Conklin Herringbone Fountain Pen - Gun Metal, Fine is rated
Rated 4 out of 5
This is the first Conklin I've bought, and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and performance of the pen. It has a nice solid hefty feel due to the metal body, and the texture feels nice in the hand. Flow is good too, and best of all the nib is unusually smooth. I always hit new pens with a nib alignment and some mylar mesh polishing, but this nib was fantastic right out of the box. The nib has a bit of springiness and is softer than most steel nibs, with just enough flex in the tines to give a hint of variation and ink flow with a moderate bit of pressure. The only con so far is that there's a collar at the end of the section that seems to wick a drop of ink when filling from a bottle - I didn't dry that out the first time and got some of ink on my fingers - but it just needs a bit of tissue around the section/collar and it cleans right up.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5
very attractive pen
Nice pen over all. Length is adequate for my large hands, and the diameter is a little on the slim side for my preference. There is quite a step between the body and the grip section. Not a problem for me, but it may be a hardship for some. The herringbone design on the body of the pen really catches the eye. It appears textured, but clear gloss coating leaves the body smooth and slick. Color is the same gunmetal you see on every fourth car these days. Threads on the cap are shockingly smooth. The included converter is the same threaded model that screws into the grip section. I personally LOVE the security of this feature. Nice big nib (#6?) which I got in Fine. Nib was a little dodgy, like NO feedback, which I found a little disconcerting. There were some hard starts and other flow problems, which surprised me. It would barely run using Oster "Summer Storm" (love that color), but when I switched over to Diamine Grey, everything went very well. For the price, this is a nicely attractive, functional pen. Not a hot rod, by any means, but for a daily writer, it's completely adequate.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5
More of a 3.75 star
I got this pen a few weeks ago. I use it primarily out of my 5 pens, honestly it's mainly because of the looks. All of my other pens write better however unfortunately more on that in a bit. Let's start with the first thing that you need to do with this pen if you get one like mine. You absolutely have to push the nib in a little deeper (that will fix the leak around the grip section other reviewers comments are about. It's just a little too lose from the factory. Not a big deal at all and easily fixed if your aware of it starting out. I also suggest screwing the converter just a *little* more snug then you might naturally be inclined to do. The above issues aren't a problem just a good thing to have a heads up on. What IS something that I've not overcome yet is that it skips unless you slow down probably about 30% slower and it won't skip as bad (my other 4 pens don't hardly ever skip full speed). To be fair I've only cycled it with 3 converters worth of ink and may not have the nib clean of factory oil or adjusted yet I'm fairly new to the hobby and can honestly say that I believe that I'll get it up to snuff with a bit more effort. It's absolutely beautiful to look at, quick to unscrew thus deploy. It definitely feels like your holding a quality pen. At the end of the day I don't regret buying it but that's because I'm still hopeful that it will come around. I'm rating this as I would recommend it to a friend which I would but only if they read this review to know what that where getting. Thank you for your time reading this hopefully it let's you be more informed. And I hope after I get it working I'll update this review.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5
Love the look and feel
I recently bought my Herringbone, I had a minor problem with it the converter that came with it was damaged and wouldn't work. I contacted customer service and they sent me a new feed and a new converter. The new feed works great, and I use my pen almost every day.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5
Not love at first sight.. but it grew on me!
I've had this pen for a few months now. I didn't love it at first. It was "too heavy" and felt "too short" the first week I tried to use it. I put it away and used my other Conklin pens and after a couple weeks I came back to my Herringbone. Basically, the more I used it, the more I fell in love with it. It is now an almost everyday pen and I have trouble using the Duragraph and the Nighthawk at times because I came to love the weight and length of this pen (posted). The nib on the Herringbone I received greatly exceeded that of my Duragraph's nib (they are both F but somehow the Herringbone's is softer and doesn't scratch like the Duragraph's nib). I only gave it 4 stars because the paint on the body has started to rub away where I hold it (there is silver where there used to be blue). The more I use it, the worse it gets. This doesn't bother me much, as I enjoy writing with it more than looking at it, but for the price I expected it to look pretty for longer than a few months.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5
I got this one as a gift, I generally stick to medium of broad nibs and this pen reminded me why. The body is absolutely gorgeous, it has a nice weight to it and is well balance un-posted. It is a little back heavy when posted though. I inked it up with Noodlers Black and the ink barely flowed. Nothing was scratchy (in fact it's still one of the smother nibs I've used), it just lets very little ink out at a time. Bit of a disclaimer though, I am left handed so when I'm writing it's usually in a push motion. I tried writing with a pulling motion and it was better, though still dry for my taste. After the Noodlers, I tried the Montverde ink I got with the pen. The Montverde ink is lubricated, and that helped out a little but it still writes very dry and does not like to flow at all when its being pushed rather than dragged. All that being said I plan on swapping the nib out with a medium because I still think that the body of the pen is stunning and I would hate to let a dry nib be the thing that keeps me from using it.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5
Timeless Classic style
I had purchased the pen a couple of weeks ago but it had feed problems. Contacted customer service and they sent out a new feed right away. Problem solved. Pen writes like a dream, butter smooth med. wet and fits my hand like I was made for it
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5
Sleek and Balanced, but Leaky and Scratchy
I love the appearance, heft, and grip of this pen. It's relatively heavy but feels very balanced in the hand. Despite its weight, the barrel is surprisingly slender. There's a subtle texture to the wavy "herringbone" design, and the translucent material catches light in an interesting way. It's definitely one of the more beautiful pens I own. The slippery metal grip may be unappealing to some, but I'm very comfortable holding and writing with it. I also like how the cartridge converter is threaded, but this was not a selling point Unfortunately, the above features which might make this my go-to pen for everyday writing are countered by ink leakage between the feed section and grip. Regardless of the ink I use (wet or dry) and how well I clean and reassemble the feed section, my middle finger inevitably becomes drenched in ink. My ink somehow finds its way into that little gap. I've not yet found a solution to this problem, and it has rendered the pen practically unusable for me. I've also had bad luck with the two nibs I've tried (and other Conklin nibs on other pens), but I don't believe a nib singularly reflects the overall quality of a pen (it varies). The tines of the original nib were far too tight, and a replacement was not much better (scratchy, poor ink flow, railroading). Granted, I'm sure I can adjust it to my liking, but the leaky screw-in feed section is too discouraging. I want to like this pen, I really do! I just hope to discover a fix for this dysfunctional beauty.
Date published: 2017-11-28