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The Pencilcase Blog – A Visit To CONID

9 November 2014

CONID Would like to share this awesome review by Dries, owner of The Pencilcase Blog.

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Past saturday, we (my dad and I) went to the Conid Day in Antwerp, not far from where I live. Conid, or rather Komec, is specialised in building custom machinery for other companies, but a few years ago, they ventured into the world of fountain pens.

It all started when a fountain pen enthousiast called Francis (aka. Fountainbel, pictured below, next to yours truly…) developed a unique filling system that he wanted to bring into production. The innovation and knowledge about fountain pens of Francis, combined with the expertise in precision machining from the guys over at Komec, resulted in a new brand being born: Conid!

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With their first fountain pen, the Regular Bulkfiller, Conid aimed at people wanting the best possible ink capacity with a revolutionary filling system based on a vacuum filler. Since then, Werner, the owner of Comec/Conid, and Francis continued to improve on the original design. And in the past couple of years, they came up with some pretty impressive new pens.

The visit began with a tour around the Komec/Conid factory, organised by Werner. He’s obviously very proud of what they do. And with reason! I’ve never seen a factory – of any kind- as well-organised and clean as his! Seeing the massice CNC machines, where Conid pens are born, is quite impressive. Mind you, since they usually work on much larger-scale projects, and with high-quantity orders, they don’t just own one small CNC machine, they have multiple production halls full of heavy machinery, parts, raw materials,… Quite a sight to behold!

Werner also made clear that one of their main focus points is to achieve the highest possible tolerances, and how they make sure every part is perfect. In their Hi-tech control lab, they can measure individual machined pieces to up to a thousandth of a centimetre. If I’d remember one thing from the tour around the factory, it would be Werner’s insatiable aim for precision. If it isn’t perfect yet, it’ll never end up in the hands of the customer!

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After the tour, we had a friendly chat with Fountainbel. And I also got to meet Wim, the owner and moderator of the Fountain Pen Network forum, who was there to present the new FPN limited edition Conid Kingsize (Another gorgeous pen!)

Apart from the current available models, Werner also introduced their latest design feat: The CAISO (Cap Activated Ink Shut-Off). On first sight, the CAISO is remarkably similar to the Kingsize, but with the addition of several solid Titanium Parts. But the really cool thing about this pen can be found inside the cap and feed: A small metal rod in the cap shuts down the ink supply from the section, which prevents the pen from leaking during transport. Good Stuff!

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I’ve had a great time drooling at all the pretty pens, and talking with passionate people. My respect for the brand has grown considerably, seeing the amount of effort and time they put in every pen. Conid makes expensive pens, no doubt about that, but after taking a look behind the scenes there’s no doubt about the impeccable quality!

Dries B. – The Pencilcase Blog

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