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The History of Conklin



Established in 1898 during the golden era of fountain pens, the Conklin Pen Company® is regarded as one of the most innovative American pen manufacturers. Founder Roy Conklin from Toledo, Ohio, is recognized for creating one of the world’s first self-filling fountain pens. Thanks to Conklin’s work, the design of fountain pens became more practical for public use when his patent for the first automatic filling mechanism went through in 1897. Named for its crescent moon-shaped metal that allows users to self-fill the ink, the Crescent Filler™ soon became a worldwide success. When the crescent is pressed, it collapses a sac, which is then filled when released. In 1903, legendary American author Mark Twain expressed his praise, saying, “I prefer it to ten other fountain pens, because it carries its filler in its own stomach, and I cannot mislay even by art or intention.” Twain became the official spokesman for the Conklin Pen Company, and discovered yet another benefit to the Crescent Filler, stating, “Also, I prefer it because it is a profanity saver; it can't roll off the desk.” Yafa Companies, the world’s leading source for fine writing instruments, purchased the Conklin brand and became its worldwide distributor in 2009. Yafa was founded in 1978 by owner Yair “Jerry” Greenberg, and is proud to have dedicated 40 years of experience to bring back the original Conklin Pen Company to produce luxury pens that users may cherish. All Conklin pens are based on the original designs of earlier models, and hand-manufactured by artisans to ensure top-quality craftsmanship. The legendary pens are always a favorite for collectors and pen enthusiasts, noting their great attention to detail. The most sought after models include the Crescent Filler, Endura, Symetrick, Nozac, and Gilder models. It is always exciting for Yafa to revitalize Conklin’s revolutionary models, and to continue their timeless design. The sophisticated detailing and unique filling mechanisms offer a natural elegance to any writing. Even with the expansion of technology creating impersonal atmospheres, the Conklin brand remains respected for their top-notch customer service and support, offering lifetime guarantees to customers.









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