Friday, September 18, 2009

Featured Pen - Conklin Vest Pocket Crescent Filler

Some of you may recall my previous blog post about my visit to the Miami Pen Show. At that show I picked up a pen that I have been wanting for a long time - a Conklin Crescent Filler. This pen was in excellent shape but the sac was history, so I cleaned it out and installed a new sac.

The Conklin Pen Manufacturing Company has a long and storied history, probably most famously know as being the favorite writing instrument of Mark Twain. They produced pens from 1898 through 1955. In 2000, the company was revived as the Conklin Pen Co. and began producing pens once again. In 2009, the company was purchased by Yafa, Inc.

The crescent filler is a unique pen, with a unique filling system, David Nishimura of has a very nice description of the pens and their filling system on his website. But the basics are that you insert the nib into the ink bottle and then depress the crescent which compresses the internal sac, release and count to ten allowing the sac to expand and fill with ink.

The photos that I'm including are not as good as I would like, I found this a very difficult pen to photograph, the gold surface is just too reflective.

I would also like to direct you to some wonderful Conklin information compiled by my friend and fellow blogger, Julie, over at Peaceable Writer. She has put together information regarding the numbering system of vintage Conklin Crescents (by the way, my pen has no number) and a reading list for your perusal.

So, one or two last items about MY pen. It has no engravings, but does have a small ding in the cap, near the engraving plate area. They only other issue with this pen, is that unfortunately it does not have the find #2 Conklin Toledo nib which would most likely have come with the original pen, it has a Burrows 14kt fine, flexible nib, which will just have to do for the moment. #2 Toledo nibs are scarce and expensive when you are able to find one. I located one but it was almost as much as the total cost of the pen, so I'll put that off for now.

Click on the writing sample to see full size, this ink did not scan true to color.


phonelady said...

that is a beautifull pen my dear and I can truly appreciate it . It is a very beautifull pen and be carefull with it . I love it . will talk later . great blog and thanks for sharing .

Julie said...

You may not have a model # but the crescent filler you have helps date the pen. The crescent on the crescent lever didn't appear until 1922 and ran until 1928. I'm presuming there is an imprint on the back of the lever that says simply, "Conklin." 'Tis beautiful!

Thanks for the kind words. Also enjoyed discovering Rhamiel's site.

Julie aka Okami said...

Yes, the reverse side of the Crescent simply reads "Conklin" thanks for the info - love my little 80 year old pen.

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