Many pen companies celebrate the independence of Israel. Over the years, I’ve seen limited edition pens from Montegrappa, Omas, and Delta (to name a few), commemorating the anniversary of Israel’s becoming a state. This year brings us the new Conklin Israel 75th Anniversary Pen Collection.
First of all, Conklin is proud to introduce the Conklin Israel 75th Anniversary Pen Collection (It’s a Diamond Jubilee – a special anniversary celebration). This collection is comprised of a revitalized design of a vintage Conklin classic: a fountain pen, a rollerball, a ballpoint, and even a special limited ink. Exceptionable to look at and even better in hand, the Israel 75 is as unique as it is stunning.
Importantly, Israel is a sacred land that represents spiritual and religious identity. It is not just a country, but a symbol of important cultural values of national and universal significance to its people. 75 years ago on the 14th of May 1948, Israel declared independence and regained its natural birth right; a sovereign Jewish state. Those who live within its borders can be liberated from persecution, be free to express their culture openly, and to practice their religion fully without hindrance or fear.
Notably, many have aspired, and fought to have a land in which to call their own again, to return to Zion and the Land of Israel. There are scores of people to thank for their aide in the establishment of Israel, but none quite like Theodore Herzl. He was a journalist and writer who sought to form a Jewish state in the Land of Israel by spreading his ideas through pamphlets and later a book, gaining international attention and popularizing political Zionism.
Through his words, he single handedly unified the Jews and brought to light the injustices inflicted on his people. Though he died long before its establishment, Herzl is considered to be a father of the State of Israel. “Let me repeat once more my opening words: The Jews wish to have a State, and they shall have one. We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and die peacefully in our own home. The world will be freed by our liberty, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness.” Theodore Herzl (1896), A Jewish State.
Machined to perfection and scrupulously hand-polished, the Conklin Israel 75th Anniversary Pen Collection’s body features one of a kind high-graded blue and white resin, olive wood, and is then adorned with striking chrome accents along the overlay, clip and rings. Made with elaborate attention to details, each writing instrument is a visual representation of the country. Beautiful satin chrome plated overlay out of which a design is carved.
The custom-made resin underneath displays the main symbols of Israel’s cultural values: words Israel and (Israel in Hebrew); a dove and an olive branch, recognized throughout the world as a token of peace; the seven-branched Menorah, symbolizing the seven days of Creation; the Hebrew word Shalom, meaning “Peace” (one of harmony and contentment, in complete peace); the Torah, representing the core of the Jewish spiritual and religious tradition.
Located along the olive wood top of the cap is an intricately engraved coin with the Star of David encircled by the Shema Yisrael (the centerpiece of the daily morning and evening prayer services). The clip is etched with a grape vine design on it as a symbol of the Tree of Life. The band incorporates the sacred Western Wailing Wall (Kotel in Hebrew), long believed to be the sole remains of the Second Temple, that stood in Jerusalem for over 2000 years as well as a numerical reference to the 75th anniversary years: number 75 and in Hebrew numerology. Each pen is a unique piece of art.
Finally, the Conklin Israel 75 Anniversary Diamond Jubilee collection is a numbered Limited Edition of 1948 pieces. The fountain pen fills via cartridge or converter (included) and is equipped with a premium #6 JoWo nib personalized with the Conklin name, the historic “Toledo, USA” mark, and a crescent-shaped breathing hole. The nib is available in stainless steel: Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, Stub, Omniflex. It’s also available by special order with 14k gold in: Fine, Medium and Omniflex points. The rollerball accepts standard international rollerball refill. The ballpoint refills with our favorite Monteverde Parker Style ballpoint or gel refills. Each fountain pen is displayed in a custom-made luxury gift box with a bottle of new exclusive, specially-made Conklin Blue Diamond ink. The ink is inspired by the blue color of the country’s flag, and can also be purchased separately from the fountain pen.
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For those of you who may not know this, Ken Jones of Yafa Pen Company loves to rock out to Iron Maiden. He’s a huge fan of their music. You can see his steady hand capturing video of their concerts he attends. Therefore when I saw the name of Private Reserve’s new limited edition ink, I knew it had to be with Ken’s influence. The Private Reserve 2 Minutes To Midnight Blue Ink is a wonderful, dark shade of blue. Its name is very similar to the Iron Maiden song, “2 Minutes To Midnight”.
First of all, I find it interesting that there’s no mention of the song on the box. Instead, the description reads: “It’s almost midnight and you find yourself looking at the stars, recording the day’s events with a favorite pen. Special days are best remembered in color, one that jumps from the page. Private Reserve Inks is proud to announce our first limited edition ink: Private Reserve 2 Minutes To Midnight Blue Ink. Packed in a special 110mL bottle, only 1,100 pieces of this unique pantone color will ever be produced. Reach for this star before time runs out!”. Well, that’s a lot of great information packed into a small space on the box.
Secondly, I like the unique bottle shape. It’s a larger size due to the 110mL of ink it contains, and the hexagonal shape is easy to hold. There’s a sticker of a clock on top of the cap, with the time pointing to (you guessed it) 2 Minutes To Midnight.
Thirdly, the dark blue color really does resemble the nighttime sky. As you can see in the pictures, I filled my Conklin Word Gauge Blue fountain pen with this ink. I love the way it matches too. This Private Reserve 2 Minutes To Midnight Blue Ink really does jump from the page as they suggest.
Finally, with so many great blue inks out there to choose from, I like how this really does stand apart. It’s a rich, deep blue with shading properties. When I wrote with it, this ink flowed easily onto my Rhodia pad of paper. My words don’t do this ink justice with how great it is, so hopefully these pictures have captured the quality of this ink’s color.