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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

See what our customers have to say about the Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pens. Don't just take our word for it, read actual customer reviews of the product and see what they think.
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Nice pen, nice weight and size. Works well.

Duluth, GA
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Love the color and vintage style. Nib was unusable and I was able to source a Conklin/Bock nib online that turned this unusable pen into a daily writer. Yafa Brands, please better quality control. You make lovely pens, but they must be able to do their one job. Which is to write.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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A staple for Conklin.
Duofold clone and you can't go wrong with a timeless style.

Vancouver, BC
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The pen is beautiful, but I often have issues with starting up after only a few days. Otherwise the craftsmanship is quite good.

Pinole, CA
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Finally got my hands on one of these beautiful pens. I love the design of this pen. Looks like stained glass in the light. Under normal conditions, it looks like it is made with polished rocks. Great writer out of the box from Conklin in a medium nib. Thanks Pen Chalet!!

West blocton, AL
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I have been looking for a pen like this for a long time. I love the design as it is muted but elegant. The color contrast is bold with the red and black. It writes beautifully and the cap is a little larger than other pens giving it a nice balanced feel. I love the pen and enjoy everything about it.

Cortland, OH
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I love this beautiful pen with its vintage vibe. I bought the EF assuming it was like other Western EFs but it is REALLY Extra Fine. It writes a VERY fine line but is consistently fine and not "starving" (or too scratchy). Fortunately other nibs are available to purchase separately if I decide that I want something not quite that fine! The only thing I'd change about this pen is maybe an extra bit of rotation when taking the cap on and off. Otherwise I found everything about it to be classy, well thought out, and well made.

Cotati, CA
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Elegant style and eye catching every time I use it! Good value and very comfortable to write with.

Augusta, GA
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Love this pen. The touch on paper is just right - good subtle feedback, not slippery, and good feed rate for fast writing.

Seattle, WA
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Another Conklin for my collection! As always, they never disappoint! Beautiful pen!

Castle Hills, TX
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