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Welcome to the Conklin sales page. Please note that this website has no sales cart. Most pens shown are singletons, and I sometimes lag with updates noting completed sales.   Please contact me to confirm availability. Payment typically is by Paypal, though Postal Money Order can be done too. Shipping starts at about $9 insured in USA and ranges up with price of pen. International shipping tends to run $25-$50




Pen 4108 K:  Conklin Endura "Stubby" model $265
Sapphire Celluloid. Nearmint Condition. Ultrafine "accountant" nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Perfect
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Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Ultrafine Imprint:  Superb
Size 4.5"  11.2 cm PRICE: $265
COMMENTS: I'm fond of Conklin, what toward the end was the smallest of the Big Five American pen makers. The late 1920s Enduras were high quality things, pens that had no trouble competing on beauty and engineering with the other big manufacturer's products.  Classic flat-top styling. Hefty cap-band. Spring clip. Sweet colors.  This one is Sapphire (mottled blue) in the stubby model, which was short but standard-diameter, not to be confused with slender ladies' pens. 4.5 inches long, it posts to 5.75" or 15cm. This one is a gem, with appropriate claim to the oft misused "near mint". Perfect color including barrel threads. Razor sharp maker's imprint. Clean trim.  This one has a verrrry fine point, which is smooth. Worthy of any collector-grade Conklin collection, and ready to write of course.


Pen 4090 NB:  Conklin Nozac Wordgauge Set. Mid 1930s  $215
Standard Diameter 5M (5000 word) set

Overall Grade: Exc*
Metal: 1 Issue (capband) Color:  Superb
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Moderate Amber

Point: Fine Imprint:  Superb Size: 5 1/4" 12.2 cm PRICE: $215
COMMENTS:  "Nozac" for no-sac. Conklin did the "transparent barrel with visible ink level". Conklin is grouped with the other Big Five pen makers from pendom's Golden Age, and it offered some excellent quality series. This mid 1930s Nozac offered alternating longitudinal lines of pearlescent gray and of transparent celluloid (even the cap!). The classic word gague imprint is sharp. Nib is a sweet flexible thing.  Shooting pen for this update I did find a flaw. The cap-band has either deep scratch or slight separation (factory defect? No plastic damage nearby) as vertical line that can be seen below  the clip. Cap-band is snug and unworn.j Weird. Big pencil included. I knocked off $80 for the cap-band thing. Kills me a bit this sells for less than a bunch of relatively common Sheaffer Snorkels from 20 years later, but the market is what the market is. Note that the pencil is from the more upscale Deluxe line (fatter cap-band), but matches the pen well enough.


Pen 4037 K  Conklin Hard Rubber 20-P Crescent-Fill  $175 SOLD
Gold-Filled trim. Flex Conklin #3 nib


Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine
Color:  Extra Fine
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Nib condition: Excellent
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point: Flex XF to Broad+ Imprint:  Extra Fine
Size: 4 3/8" 11cm
PRICE: $175
COMMENTS: A very pretty squat but standard diameter Conklin likely early 1920s, with threaded cap (not earlier slip cap) and with pink gold-filled trim at the spring clip, cap ring and crescent. Lovely #3 size nib with rich red-gold patina.  Light even wear but still with well preserved chasing and imprints. Neat little pen with nice point


Pen 4064 K: 1923 Conklin flat-top $275
Model 26 Black Chased  Hard Rubber. Stickered Ultra Flex nib

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Light Oxidation
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Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine High Flex Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 1/8" 13 cm
PRICE: $275
Comments: Model 26. Dates to 1923 per collector Dave Glass, though I might have expected a bit later. Live and learn. I couldn't turn down a stickered clean pen from this era when it popped up in collection offered to me. The rubber has light oxidation, but I am not going to have it recolored. DIpping showed no ink. The nib has original iridescent patina I will not polish away. It seems to put down good line with water and has hefty flex (better than many of the Watermans pulling crazy prices lately).  You might go another twenty years trying to find one mint stickered.  The barrel band/sticker is loose so do keep an eye on it (it will slide from the barrel).  My warranty covers this one. If you decide to make it a user and it needs a nib adjustment, I'll subsidize within the first year. The monster nib is worth it.  Still, this one is appopriate at least as much for a top grade Conklin collection, given condition and model.


Pen 4009K Conklin non-Endura (Pastel line)  $280
 Orange Celluloid. Standard Size

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine-Med Imprint:  Exc+ Size: 4.75" 12 cm
PRICE: $280
COMMENTSLConklin, part of the Big Five during American Pendom's Golden Age, had nothing for which to apologize during the late 1920s. It's flat-top pens were on par with the quality from those by the evil competition, and the pens were pretty.  People are most familar with the Endura line from that era, standard and fat pens that featured Conklin's classic annular/incised lines. Conklin did offer sub-Endura flat-tops, often in pastel colors, as well as in some exotic Celluloids such as "Halloween" and "Zebra".  Most of the monotone pastel non Enduras are found today in pale green and pale blue. This one is orange, same color as the high line Endura, but of course lacking the incised lines onc cap and barrel. I've seen fewer in orange than in the other non-Endura colors. I find the nib interesting, as offhand I don't recall the bold "SS" marking on the Conklin nib. Research for another day.

