"Dear Norman: If you quote me again, some of your
patrons will think Iím paid because of my other observations on the pens that
Iíve bought from you. But at the risk of it, I want to acknowledge receipt of
the Conklin Sunburst that I immediately flushed out as you advise and then
filled with my favorite Penquin Blue. It is a remarkable pen; the orange resin
much more complex and lovely than the pictures show. And when I started writing
I enjoyed the heft of the pen, the way it feels in the hand. But I was a little
unprepared for how smoothly and easily the nib glides over the surface of the
paper. So I think Iíll stick with it for a while as I start another article.
And let me say again how much I appreciate the care with which you reply to
these orders and the confidence we have that you check the nibs etc. Now letís
hope my wife goes to another concert soon."
[Whenever V's wife goes to a concert, he gets to buy a new fountain pen!]
"Norman, thanks for the HisNibs newsletter. My
Conklin Yellowstone drives like a Bentley Flying Spur--smooth ride, easy on the
corners, and looks good parked at STARBUCKS. Less expensive, too, and better
mileage. I told my friend, Joe, that the Yellowstone looks like a psychedelic
poster from Haight-Ashbury in the 60s. Looks as cool as it drives. Thanks for
the care you take in prepping the nibs and for your quick response and delivery.
I'm a HisNibs and Conklin fan now."
received. The All American writes smoothly and is a pleasure to hold."
Conklin has another hit with the new, oversized All American series. Measuring 5-5/8" capped, 6-1/2" posted and 5" with cap held aside, these pleasingly plump pens compare quite closely in size with the Montblanc 149, as can be seen here.
Conklin outdid themselves with their selection of resins for these pens. Each is really outstanding, especially in person -- and each individual pen is unique in appearance. In that regard, let me mention that for some reason my camera had the devil of a time in capturing the true color of the Tortoiseshell -- even applying photo-processing software. All of my photos are slightly more yellow/orange than the actual pens in hand. To me, the lighter shade shown is more like a cup of coffee with a bit of cream in it -- if that helps to visualize it!
Conklin's photo is a bit closer, but I actually find it too dark when comparing it to the actual pen. I guess their camera had a similar problem! In any case, I find it to be a gorgeous resin in person, and really gives a vintage look.
The Sunburst Orange version is just that! As my favorite color is orange, this hasn't left my pocket for a couple of days. It has iridescent inclusions and I would have been just as happy naming it Marmalade.
The pens come with the iconic Rocker Clip. The inspired Rocker Clip design is perfectly balanced and will easily fit and hold firm in a shirt, thick jacket or coat pocket -- and does so with one finger upon the top of the clip. Almost 100 years later, it's still a superior -- and often copied -- clip design. It's engraved with 'Conklin' in script.
Although the first two resins are spectacular, we've all seen something similar on other pen models (with good reason!). The Yellowstone is quite unlike anything that I've seen before. I wasn't too sure that this would be something I'd like when I first saw the photos from Conklin. Boy, was I in for a surprise. It's an inspired color combination -- and like its fellows -- has a self-same section. What a looker in person!!!!
The Old Glory uses a patriotic resin of blue, red and...not white! Actually, the resin is more of a light gray in appearance, but the intention remains pretty clear! As mentioned above, the clip is chromed on this version of the All American pen, as opposed to the gold-plate used on the others. Perhaps this is to be further suggestive of red, white & blue?
To quote from Conklin:
"During the 1930s, at the dawn of the depression, Conklin launched a collection that was priced more affordably to the general public. The 'All American' collection was offered in a variety of sizes, filling mechanisms and finishes with the aim of satisfying a growing market demand for good quality, but affordably priced writing instruments.
Drawing inspiration from Conklin's original models and the rich heritage of the brand, our new All American collection brings a vibrant, contemporary style to a timeless oversize streamlined design.
Crafted from hand made European high grade resins, the All American is impressively large in size, yet not so big as to be uncomfortable in the hand. The cap and barrel are carefully tapered to provide a perfect balance.
Offered in a choice of three finishes: vibrant Sunburst Orange, classic Tortoiseshell and the energetic Yellowstone, the All American pays homage to the classic designs of the vintage Conklin era.
The All American
Collection meets the requirements for those who want a large pen, one that
stands out in a crowd, but which still stays true to the classic style and
feel of the original Conklin designs."
The cap screws off of the barrel and is friction fit should you choose to post it. Unscrewing the cap displays the two-toned steel nib (the stub nib is monotone) which is engraved with the Conklin brand name and the historic ďToledo, Ohio, USAĒ mark. The nibs are available in M, F or the new stub sizes. I've found that the Conklin nibs run about a size smaller than typical western nibs. Hence, I'd classify the M as a fine and the F as an x-fine. The stub is a 1.1 mm medium. Please specify the nib size you'd like, by letter or 'stub' only, to avoid confusion when ordering.
IMPORTANT SERVICE NOTE: Every nib that ships from His Nibs is closely examined under high magnification and tuned or adjusted if needed. About 85% of modern nibs need some adjustment out-of-the-box from the manufacturer for an optimal writing experience. Most commonly, the tines of the nib are misaligned -- which would cause scratchiness at the minimum; the slit between the tines is partially or fully closed -- which would starve the nib of ink and at best cause skipping; or the slit between the tines is too wide -- which will either again cause skipping, or conversely, flooding. There are other factors -- such as separation of the nib from the feed -- that are inspected and repaired before any pen leaves the Palace.
The only 100% guarantee of course comes when the pen is actually filled with ink and written with for the first time, but our pre-shipping inspections and tunings have eliminated 99.99999 (my finger is getting tired) of the frustrations that a customer experiences when first using a new fountain pen. Although this can be time-consuming on occasion, it affords our customers a much more pleasant experience when receiving a fountain pen from His Nibs -- and saves us the frustration of dealing with returns!
Ordering Procedures & Returns
International customers, please note, we will not falsify shipping documents
Please send your order and shipping address (along with any questions) to:
We will email you back with your order total (PA residents please add 6% sales tax)
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If you would like us process your credit card directly instead, then please email us:
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Warranties and returns
If an item proves to be defective, in most cases the manufacturer's warranty will apply. However, please email us first so that we can determine the easiest way to resolve the problem to your satisfaction. In the case of fountain pens -- which are a bit more individualistic than other writing instruments -- what may at first appear to be a defect (hard starting or poor flow for example), can in almost all cases be resolved with a few simple 'tweaks' to the nib, which we'll be happy to guide you through or perhaps suggest returning to us for adjustment.
Should you wish to return a non-defective item within 3 days of receipt because it doesn't suit you for some reason, again please email us and we'll arrange an exchange, credit or refund (minus any shipping/insurance charges), if the item is returned in an 'as new' condition. If you've dipped a fountain pen to try its writing characteristics, kindly clean off any ink residue prior to shipping -- to save us both a nasty surprise .
We want you to be happy with your purchase from HisNibs.com and hope to have you join the ranks of our many long-term, repeat customers!
Revised: March 30th, 2017