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- 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|
|Inlaid engraving on Amber Duragraph|
|Conklin Duragraph in Ice Blue|
|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 Goulet, Monteverde, Edison, Noodler’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|
|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.