"Hi Norman: Got the two Conklin pens. I love the
color and design! And I am nuts about the stub
fountain pen. First one I have ever ordered. Already got compliments on the
See the rollerball and ballpoint versions here
The Conklin Herringbone series combines vintage appeal with modern bold style and elegance. Based on the overall design of the Conklin Duragraph model from the 1920's, the new Herringbone version takes the design into the 21st Century. The unique Herringbone pattern itself is achieved by using a very precise computerized engraving machine to cut the deep pattern on airplane-grade aluminum. This elegant pattern, reminiscent of the Conklin crescent shape itself, is seen underneath a special translucent colored acrylic and coated with several layers of epoxy for protection and brightness.
An oversized pen, the fountain pen version measures 5-1/2" capped, 6-5/8" posted and 5" with cap held aside. Although oversized, the use of aluminum, resin and chrome keeps the weight of the pen completely manageable for long writing sessions.
The coin atop the cap touts a relief of the Conklin Est. 1898 logo. The back of the crown is engraved with the Herringbone model name. The heavy chromium clip also is engraved with the legendary Conklin trademarked name and font and the center ring is engraved with the Conklin C surrounded by four Conklin crescent shapes on each side.
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 B, M, F or the new stub sizes (the stub nib is monotone). I've found that the new, large Conklin nibs run about a size smaller than typical western nibs. Hence, I'd classify the B nib as a typical medium, 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.
Unscrewing the all-metal fittings between section and barrel reveals
with satin lining
The legend of over a century lives on!
Basically the same size as the fountain pen, the rollerball version of the Conklin Herringbone also sports a screw-on cap.
Conklin Herringbone ballpoint
The ballpoint version of the Conklin Herringbone uses a twist-action for extension/retraction of the point, and measures 5-3/4" 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: May 21st, 2013