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The History of Conklin

Established in 1898, the Conklin Pen Company® is regarded as one of the most significant and innovative American writing instruments manufacturers from the golden era of fountain pens. Located in Toledo, Ohio, founder Roy Conklin registered the patent for the first working automatic filling mechanism in 1897 and is recognized as creating one of the worlds first practical self-filling fountain pen. The Crescent Filler soon proved to be a success world-wide. Thanks to Roy Conklin, owner and inventor, the fountain pen was ultimately made more practical and convenient for the public with his patented invention of the Crescent Filler™. The Crescent Filler has a piece of metal shaped like a crescent moon, that extends from the side of the pen, and was the key to a simple and easy one-handed way to self-fill the pen with ink. The simple depression of the crescent engages the internal pressure bar to collapse the built-in rubber sac. Releasing the crescent allows incoming ink to fill the sac. In 1903, Mark Twain, the legendary American author, expressed the virtues of this unique self-filling fountain pen by saying, "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." Becoming the official spokesman for The Conklin Pen Company, Mark Twain discovered yet another benefit to Conklin's Crescent Filler stating, "Also, I prefer it because it is profanity saver; it can't roll off the desk." In 2009, the World's leading source for fine writing instruments, Yafa companies, purchased the Conklin brand and is the world-wide distributor for this American Icon brand. Founded in 1978, owner, Yair (Jerry) Greenberg, is proud to utilize more than 36 years of experience to bring back the original creed and dedication of the original Conklin Pen Company to produce fine pens that everyone can be proud to own, treasure and gift. Based on the original designs of earlier models, all Conklin pens are hand manufactured by artisans dedicated to producing luxury writing instruments worthy of their legendary name, and with the greatest attention to detail, quality, and craftsmanship. Conklin pens continue to be highly valued by collectors and pen enthusiasts throughout the world. The favorite and most sort after designs are the Crescent fillers, Endura, Symetrick, Nozac, along with the Gilder models. It is very exciting to revitalize the above original models with their elegant and sophisticated look as well as drawing inspiration from their rich tapestry of designs and filling mechanisms that made Conklin one of the top four American brands within the golden era. The Conklin brand is respected for the best customer service and support. Even in todays impersonal world, we choose to offer a life-time guarantee to our customers throughout the life of the original owner.

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