Friday, May 29, 2015

Conklin Duragraph Cracked Ice

 by Tony Thomas

I recently purchased a Conklin Duragraph fountain pen from my friends at Goulet Pens.  I really like the throwback design of the pen and its “cracked ice” resin body.

For those not familiar with the Conklin name, it was a very popular fountain pen company established in 1898 and located in Toledo, Ohio. Although the original company no longer exists, its original pens are highly prized by collectors. The name was resurrected by Yafa Brands in 2009 to produce new pens with the vintage look of the originals.

The Duragraph is a pen that uses standard European cartridges and a screw-in converter. I selected a 1.1 stub nib. The pen is very well balanced and not too heavy even when posted. It is a smooth writer and enjoyable to write with. For the price I paid ($44), I feel that this pen is a real bargain and looks much more expensive than it is.

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