"Hi Norman, the order arrived
yesterday. Many thanks for the quick shipping and excellent service. The
Conklin Endura 2 writes beautifully - the F nib being a true fine and is very
smooth and fairly wet, just like I like them. The pen is quite a looker too! I
think these newer Conklins are one of the better pens out there and are much
under rated. All 4 that I have (5 nibs - got a spare stub) are superb writers
and very well made pens. Thanks!"
Norman, It is a very good feeling for me to write down memo on the paper. It is
a long time for me to feel the taste of nib again. Thanks for your fantastic
choice (M nib). I appreciate your recommendation. The ink flow is EXCELLENT
(with Waterman intense black) and the heft balance is FANTASTIC!"
See the ballpoint version here
Although this re-designed model is officially the Endura line of Conklin pens, I've taken the liberty of calling them the Endura 2, so as to differentiate them from the previous version. There are a number of differences, and to my mind improvements, in the '2'.
You can read more about the previous, retired version here, but let me just mention a few obvious changes. The Endura 2 is slightly shorter when capped, and a touch wider than the old version -- measuring 5-1/2" capped, 6-1/4" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside.
The body and cap have been rounded (the older version was 12-sided) and the clip and cap bands are now gold-plated rather than chromed. The clip is a big improvement, as Conklin stepped back in time to 'update' the Endura 2 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.
The engraving of 'Conklin' has been removed from the cap band, while the engraving of 'Trade Conklin Mark', 'Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.' and 'ENDURA' stand out in sharper relief on the barrel. Also, the pen no longer carries the gold-sparkle 'C' near the top of the cap, which many customers found to be 'cheesy'.
Perhaps the biggest change is in the selection of resin patterns and 'colors' of the new Endura 2. These are all winners as far as I'm concerned...whereas I wasn't that thrilled with the original selection (with the exception of the 'Smokey Grey', which has been carried on in spirit with the new 'Black/White').
All-in-all, I think the new Endura 2 is more sophisticated design, providing a 'classy' look that was missing in the original.
Unscrewing the cap displays the two-toned steel nib which is engraved with the Conklin brand name, the historic “Toledo, Ohio, USA” mark and a special crescent shaped breather hole. The nibs are available in M, F or the new stub sizes (the stub nib is monotone). 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.
The Conklin Endura 2 ballpoint is one of the most attractive ballpoints I've come across. It's a sharp design, and a total departure from the previous Endura ballpoint. The pen measures 5-1/2" with the refill extended.
The pen utilizes a twist action for point extension/retraction by twisting the top of the pen, and the Conklin ballpoint refills are of the readily available Parker-style form-factor. This also means that the pen can also accept Parker-style gel or rollerball refills, so it's really a multi-purpose writing instrument.
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!
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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: December 6th, 2013