Sunday, January 3, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 130

Today's featured new acquisition is a colourful modern fountain pen belonging to new VPC member Andy W!

Andy: "The Conklin All American has been around for quite a while...since about the late 1920's. Although I have no reference with earlier models, I can only assume that it hasn't changed much, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Once a model has established a trend and the consumer likes that, why mess with a good thing?"

"I have an attraction with the 70's and what more to remind me than the Conklin All American in Yellowstone finish? I believe the color scheme represents Yellowstone Park with the brown earth and yellow rocks and soil with white being water perhaps. Nevertheless, every time I look at this pen, it reminds me of the 70's and also something that should have been in the Austin Powers movies." 

 (all photos courtesy of Andy ~ please click on images to enlarge)


"This pen is not small at all (uncapped) with a barrel diameter of 15mm and length of 5 inches. I do like girthy pens for sure!"

 

"With it being turned acrylic, it's still lightweight (18g) and a pleasure to write with." 

 

"The cap and clip add to the overall size and this thing is about as big as a Cuban cigar. The clip is simple stamped steel with stamped lettering and a rocker style clip."


 

"It is a cartridge converter fill system..."


 

 "...and the nib is a Jowo #6 extra fine."


 

 "The stamping of the company name and place of birth is very nice and every time you cap the pen, it lines up with the clip."


 

"Finally, here is a writing sample and line width chart I've been using which comes in very handy. The chart works and it is exactly what the nib is spec'd at...Western XF at .4mm The pen is inked with Diamine Raw Sienna, a medium dark brown."

(link to nib chart on Richard Binder's site

Many thanks to Andy for the great photos and review of this "groovy" fountain pen! ;)

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