Conklin was the first manufacturer of practical self-filling fountain pens, and this is an exact replica of the company’s original 1897 design—now with a supple 14-karat-gold flex nib. One hundred and twenty years ago, the Crescent Filler was an innovation in penmaking that ultimately led to more practical construction. Mark Twain was an official Conklin spokesperson, famously stating, “I prefer it to ten other fountain pens because it carries its filler in its own stomach, and I can not mislay even by art or intention.” For this modern version, the demonstrator barrel has been turned and polished by hand, and all metal parts forged from solid sterling silver. Only 98 pens were made in each color and each is individually serialized.
Note: Quantities are extremely limited. At checkout, you’ll have your choice of color and nib size. The blue pen with rose-gold trim comes with fine, medium, or double-broad nibs (quantities limited to 1, 3, and 1, respectively), while the red pen with silver trim comes with fine, medium, and 1.1mm stub nibs (quantities limited to 3, 4, and 1 respectively).
Refilling a Crescent Filler is simple: Depress the crescent into the barrel of the pen while the nib is submerged in ink. As you release, ink will be drawn into the bladder of the pen. Repeat the process a few times to fill the ink sac completely. Once you’ve filled the pen, wipe off the excess ink from your nib with a soft cloth or tissue, then rotate the locking ring underneath the crescent to a closed position so that the ring opening is on the opposite side of the crescent. The same process can be used with cold water for cleaning, and the crescent itself also helps to prevent the pen from rolling unnecessarily when in use.
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is Sep 26, 2017 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.