for the review and for sharing it with the rest of the group!!! I just added your review to the master list.
Posted 23 July 2007 - 14:46
Posted 23 July 2007 - 15:34
- Cree Indian Proverb
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 17:28
The fact that it's a gorgeous pen is just a bonus. The really important part is that Kara picked it out for me.
Posted 23 July 2007 - 19:01
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 05:35
Happy anniversary! Enjoy your love for your wife AND your pen. We girls can give good surprises to our hubbies!