Wednesday, June 22, 2011
During the recent conference downtown, I had a chance to get away to the Fountain Pen Hospital to check out some of their wares. One pen I saw online was Conklin's Herringbone series, based on Conklin's 1923 Duragraph pen. This new pen features a herringbone pattern engraved underneath a clear colored acrylic wrap that allows the pattern to show through.
On the website this pen looks like a subdued light pink. In person it practically glowed! It is one large pen, with a large nib and clip. I like the styling on this, the way Conklin has placed its name everywhere it can: the crown of the cap, the clip, and especially the nib where it's in a gold-plated oval surrounded by silvery iridium. The band around cap features the Conklin "C" and half-moon crescents.
Above is the pen next to a TWSBI fountain pen with a fine nib, as a comparison of the two sizes. While the capped TWSBI is slightly longer than the Conklin, the latter is a much bigger pen.
The bright, deep pink is only one of several colors for the Herringbone model, the other that I was interested in is a bright teal. If you're interested in a large, colorful, noticeable fountain pen than the Conklin Herringbone is for you.