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Classic, yet versatile. Timeless, yet modern. The Cleo Classic fits – without fitting in. It does not just fit in your hand well, but it also glides across paper as light as a feather due to its low weight. However, there is one reason why the Cleo Classic might be a difficult fit: the decision as to which version better fits you: The Cleo Classic Metal. The Cleo Classic Palladium or maybe the Cleo Classic Gold.

The Cleo Skribent Gold Classic cartridge converter pen features a 14 carat gold nib in fine, medium or broad. It is made of precious resin in Black, Bordeaux or White. The pen is supplied with a screw-in converter, and will also take a standard cartridge. The cap is screw-on.

Cleo Skribent pens are made in Bad Wilsnack, not far from the River Elbe between Berlin and Hamburg. Yes, Germany, where many expensive and purportedly excellent writing instruments come from. And these ones are – excellent, that is.

The company was founded just after the second world war, in that part of Germany that was a democratic republic. They supplied top quality writing instruments to the Eastern Bloc – they were big in Cuba. There’s cool!

With the reunification of Germany in 1990 their market broadened, and as well as manufacturing pens themselves, they finished pens for some better known pen and jewellery manufacturers. We first came across them ten or so years ago, and for a while did nicely with their Messograph – a ballpoint with an inbuilt Vernier scale. But we sort of drifted apart – there’s a limit to even the cleverest ballpoint - until earlier this year when, out of the blue, came a brochure featuring lots of interesting pens.

For a top quality pen German pen that won’t break the bank, we commend Cleo Skribent!

Size details - Cleo Skribent Classic Palladium Cartridge/Converter Gold Nib Fountain Pen

Length (capped): 144.5mm
Length (pen only): 134.5mm
Length (posted): 161mm

Diameter (barrel): 11mm
Diameter (section): 9.5mm

Weight (complete, empty converter): 21g
Weight (pen, ditto): 14g
Wight (cap): 7g

Refill: Bottled ink using Cleo Skribent converter (supplied), or cartridges.