Conklin Word Gauge, Sleeve Filler, and Conklinetta Senior

I’ve got news about 3 amazing new pens from Conklin! I got in these special pens at a great deal, and now I’m passing on the savings to you! Check out the details:

Conklin Heritage Word Gauge Fountain Pen

Conklin Word Gauge


Ink capacity at it’s MAX! Is the best way to describe this pen. Conklin’s Word Gauge was an industry leader back in the day because as with all Conklin inventions this one was loved for holding more ink then any other brand at the time. So much that Conklin put a word count on the side of the barrel so the writer would know approximately how many more words he/she could write before running out of ink.

Conklin Word Gauge

Jet Black Resin with yellow word gauge ink view. Conklin pen was an innovator in the day introducing the likes of the Crescent filler and this word gauge.

Get your Conklin Word Gauge here.


Conklin Heritage Sleeve Filler Fountain Pen

Conklin Sleeve Filler

An amazing pen rich in history! Take the pen apart at the nib section and you’ll see a press bar over the rubber sack. A few gentle squeezes and your pen is filled.

Conklin Sleeve Filler

Enjoy the convenience of filling your pen directly from a bottle with almost limitless ink choices. The material is jet black resin with a Vintage Style Sleeve Filling System. Conklin pen was an innovator in the day, introducing the likes of the Crescent filler and this Sleeve Filler.

Get your Conklin Sleeve Filler here.


Conklin Conklinetta Senior Fountain Pen

Conklin Conklinetta Senior

This is an amazing fountain pen that has brought back a filling system that was long ago abandoned by the Parker’s and Sheaffer’s of the pen world. The button filler depressed a rubber sack inside the pen which fills with ink.


Conklin Conklinetta Senior

Medium, Fine and Stub two tone steel nib Jet Black Resin with Vintage Style Button Filling system Conklin pen was an innovator in the day introducing the likes of the Crescent filler and this Button Filler.

Get your Conklin Conklinetta Senior here.

Snake Fountain Pen and Ballpoint

The Black Snake Collection

Snake Fountain Pen and BallpointYou never know what might come in the store on any given day, but last Thursday was truly the exception. A dealer I do a fair amount of business with (let’s call him Mongo) came to the store with a zip case full of pens. This is quite normal for him since he will scavenge for pens in all the places you and I might do the same (i.e. flea markets, antique shops, and even pawn shops). But his case wasn’t full of the usual assortment of new and vintage stuff, both good and not so good. This time his zip case was filled with 36 Black Snake fountain pens and matching ballpoints. My initial thought was that they look like something else, but upon looking at the collection it was clear these pens were just black pens with a really cool snake for a clip.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe fountain pen comes comes with a standard steel nib. Embossed on top is the letter P.

Take a closer look at the threading at the nib section base and you might think this is an eyedropper filled pen. While that would be clever, the pen does have a simple filling system where one will remove the blind cap on the end of the pen and fill using the piston.

Snake Fountain PenOverall, the Black Snake fountain pen is small by comparison to other fountain pens. Dimensions are below.

Length Closed: 13cm

Body Length:  12.1cm

Cap Size: 5.6 cm

With Cap Posted: 17.1 cm

Barrel Girth: 1.2 cm

Cap Girth: 1.4 com

Ink  Capacity: 1.5 standard cartridges.

Comes in a standard black box with pen sleeve to protect your pen.

Snake Ballpoint PenWhile the fountain pen is truly beautiful, or one might say simplicity refined. The ballpoint (yes, ballpoint) is as equally stunning an instrument. I don’t know for certain, but I’m sure these pens were made in Asia, the land known for making some really cheap pens, as well as well-known brands like Cross, Parker, and Sheaffer. The ballpoint has a wonderfully balanced feel to it, thick in size but not fat.  I would compare the size to one of my favorite ballpoints, the Pelikan K600 (and is half the price). But I’ll go one further. The Snake is a skoach bigger which makes it perfect in size for this writer. The pen has a smooth and responsive twist action mechanism delivering a pleasant quarter turn for advance and retraction. Equipped with a Schmidt EZ Flow refill. Bertram’s Inkwell will always recommend the Monteverde Super Broad Blue/Black refills. The ballpoint comes with the same box and protective sleeve as the fountain pen.

Snake Fountain Pen ClipDimensions

Length 13.5 cm   (Pelikan K600 13.1cm)

Cap Girth 1.4 cm  (Pelikan K600 1.2cm)

Lower barrel girth 1.0 cm (Pelikan K600  8.5mm)

Snake Ballpoint Pen RefillIn summary, these two pens really are something special. They’re truly a great value in a world of pens that can be outside of many people’s pen budget. I feel the quality is high, and longtime writing enjoyment is certain.

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