If you are looking for a beautiful pen the Conklin Duragraph is a great choice.
The body of the Conklin Duragraph is beautiful, well constructed and comfortable to hold un-posted. It is made from resin so the body of it is nice and light. I think it’s far too back heavy with the cap posted though, however someone with larger hands may disagree. The pen is perfect for me and it’s a joy to write with. I really love the Duragraph shape and colour, I don’t know how close this Duragraph version is to the original (which was released in the 1930s) but it certainly retains a classic vibe.
Appearance and Design
As I’ve said earlier I find the pen too heavy on the back end to write posted but unposted it is the perfect weight for me. Not “I’m holding nothing” light or “oh my god” this is heavy, heavy. As you can see the pen I have is the “Red Nights” model of the Duragraph. I love this colour, it has depth of colour that is similar to marble and the black cap and end highlight the red beautifully. The pen clip on the cap is firm and nicely designed to hold the pen in place wherever you choose to clip it and the silver banding on the cap is a nice highlight that adds to the classic vibe of the pen.
Nib and Performance
The nib I am using is a medium conklin nib and it is really smooth to use with no scratchiness or feedback. I have used this pen on premium and ordinary paper and find the experience very similar on the ordinary paper to the premium rhodia paper. The nib isn’t an overly wet nib but it performs excellently and doesn’t have a problem when starting to write like some fountain pens can do.
The Duragraph comes with a standard international screw top converter that holds .86mls. This is less than a Pilot Con-70 converter but more than the Pilot Con-40 converter that holds .6ml. It is a very simple system of filling. Unscrew the section from the barrel, screw the converter into the nib section and put the nib into the ink bottle till the breather hole is covered and then screw the end of the converter to suck up the ink. If you prefer cartridges the Duragraph accepts any standard international cartridge.
Weight and Dimensions
The Conklin fountain pen measurements are as follows:
14cm capped and 18cm posted. Diameter of body is approx. 4cms. Weighs 26 grams
The Conklin Duragraph is a classically styled good everyday pen. It doesn’t weigh a lot for the size of it being 14cms capped and it is a pleasure to use. All in all, I really like it and use it daily.