Conklin Vintage Kelly Green Ink Review & Giveaway

Today we’ll be bring you the results of our Conklin Vintage Kelly Green ink review! Vintage is extremely popular idea in our culture. We generally place a lot of value on “vintage” items – from our clothing to our cars. Embracing the vintage trend, Conklin recently released a new fountain pen ink series, the Conklin Vintage ink series. A Vintage ink collection seems particularly apt since writing with fountain pens could be referred to as a “vintage” form of writing. Now we can all do some “vintage” writing with our Conklin Vintage fountain pen inks. Read on for more about this new ink line from a well known USA based pen (and ink) company and to hear the results of our Conklin Vintage Kelly Green ink review.

All About the Ink Maker: Conklin

Conklin Pen Company is a historic pen company established in 1898. In the company’s early days, they made a lot of innovative designs and their pens were used and desired by both collectors and everyday writers. One of Conklin Pen Company’s earliest unofficial endorsers was Mark Twain, who used a Conklin Crescent Filler Pen. Today, the Conklin Pen Company continues their legendary tradition of pen-making and produces high quality writing instruments worthy of the Conklin name. In addition to their pen collections, the historic American pen company now offers fountain pen ink. The Conklin Vintage ink collection was released in early 2022. While Conklin inks are made in the EU, they are designed and packaged in America.

All About This Week’s Ink Series: Conklin Vintage Ink Series

Conklin Vintage ink series is a collection of vintage inspired inks, with vintage bottles, packaging and even what many would consider to be vintage colors. The Conklin Vintage ink series currently includes:
  • Antique Turquoise
  • Bright Red
  • Classic Black
  • Dark Rust
  • Deep Blue
  • Rich Mahogany
  • Vintage Purple and
  • Kelly Green
Conklin Vintage inks lubricate as they flow through the nib feeding system, protecting the pen’s feed against clogging and corrosion. Conklin Vintage inks are also known for smooth ink flow, increased cap-off time, and medium to high saturations.

All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Conklin Vintage Kelly Green Ink

Conklin Vintage Kelly Green ink is a deep rich green color. Like other Conklin inks, this week’s featured ink is made in the EU, but designed and packaged in America. ***Wondering where to find the giveaway for the inks in our weekly ink reviews? We used to run a weekly giveaway featuring each week’s ink, but now we have a monthly giveaway day that includes the inks featured in past reviews!  ALL of the inks featured in our weekly ink reviews are listed as giveaway prizes during 15 on the 15th: GIVEAWAY DAY with Pen Chalet.

It’s Time: Conklin Vintage Kelly Green Ink Review

For this Conklin Vintage Kelly Green ink review, we put this rich green ink through our standard ink review tests. The ink review results should give you a better idea of just what you could expect if you need this ink in your collection.
conklin vintage kelly green ink review results

Read all the Conklin Vintage Kelly Green ink review results here.

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

As usual, we used a french-made  J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on Rhodia dot pad paper. If you use a different size nib or different paper or simply have a significantly different style of writing, you could see different results. But here’s how it went down for us during this week’s review.

What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Conklin Use for its Vintage Inks?

Conklin Vintage Kelly Green ink comes in a vintage medicine style basic ink bottle with basic packaging, label and box. Each of the ink bottles comes with a vintage style, metal, medium mouth lid that is easy to open. We appreciated that the color was easy to identify on both the bottle and the exterior packaging.

How Much Do Inks in Conklin’s Vintage Collection Cost?

Conklin Vintage inks are very reasonably priced. We’d go so far as to categorize this new fountain pen ink as a very economically priced ink. Look for the current sale price at

How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?

We use the 1-dip test to see how far one dip can write on paper (dipping the pen into the ink only once). Conklin Vintage Kelly Green ink very easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with lots of ink to spare. (Using only one dip per writing sample “S” “X” and scribble lines, see the image above).

How Fast Does Conklin Kelly Green Dry?

During our ink review, Conklin Kelly Green fountain pen ink showed a dry time of approximately 5 seconds with high saturation. Kelly Green can definitely be used as an everyday ink.

Does This Week’s Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?

We saw slight bleeding during normal use and a bit more bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test. (Test was conducted on Rhodia paper).

Was There Any Feathering During the Kelly Green Ink Review?

We saw no feathering during normal use, and only some very slight feathering during the water test, which is typical for any non-waterproof ink.

How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?

Conklin Kelly Green ink is not meant to be waterproof, but we put it to the test anyway. For the water test we let our ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before we run a wet cotton swab over the sample to observe the effect. Here are the results we saw during today’s review:
  • medium color smearing
  • lines still very legible
  • some very slight distortion and line fading

Does Conklin Vintage Kelly Green Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

Conklin Vintage Kelly Green ink showed some possible shading traits with the use of the right nib and penmanship. However, it was mostly a dark consistent shade of green during normal use. If you’re looking for shading when using fountain pen inks, try using a stub or italic that allows ink flow variation.

Final Conclusion on Conklin Vintage Kelly Green Ink:

This week’s featured ink is a very economically priced ink from Conklin Pens. Designed in the USA, made in the EU, and then packaged in the USA, Kelly Green ink is one of the 8 inks released in Conklin’s new Vintage ink series in early 2022. The 60ml bottle size helps keep the ink at a good value, and also plays to the vintage theme with a glass bottle in the shape of vintage medicine bottles. The packaging and labeling is simple and clear and also coincides with the overall vintage look and feel of this ink collection. The Vintage Kelly Green ink is a nice, dark green color with some possible shading traits, and a very quick 5 second dry time. Enjoy this great everyday ink. Happy writing from Yesterday!

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