"Dear Norman, I have been using
all of my CONKLINs copiously since receiving them and am now a true believer.
The CONKLIN is truly a working man’s pen. I have decided that the Glider will be
the “ plow horse “ of my bunch for everyday field work . My coral Glider has
held up under some pretty extreme conditions that it were never designed or
intended to endure. It is still working flawlessly and appears no worse for
wear. Therefore, with howls of approval from my “students”, I wish to purchase a
black CONKLIN CHASED GLIDER with a “B” nib. This decision was voted on by the
current training class and received the canine equivalent of a military “
OOOOOOO RAH “ !"
"Hi Norman, I received the pen yesterday. That
was very fast. And the best thing: Customs did not intercept it! It is a very
nice pen, with a great vintage look! It writes very well. I am very pleased
with it. Thank you very much and until the next time!"
"Norman, the 'Glider' is absolutely perfect!
Thank you for providing quality instruments and stellar customer service."
See the ballpoint version here
The Conklin company has described the new Glider well, so let me quote them directly:
"The latest addition to Conklin’s® legendary pen collection is the Glider Chase Design. The process of Chasing is used to create a beautiful and fascinating decorative design and texture that is embedded into the surface of the pen's material. In the 1900s, most pens were made of hard black rubber. Chasing became a popular process to add creative and intricate design to the otherwise common look of a simple black pen. The complicated and delicate hand engraving or chasing afforded talented artists the opportunity to show and display their unique abilities. Since the Chasing process required excellent skills and was very time consuming, it added great value to the pen. The Chasing process is also known as Guilloché from the French word for the tool which was used to cut the engraved grooves into the material to create the hand-made design.
Today, pens are made from resins instead of hard rubber. However, Conklin® is proud to offer a vintage Chase Design on black, coral and ivory resin that is worthy of the legendary Conklin® pen. The classic pattern selected is called Rick-Rack Chase Design, and was chosen because the wavy design is reminiscent of the famous “C” of the Conklin® name and logo. The Conklin® pen company is hard at work to re-create its original designs and offer modern pens with classic vintage flair."
The Glider fountain pen measures 5-3/8" capped, 6-1/2" posted and 4-3/4" with cap held aside. Although certainly a full-sized pen, it's comfortably light weight due to its resin construction.
After noticing the beautiful chasing of the Glider series of pens, you'll also probably notice the different coloration used for the clip, cap band and cap top of the three versions. The Black and Coral both chromed 'furniture', while that of the Ivory is gold-plated.
The capband is inscribed with 'Glider', beneath the clip, and 'Conklin USA' on the reverse. The band also sports six crescent 'C's. 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.
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 breathing 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 ballpoint version of the Conklin Glider uses a twist-action for extension/retraction of the point, and measures 5-5/8" in length...so is also an oversized pen... and the Conklin ballpoint refills are of the readily available Parker-style form-factor.
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)
Credit cards, for the quickest fulfillment of your order, are accepted through PayPal, a secure site allowing you to use your credit card without us even seeing the information. If you'd like to make use of this credit card service, please let us know when you email your order and address, and we'll email you the appropriate Request for Payment, and instructions for the simple payment procedure (you don't need to join PayPal to use it).
If you would like us process your credit card directly instead, then please email us:
1. Card # (dividing this number in two, between two emails, will
If you'd rather pay by money order or check, kindly make payable to:
ship via insured Priority Mail
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 5th, 2014