Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen - Cracked Ice, 1.1mm Stub is rated
Rated 5 out of 5
Cool color. Cool pen.
I just received my Ice Blue Duragraph 1.1 stub a couple of days ago and immediately inked it up with Noodler's Midway Blue. My initial experience has been a pleasant one. This is my first stub fountain pen (my other 3 are fine or medium), and I love the way it writes. Like Brian mentioned in the video, the stub has a way of making my terrible handwriting look like calligraphy, ha. Granted this probably is a feature more of stubs in general rather than anything intrinsic to the Duragraph 1.1 stub, but still I have enjoyed writing with it the past couple of days. The pen feels great in the hand, well balanced unposted. (Too top heavy posted.) No skipping so far, fairly wet. Love the color and design.
Date published: 2015-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect straight out of the box
I'd never used a stub nib before this one and was a little concerned that it might take some getting used to or some manual adjustments on my part before I could get into writing with it, but my fears were unfounded. I took this beauty out of the box, inked her up, and was able to write right away. The unposted weight is just light enough to avoid hand fatigue and the feed keeps up with the nib's ink needs without drying up or splooshing everywhere. The stub nib makes everything you write look Fancy, and the amber finish looks just like a premium vintage pen from the Good Old Days. I definitely recommend this pen to anyone looking to try a stub!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5
I just chilled a nice glass of Chardonnay with it.
Not really, but the intense blue and white definitely reminds me of the deep blue found in glaciers that I've walked on. So the name "Ice Blue" is highly accurate. It's beautiful. After a quick cleaning I inked it up with plain ol' Lamy blue. Although I've been collecting pens for a while now, I'm new to stub and broad nibs. Mostly I've gone with medium nibs and fine on the vintage pens. The broad nib on this pen is incredible! It's really smooth without any tooth. Not that I mind a little tooth but there just isn't any! My pens change daily to match my shirt and today was a blue shirt so I've been using this pen all day and just looking for things that would require me to write something, anything! The broad nib just makes whatever you write look good.
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5
Sad but true
I wanted to like this pen. It looks really nice. And for the four sentences (on average) that I can get it to write, the nib seems really nice. The piston filler however is not the best, after multiple attempts I have never been able to get it more than a quarter full. The real problem is that you can write no more than four sentences before the ink peters out to nothing. I always clean a new pen with warm water when I first get it. This pen has now been cleaned 7 times with water, a little dish soap and actual pen wash (at seperate times) to no avail. You clean it, let it dry for a day, load it with ink, write a few sentences, same problem, over and over again. Tried, Noodler's, Pilot, Diamine and De Atr inks. The nib has no blemishes or problems that I can see (even with a loupe) so I have to assume it is a feed problem? Overall disappointed.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 2 out of 5
Get a TWSBI Stub
Nice looking pen and boxed well for a gift but stub nib is not so great.
For an economically priced FP you get a nice looking pen that is in a nice box that would look great for gifting, but the stub nib on mine wasn't very smooth even after adjusting. It is a larger pen which I like in the hand but that's about it. The pen doesn't seem to seal well either as it quickly dries out while capped on the desk making for hard starts just sitting over night. For the same price range I much prefer my TWSBI 580 1.1mm stub. Writes smoothly and no hard starts even after days of sitting un-used.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5
A lovely wet writer with a thick juicy line, but minor flow issues
This is one of my favourite pens (despite being one of the cheaper ones), and is great value for money. It's actually a bit darker than it looks in this picture, being a nice deep green. The line is thick and wet, and works particularly well with black ink such as Noodler's Bad black Moccasin. When I used J Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor ink, it comes out very dark blue (not turqouise), due to the large amount of ink being laid down, but it does come out with lots of gold shimmer! The barrel feels ever so slightly rubbery, not like standard plastic. I like it a lot. I only give it four stars though, for the following reason. The main ink I use in this pen is Noodler’s Bad Black Moccasin. I’ve noticed that every once in a while the pen will completely stop writing, and there’s no ink left in the feed or the nib, even though there’s lots of ink still in the converter. To get it to write again, I have to wind the converter piston to force ink back into the feed. This is a shame, because otherwise it’s a lovely pen.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5
Great pen after nib adjustment
I bought this pen about a month ago and it is now one of my go-to pens. I even find i write with it much more often than my more expensive pens. It looks beautiful and writes very smooth and wet. The only issue I had with the pen was that out of the box it would not write. After a quick nib and feed ajustment (which was really easy) it wrote like a dream. Thanks Goulet Pens!
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this pen - 4.5 stars
My mom had me get this for myself as a late Christmas present. I'd been looking at it for some time. It's funny how much I like certain colors in fountain pens that I don't really like in anything else, and my favorite colors (green and blue) just strike me as 'meh!' in a FP, and I normally dislike orange. I absolute love the amber (orange) resin in this pen. It's even prettier than the video or photographs show, and has a tortoise-shell-like effect. I got the 1.1 mm stub, since I prefer stubs for most writing, using an F for cheaper paper and when I need something to dry faster. I'd say that the line looks a little narrower than the line put down by the Goulet 1.1. This stub had a few baddish points to it, but now is terrific. When I first inked it up (after flushing the pen), it had a bit more feedback than my other stubs, but didn't feel scratchy. It seemed a little dry, though, for a stub. Wrote about three pages, it did fine, but the next day, it had hard starts, skips, and scratched like heck. I looked at it under a loupe, but couldn't see whether the tines were misaligned. What I did notice was that they came together much more tightly than my other nibs. I don't have any brass shims other than the ones for cleaning sold by Goulet, but I ran that through the tines several times until it was easier to get it out the end, then I used the Mylar sheets to smooth the nib just a little bit. It now writes perfectly and is much smoother, but with just a hint of feedback (I don't like a super-smooth nib), and is definitely a bit wetter. Because of this tuning, I did take off a half star, though I rounded up rather than down because I think it's a beautiful pen. I've seen a review of the Duragraph that mentioned some fit-and-finish problems, but mine had none. There were no gaps between the band and the pen, and there were no rough bits on the resin. It was uniformly smooth. The resin itself has a nice warm feel in the hand. The clip is very, very tight, but I think that flexing it daily has made it less tight. I do think that if you like to clip your pens, you do need to be aware of that. This one spends most of its time on my desk, so it's not a concern to me. There was one longitudinal area of the body of the pen that was more uniform in color than the rest of the body, and much less interesting/pretty. The pen was put together so that the "plain orange" stripe was lined up with the nib so that was what showed while I wrote. Taking off the body and trying to get it to screw on with a different orientation didn't work, wherever I began from, but when I unscrewed the nib unit from the grip and screwed it back in, voila! The most lovely side of the pen was now lined up with the top of the nib. For the price, this is a really great pen. It definitely looks like it could have cost twice what it did, and once I did a wee bit of tuning, it writes beautifully. It could be frustrating for someone who's not familiar with nib-tuning if they got one that wrote like mine did, though.
Date published: 2016-01-27