Conklin describes the New Stylograph Matte series well:
"The Stylograph collection is based upon the original and timeless Conklin models from the 1930's but brings it firmly into the 21st century with bright colors and unique finishes. Each pen is crafted by hand from rods of solid resin, and then buffed to a beautiful matte finish that only gets better with age. Each Stylograph features Conklin’s original 1916 patented spring loaded rocker clip. This perfectly balanced clip fits easily and holds firmly to thin or thick pocket materials with just a simple touch of one hand. All accents are finished in highly polished chrome for a luxurious look and long life. The Stylograph Matte collection continues the tradition of creating fine precision writing instruments that have made the Conklin Pen Company the legendary name for fine pens since 1898."
After a hiatus of several years, Conklin has resurrected the great Stylograph with all-new finishes and very aggressive pricing (see the previous Stylograh Mosaic for comparison). These are resin pens with a really gorgeous matte finish -- quite unlike anything Conklin has produced before.
These gorgeous new fountain pens from Conklin measure 5-1/2" capped, 6-3/4" posted and 5" with cap held aside. The photos on this page can almost be considered random -- as every pen I've received has been unique in appearance. I want to mention that the photos of the Tropical Blend version appear slightly brighter and more intense than in real life. Perhaps because of the riot of colors, my camera decided to intensify everything. The actual finish is a bit more subtle.
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 (which friction posts on the barrel) displays the two-toned steel nib (on the versions with the chrome trim) 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 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 M nib 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
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Please send your order and shipping address (along with any questions) to:
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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: May 20th, 2018