Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen Overview

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  • Conklin History – (0:14) 
  • Price – (0:53) 
  • Unboxing – (1:25) 
  • Color Options – (2:43) 
  • Features – (3:58) 
  • Comparable Pens – (6:12) 
  • Nib Information – (8:47) 
  • Filling Mechanisms – (13:18) 
  • Inking it Up – (15:45) 
  • How it Writes – (17:18) 

I’d like to introduce to you the Conklin Duragraph, a recent edition to the Conklin line of pens and GouletPens.com.

The Conklin Pen Company was established in 1898 and is still regarded as one of the most significant and innovative manufacturers from what is today known as the Golden Era of fountain pens. The Duragraph was originally released by Conklin in 1923,  This pen pays homage to the classic designs of the vintage Conklin era.

Conklin Duragraph in Forest Green

The new Duragraph collection draws its inspiration from the rich heritage of the Conklin brand, which was purchased and revived by Yafa in 2009. The rebooted model is manufactured overseas, assembled and distributed from Canoga Park, California, and pays tribute to its roots with a TOLEDO, USA engraving on its nib (the company was founded in Toledo, Ohio). 
Inlaid engraving on Amber Duragraph

The Duragraph comes available in four European resins: Amber, Cracked Ice, Forest Green, and Ice Blue. They’re turned from solid cast-resins that give the material a beautiful depth and pearlescence that you typically only see on pens much more expensive than these. At $52 (list price of $65), this is a great “step up” pen for many newer fountain pens users who know a little more what they like, and want a professional and stately pen.

Conklin Duragraph in Ice Blue
Conklin Duragraph in Ice Blue
At 26g the pen is a pretty average weight, with a bit of back-weight when posted due to the long length. For larger-handed individuals, the pen is quite comfortable both posted and unposed. Those with smaller hands who hold their pens closer to the nib will likely want to unpost.

Conklin Duragraph in Cracked Ice

There are some nice embellishments on the pen, including an inlaid Conklin logo engraving on the finial of the cap, a centerband with a  subtle crescent engraving around the Duragraph name, and black accents on the grip and finials to really give the pen a vintage look. The clip is a little tight, so you will only want to clip this on relatively this pockets like on dress shirts. The threads on the grip of the pen are very subtle, comfortable even if you hold your fingers directly on the pen. There is a very small and subtle step from the threads to the pen body that are hardly noticeable even if you hold your pen way back on the grip.

The Duragraph is available in a Conklin fine, medium, or 1.1mm stub nib. The nibs are smooth with a bit of feedback to them. I find the medium to actually be the toothiest nib and even has a slight stub grinding to it. The fine is pleasantly smooth, as is the 1.1mm stub. The stub is the wettest of the nibs, while the fine and medium are fairly average flow (perhaps leaning a bit wet). The nibs are all #6 size, which is great for expanding into other brands’ nibs for sizes that Conklin doesn’t offer. You can get GouletMonteverdeEdisonNoodler’s #6 size nibs and swap them into this pen, keeping in mind that Conklin isn’t going to warranty the function of your pen with any other brands’ nibs, as you might expect. All of the Duragraphs come with stainless steel two-tone nibs.

Conklin two-tone stainless steel nib
The Duragraph is a standard international cartridge/converter pen and includes a pair of cartridges and a threaded converter. This is a great pen for changing out your inks a lot for you serial ink samplers out there, especially if you have a bulb syringe and you know this sweet pen cleaning trick! Unfortunately, the pen won’t fit standard international long cartridges, and can’t be converted to an eyedropper fill either, given that the threads on the back of the grip are exposed metal and will corrode with prolonged ink exposure. This part isn’t made of stainless steel like the nib.

Threaded standard international converter on Cracked Ice Duragraph

So that’s a roundup of the Conklin Duragraph! You can get more details and specs at GouletPens.com, and pick one up for yourself for $52. If you have any other questions about it, feel free to ask in the comments.

Write On,
Brian Goulet
 

2017-10-11T03:51:10+00:00 February 24th, 2015|Pen Reviews|4 Comments
  • Pentulant

    I am SO GLAD you made the coffin comment! I could not agree more!

    This pen really is a fantastic deal and it writes wonderfully. I bought the Amber (filled with Kon-peki the first time out) and it writes wonderfully.

  • Otter

    I agree that this is a great affordable pen. I have the Amber one as well, and it's beautiful and writes smoothly. I plan to pick up the other two as well, as they're all attractive pens in their own way.

  • Another great video Brian and beautiful fountain pens. More fountain pens to add to my list but I will definitely have to pick one up soon.

  • As soon as I saw that they were going to be out of the polished steel stub nibs by March, I put everything down and immediately went online to gouletpens.com and sure enough the Amber stub Duragraph that they had in stock at 3am was gone, but I managed to buy a stub in Cracked Ice. I'll but the Amber Duragraph in fine later this month. Then I came back and finished watching the video.