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.
|Loads of different materials! And look at that gorgeous Tibaldi Impero Celluloid at the bottom!|
|Werner showing us around in his magnificent factory|
|One of the Conid employees demonstrating Fountainbel's patented Bulkfiller system|
|The testing table, with all the different nibs Conid offers|
|The new demonstrator version of the Conid Minimalistica|
|One of the CAISO prototypes|
|A Cut-out version of the CAISO, a true engineering feat!|
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!
|The assembly room|