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Review of the Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen

Product Review of the Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pens

I have heard so much from customers about the Conklin Duragraph fountain pen and what a great pen it is that I decided to try one myself. I have to say that I was not disappointed. I have always liked the look of the pen especially the amber color with the black and orange resin together. The design as well as the color combination is what initially drew me to the pen.

Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen Review

The color on the Amber Duragraph is a mixture of orange and black resins. The amber color resin has a slight translucency while the black resin is opaque. If you look closely you can see the nib through the amber in the cap. Atop the cap and at the end of the barrel are solid black resin ends. The Conklin logo is engraved in white in this black finial on the cap. There are three chrome colored trim rings on the pen with the center band thicker than the others. This center band has the Conklin logo engraved on one side and the "Duragraph" on the other. Additionally, 6 small crescent moons, the trademarked symbol of the Conklin Pen Company, are also engraved.

Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen Review Nib and CapThe section of the pen is the same solid black resin as the finial of the cap and end of the barrel. The pen comes in two different nib colors. Originally the redesign was introduced with a two-tone chrome and gold stainless steel nib. Later Conklin introduced a black version of the nib, also stainless steel. Both colors look great but I am partial to the black nib with this pen. Engraved on the nib is "Conklin" and "Toledo USA". The breather hole on the nib is fashioned in the crescent moon shape.

I love the way this pen writes! I opted for the fine nib which lays down a nice wet line. I actually feel the fine nib is slightly wider than most of the fines I am used to. I had read reviews of others that suggested the the nib actually ran finer but this was not my experience. The pen writes very smooth and I can see why so many have praised this pen. The Duragraph is a great writing experience.

The size of the Duragraph pen is ideal for me and fits my hand well. I would classify it as a mid-size pen although it may be slightly to the larger end of the spectrum. Definitely not close to the size of the Conklin All American fountain pen though. I prefer writing without the cap posted and it has good weight and balance. With the cap posted the Duragraph measures almost 7 inches so it becomes top heavy and just makes it too long to write comfortably.

The Duragraph comes in a blue leatherette box with a soft white satin interior. Included with the Conklin Duragraph fountain pen is a standard universal ink cartridge to get you started. Also included is an ink converter for the pen as well if you prefer to use bottle fountain pen inks.

The Conklin Duragraph fountain pen is also available in Forest Green, a beautiful marbled green resin, and Cracked Ice, which looks like small fragments of white and ivory ice floating in a black background. All three colors of the Duragraph look great.

Conklin was established in 1898 but faded away and was recently revived. They have recently come out with some great new redesigns of their old pen models. These recreations include the Conklin Crescent Fountain pen as well as the All American pen mentioned earlier.

Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen Review Conclusion

So would I recommend the Conklin Duragraph fountain pen? Absolutely! Our customers rave about the pen and now I know why. The Conklin Duragraph fountain pen is great pen and a great value. It writes well, looks sharp and won't break the pocket book. The pen is well built and sturdy and comes with a lifetime warranty. The Conklin Duragraph is a quality writing tool, definitely worth the price tag.

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Specs of the Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pens

Length: 5.500 in.
Posted Length: 6.875 in.
Diameter: 0.563 in.
Weight: 1.000 oz.
Body/Trim: Resin
FillType: Cartridge/Converter



Conklin Duragraph Reviews from our Customers

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Lovely pen
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The Conklin Duragraph has a history dating back to the early 1920's. Conklin engineered ground breaking designs and the Duragraph was the best pen to own back in the day. For some, it still is. This timeless classic design never gets outdated, never gets old. Every time you use it, you'll enjoy it. Mine writes like butter, smooth and predictable with every stroke. The medium nib is not finicky when it comes to ink, it will take what ever you load into it. I have a wide range of wet well lubed inks as well as some very dry types and the Duragraph works well with most of them. For a sub $100 pen, this one is not going to disappoint you. I'd fully recommend the Duragraph and would buy another variation without hesitation.
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A lot of pen for the money. Collectible and won’t break the bank.
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This is my first Conklin Duragraph and I have to say I am disappointed. Conklin has one too many quality control issues. These seems like Chinese Manufactured pens and if that is what one wants then there are many good options for much cheaper price such as Moonman M600, Jinhao Centennial and Kaigulu 316. The pen I received and issues with nib and feed alignment. It also came without a converter. I had similar experience with one of the Conklin All-American I purchased before, it had nib issues as well. So for around $50 I don't think it is worth that with all the quality control issues.
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This is my first Conklin Duragraph and I have to say I am disappointed. Conklin has one too many quality control issues. These seems like Chinese Manufactured pens and if that is what one wants then there are many good options for much cheaper price such as Moonman M600, Jinhao Centennial and Kaigulu 316. The pen I received and issues with nib and feed alignment. It also came without a converter. I had similar experience with one of the Conklin All-American I purchased before, it had nib issues as well. So for around $50 I don't think it is worth that with all the quality control issues.
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It looks nice and comes nicely presented. The flex nib is fun but you need to prime it almost every other sentence (I expected that as per other reviews elsewhere). I got it on sale plus 10% discount,.
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Love this pen the flex nib broke on me pushing the nib to far. Put on a med nib works great, however offers little to no line deviation.
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Purchased at a great discount during one of Pen Chalet's fabulous sales. Very nice, classic pen with a lot of style without denting your wallet or purse. The biggest knock against this pen is the nib is pure garbage - will not write! Evidently this is a common complaint which I found out about *afterwards*. So caveat emptor: Factor in the expense of replacing the nib in determining whether or not you want to purchase this pen. I would highly recommend not purchasing it for the full retail price.
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A real beauty for the price, style and function. I comes in such an impressive case, I regret I couldn't be interned in it. The pen has a nice, comfortable weight and glides nicely, so nicely on the paper. It easily puts a ballpoint pen to shame and down to the minor league.
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Very nice
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