This one is very clean with brassing-free gold-filled trim, razor sharp manufacturer's imprint and clean plastic. It is a great writer, putting down a smooth line between fine and medium. This is a standard diameter pen, of equal girth to the Endura version


1930s Conklin "sub-Endura" pens
Flex nibs

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COMMENTS: Conklins 1920s flat-tops gave way to round-end pens around 1930. The high line Endura became the Endura-Symmetrik, eventually yielding to the Nozac.  During this era Conklin  offered pens priced below the high line Endura and Nozac, pens which had the same general contour, often more bold colors, and often more flexible nibs. These are well appreciated by Conklin aficianados. The group above is done in the Endura Symmetrik style, but are slender non-Enduras. Three pens are in Dawn Pearl Celluloid, while the stunning  center pen has a red/gray mix for which I've never seen a formal name. All pens save second from left are standard length, while that one is stubby, a less common variant. All of these are part of a 20+ pen Conklin collection I bought several months ago at the LA Pen Show. These date to early 1930s

Long pens are 5" (12.8cm) long. Short pens are 4 5/8" long (11.6cm). All are ~ 1.1cm wide  (cap lip, across cap opening)
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Item # Details
Condition
Nib: Price  
1
3943 K
Dawn Pearl. Full length. Gold-filled trim. Very clean with superb trim (no brassing on clip or cap-bands).  Flexible fine+ point, akin to a more flexible Waterman Red nib though not a wet noodle Pink nib.  Clean plastic with excellent original Conklin imprints. Just a hint of ambering of gray color as shown in photo. A collector grade pen with nice eye appeal for not much more than flexy beaten-up black Waterman 52s seem to pull these days.
Excellent
Fine Flex
$225
2 3944 K
Dawn Pearl. Short. Chrome-tone trim. Excellent+ condition with clean trim, color and plastic. Excellent original manufacturer's imprint. High Flex extra fine (extra fine flexes to broad+) nib, at least as flexible as Waterman Pink nib. The short Dawn Pearl pens are a bit more uncommon than the long. On delay for trip to restorer for extra nib smoothening. If you email me within couple days of this listing and want to have the nib work done by one of your own connections, $40 discount but then  without return option for scritchy nib.

Excellent+ Extra Fine with High Flex
$225
SOLD
3
3945 Pearlescent Red/Gray mottled. Full length. Gold-filled trim. Excellent condition. Superb color preservaton and clean trim. Really nice fine-med point at least semi-flex smoothly giving line control up to medium-broad.  A better color. Clean trim. Great Conklin barrel imprint.
Excellent
Fine+, semi-flex  $325
SOLD
4 3946 Dawn Pearl pen.  Full length. Chrome tone trim. Superb condition. Color, imprint and trim all are great. High flex nib goes at least from XF to BB, with a hint of tooth.
Near Mint Extra Fine High Flex $275
SOLD
43947Dawn Pearl pencil.  Full length. Chrome tone trim.
Near Mint 
SOLD

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Pen 2993-S  Conklin Endura Symmetrik $195
Leaf Green with Excellent color

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: VG Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  VG clarity: NA
Point:  Medium-stubbish* Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.5 cm
PRICE: $195
COMMENTSGorgeous color, relatively uncommon Symmetrik. Standard size but chunky relative to competitors (fatter than Sheaffer Balance Standard for example). Nice medium-point nib with bit of stub quality (thinner cross-strokes) allowing for expressive writing. Nib is slightly later NOZAC era but still a large solid point.  Trim has bit of brassing at top and bottom of clip and on part of lower cap ring as can be seen in photo.  Color is superb. As is well known, pale pearlescent coors (green is notorious) tend to discolor severely. This one  has grand color.   Cap closes a bit off-angle but threads smoothly to close firmly. Priced down for brassing and cap angle.


Pen 1986 Conklin Lapis Blue "Sub Endura" Ringtop
Nearmint. Price Stickered. Stellar Color  $205  

Overall Grade: NM
Metal: NM Color:  NM CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  F-M  with some Flex Imprint:  NM Size: 4 1/4" with ring
PRICE$205
COMMENTS:   It's near mint (mint save for having met ink). Color is perfect. Prie sticker still on bottom of pen. A gorgeous Lapis Conklin  "sub endura" a flat top in the style of Endura but without Endura markings (think non-white dot version of  Sheaffer white dot pen).




Please contact me to confirm availability. Payment typically is by Paypal, though Postal Money Order can be done too. Shipping starts at about $9 insured in USA and ranges up with price of pen. International shipping tends to run $25-$50
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