So with that in mind, it shouldn't be too surprising that I wasn't really planning on purchasing the Conklin Glider that I am reviewing today. I happened to be browsing on the Green Board a few weeks back, and saw a really nice looking blue pen being advertised for sale. I have a thing for blue pens, and the price was very reasonable, so I jumped on it, not really knowing what to expect. The pen arrived a few days later and was even prettier than it appeared in the web photos. The color is called "Sapphire Blue", and the cap, barrel and section are all made out of the same marbled-blue acrylic material. The nib is made of polished steel, and clip and cap ring are also silver-colored. The filling system is a standard c/c, and the pen came with a reasonably sized converter.
The pen itself is large, at least when compared to the other pens in my collection. It measure 5 3/4 inches when capped, and 6 1/2 inches when posted. (141 mm capped, and 168 mm posted.) However, it is not a heavy pen, and it feels as if it is about the same weight as my Pelikan m600. The Glider is a very comfortable pen to hold, and is well-balanced, whether it is being used posted or unposted.
My Blue Pen Collection: Conklin Glider, Filcao Columbia "Gem of the Ocean," Pelikan m605, Parker 51, Parker Sonnet, Sheaffer NoNonsense.
My Glider originally came with a very smooth writing, steel nib. It wrote with a line that was somewhere between a fine and a medium, and seemed to be very reliable. I noted no hesitation or skipping after writing for a couple of pages. However, not being content to just leave it as it was, I decided to turn the nib into a stub nib. A stub nib, for those of you unfamiliar with the terminology, is a type of italic nib that has rounded edges and is smooth enough to be used for everyday writing. I had done a number of minor adjustments to some of my fountain pens in the past; I had even made stubs out of a couple of the "cheapies" that I had. However this was going to be the first time that I had ever modified one of my "nice" pens. It took me a number of hours yesterday evening and this afternoon getting the nib into it's new shape. All in all, it turned out pretty well. (I'll fill you in on the details later; the process wasn't entirely straightforward. )
The pen writes really nicely, now. It is a narrow stub, so there is only a small amount of line variation. However, it's smooth enough that I can write a long letter with almost as much speed as I can with a standard round nib.
So in conclusion, let me say that that I'm very pleased with my new blue pen. It is much nicer than I had expected it to be. It's attractive, reliable and very comfortable to hold. The marbled exterior adds a bit of interest to my otherwise understated (boring) pen collection and the stub nib adds a little bit of interest to my writing. It's definitely going to be a long-term member of my collection.
Edited by TMann, 14 November 2005 - 15:20.