Writing instruments made of wood are hit-or-miss. Either they look really cheap, poorly made, and feel like they’ll crack any moment, or they are high quality, made with exotic wood, and have a tactile grain that feels great in your hand. The new Conklin All American Ebony Wood Collection is definitely of the latter. It’s available in both fountain pen and rollerball, and I wish it was also available as a ballpoint.
As you may already know, the All American model is an oversized pen (both in length and girth). And following the success of the limited edition Golden Walnut (see my review here), this is the next limited edition to make sure is part of your collection. I wonder which type of wood they’ll use for the next one? It’s an exceptional finish, and I like imagining how the finish will take on its own personality with continued use.
The All American pens made of resin are a bit lighter, so you should expect a substantial pen with this one. The wood adds a little more weight to the pen. As for the quality, you’re looking at a strong ebony wood that makes this pen so unique. Ebony lumber hails all the way from Mozambique, Africa. Each pen has its own unique wood grain, which enhances the aesthetic.
To accentuate the darker features of the Conklin All American Ebony Wood Collection, each pen is fitted with gunmetal trim – even the threads are gunmetal, with a polished black grip section. Normally I’d go for a contrasting trim, but this seems to match the pen perfectly.
After appreciating taking your writing back to nature with this special ebony wood, the next thing to enjoy is the JoWo steel nib this fountain pen is equipped with. Writing with a nib that you know will keep up with your writing needs is so important. You can choose from extra fine, fine, medium, broad, stub, and Omniflex. Also, just as with other Conklin fountain pens, this fills with an international size cartridge/converter. Which ink would you fill it with? As for the rollerball, it uses the standard Schmidt 888 or 5888 rollerball refills.
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