I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside and outside of the cap and barrel. Hand polished the Gold Filled Conklin Rocker Clip, Cap Banding, and 14K Conklin NIB. The Conklin Rocker Clip does not display any wear and has been polished to a bright gold filled color. The gold-filled cap banding does display some minor wear and has been polished to shine brightly. I have cleaned, buffed, and polished the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy of the fountain pen and to protect the celluloid. This Conklin Nozac is a Standard size model that measures 5 1/4" capped and 6" posted.
The fountain pen cap and barrel are in excellent condition with no chips or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap and barrel have amazing, vibrant Red, Black, and Silver coloring with no darkening The barrel transparency is near water clear with minor ambering. The faceted barrel and cap have 12 sides - this is not the 14 sided type. The barrel is stamped with, "THE CONKLIN PEN CO TOLEDO OHIO. U.S.A. NOZAC D. 84394 REG. U.S. PAT. OFF." Additionally, there are word gauge imprints on the barrel that are clearly marked from !M to 5M. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel.
Installed are new rubber o-rings that replaced the broken-down and deteriorated original cork seal. The pen has been disassembled, cleaned, and inspected for any defects before reassembling. The piston filling system is now working as it was originally intended to. I have tested the filling mechanism with water to fills and empties as it was originally designed to. Lastly, the end of the piston knob has the imprints of "FILL" and "EMPTY" clearly marked.
The 14K Conklin NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .71mm when measured with digital calipers. In the writing sample provided, the nib writes with a fine line measuring roughly .50mm light pressure and will flex to a double broad line which measures roughly 1.35mm with firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. The writing sample in this listing was completed with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This Conklin Herringbone/V-Line Fountain Pen is an extremely desirable and difficult model to find in the Red & Silver patter - considered the most desirable color in this pattern. I would consider this Conklin to grade in Very Fine to Excellent Condition. The imprints are strong, the color is vibrant, working piston filling mechanism, with great gold filled trim - everything a collector wants in this type of model. I would consider this a collector grade V Line/Herringbone Conklin that should be cherished in a deserving collection.
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