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Well, I can stand here and say never walk into a pen shop with the intent of "just looking". While trying out a variety of vintage pens I came across one nib I simply could not leave in the the display case, a Conklin 30 with an absolutely stunning nib.

 

The body of the pen is similar to many vintage pens in its appearance, the standard BCHR material and in this case a very nice perfectly functional crescent filler. The pen fills full and holds enough ink to sustain this ink cannon for a while.

 

The nib, did I mention the nib? This is where this pen truly shines, this is the kind of nib people, including me, dream of. The type of nib which simply cannot be matched today, a #3 size "Toledo" nib. A true wet noodle which will go from a medium/fine line to a BBB with little pressure, putting down ludicrous amounts of ink in the process. The only other type of nib I can compare this to is a dip nib really, the variation and responsiveness is amazingly fun. I attached some pics to try and give an idea of the nib and what it is capable of.

 

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nice snag! she's a beauty:)

 

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"Writing is 1/3 nib width & flex, 1/3 paper and 1/3 ink. In that order."Bo Bo Olson

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Well, I can stand here and say never walk into a pen shop with the intent of "just looking". While trying out a variety of vintage pens I came across one nib I simply could not leave in the the display case, a Conklin 30 with an absolutely stunning nib.

 

The body of the pen is similar to many vintage pens in its appearance, the standard BCHR material and in this case a very nice perfectly functional crescent filler. The pen fills full and holds enough ink to sustain this ink cannon for a while.

 

The nib, did I mention the nib? This is where this pen truly shines, this is the kind of nib people, including me, dream of. The type of nib which simply cannot be matched today, a #3 size "Toledo" nib. A true wet noodle which will go from a medium/fine line to a BBB with little pressure, putting down ludicrous amounts of ink in the process. The only other type of nib I can compare this to is a dip nib really, the variation and responsiveness is amazingly fun. I attached some pics to try and give an idea of the nib and what it is capable of.

 

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Conklin_2.jpg

 

Excellent review Brimic

 

Ur da man !!

Dentist... Guitar player (not playing these days).... And a fountain pen user like all of you!

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Nice! I dig the ink too, what is it?

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