Conklin

1929-1935

About This Model

Conklin was one of the early fountain pen manufacturers, starting in the late 1800s, re-forming as a fountain pen manufacturer in Toledo, Ohio in 1901 to market Roy Conklin’s patented Crescent Filler, one of the first modern designs that worked reliably. For the next twenty-plus years, Conklin produced Crescent Fillers and lever-filler pens, introducing the Endura in bright colors and fine metals in the 1920s, until they gave way to the Endura Symetrik in 1929. The Symetrik lines were essentially rounded Enduras, in response to Sheaffer's Balance. In 1931, they finally moved away from the Crescent-Filler altogether to the Nozac as their top line model. Although this first twist filler was a beautiful, successful pen, Conklin's ongoing resistance to change had limited the company’s success, forcing them to sell out in the late 1930’s.

About This Pen

This is a lovely little ringtop pen that is either a lower level Conklin or not a Conklin carrying a Conklin nib. It is typical ringtop size, just short of 3.5″ long capped and .4″ wide just south of the cap.  It is plated in bright yellow gold with a basketweave pattern. Contrary to most Conklins and Conklin catalogs I’ve seen (although catalogs from the era often have some artistic license in the illustrations), the absence of any imprint or brand marking is atypical, particularly on the lever. In addition, the top of the lever is near the bottom of the barrel, opening out and away from the tassie; Conklins in the catalogs generally open out away from the nib. The stamped pattern is in the Conklin catalog, however…so this might stay a mystery. Those comments aside, the body is beautiful, unmarrred by scratch or dent. The nib, a Conklin 2, writes a wet fine line with substantial flex; there is a bit of singing in the nib.  This is a wonderful little pen for notes; I hate to say that it will fit one’s hand better if posted, but it’s true.  

Price: $115 Sold

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