Body Material: Resin
Trim: Heavy chromium
Length (capped): 5.5"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 4.9"
Length (posted): 6.3"
Barrel Diameter: 0.5"
Section Diameter: 0.45"
Nib material: Steel
Fill type: Cartridge/converter
Where to buy: Pen Chalet
Conklin Endura fountain pen arrived rather nicely packaged in a large blue hard case. It does not seem to be anything like a leather case. The pen is nestled in a ruffled white satin bed is the pretty green and black Endura. Actually, it reminded me of a casket with its very elegant interior, morbid though it sounds. It looks rather attractive. Does this make the cut? The Keep It? cut, that is? Probably not, because it only holds one pen and the box itself isn't anything special.
The size of the pen surprised me - it is surprisingly large. Immediately I thought it was similar to my Pelikan M1005 (though it turns out it is slightly smaller).
This Conklin's nib is a good size to match the aesthetics of the body, and is simple in its appearance. I think it looks quite nice. I had a peek at the tines before writing - there was an even space between them but they were a touch too far apart so I gave them a little squeeze together before I started writing. Having done that, the ink flow was suitable and to my taste.
|Top to bottom: Pelikan M1005, Conklin Endura, Conway Stewart Marlborough Vintage, Noodler's Konrad. Yes. I know my Pelikan needs cleaning. I'm busy writing reviews for you.|
- Attractive finish.
- Very useful/functional clip.
- Good weight and balance, especially for a large pen.
- Very nice, smooth stub nib. (Also easy to adjust.)
- Nice line variation and beautiful ink shading.
- Details of indented gold ring at the top of the cap are a little messy.
- Too large for me to use posted.
- Nib runs dry after awhile and needs priming.
A nice pen from Conklin in a pretty finish with a decent, enjoyable nib that writes nicely and smoothly, though it needs priming if you intend to write with this stub for awhile. The best part is it offers fun line variation for users at any level. While the pen is priced a little higher than I'd like at its MSRP, if you catch it on a sale, it's an attractive pen with a decent sized stub nib. If the Endura doesn't strike your fancy, browse more Conklin pens at Pen Chalet.
A big thank you to Ron at Pen Chalet for sending this beautiful pen for review. I was not compensated monetarily for this review. Everything you read here is my 100% honest to grapes opinion.