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Caran D'ache Dunas


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#1 Anoia

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 13:23

I was surprised to see that there isn't a review of the Dunas on here.

 

This was an "accidental" buy, that soon turned out to be a favorite. I bough it a couple of weeks ago in January.

So I went to buy ink and they have this glass cabinet at the register where the sale items are presented, the Dunas caught my eye and I immediately tried several to see which color would be best. Though first I was put off because they only had a M nibs and I prefer F nibs. So I decided to sleep over it, but it wrote so nicely that I couldn't get it out of my head and I went back and bought it. Didn't regret it.

 

Note: It was on sale, because it is going out of production.

 

Appearence & Design: 9/10

- hexagonal shape in the middle that becomes round towards the ends

- looks like the design will age well

- hexagonal shape prevents the pen from rolling from the desk

 

Construction & Quality: 5/10

- light

- plastic

- cap can't be really posted, unless you apply pressure, otherwise it's loose (I don't mind, since I never post my pens.)

 

Weight & Dimensions: 7/10

- 13,5 cm lenght

- 1 cm width in the middle

- weighs 19 g with ink

- good size for people with small hands

I prefer heavier pens, but otoh it's perfect for my hand size.

 

Nib & Preformance: 10/10

- The nib is smooooooooooth, glides over paper like butter. :notworthy1:  Compared to this one, all my other pens suddenly feel scratchy.

- The size is M and it was the only size available. (I asked if the nib could be changed, but was told that no, it can't be. Now, I don't know if this is true or if it is just the policy of that store, because of warranty issues. I bought my Hemisphere there, too and they wouldn't exchange the nib either, telling me that the nib is fastened to the feed with clamps and can't be taken out, which is obviously BS, but I got a virginal pen from the factory, so I didn't mind.)

- Not dry, starts immediately. Either medium or wet.

- Stiff nib.

 

Filling System & Maintance: 8/10

- uses international cartriges/converters

- haven't disassembled, so can't tell anything about that, but assume that it's possible

 

Cost & Value: 10/10

- bought at KaDeWe

- for 39 € on sale (were previously 69 €)

- would pay a lot more just for the nib preformance alone

 

Conclusion: 9/10

Surpassed my expectations and is a daily writer. 1 point minus because of its lightness.

 

 

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writing sample:

 

the Dunas M nib has the same size as the Hemisphere F nib

 

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size comparison:

 

Waterman Hemisphere

Caran D'Ache Dunas

Lamy Safari

 

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posted:

 

you can see how the cap doesn't really fit

 

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The other Dunas' I tried felt the same way when I was writing with them and I found a review by sbrebrown who also noticed how nice the nib was, so I assume my nib is not a freak of nature.


Edited by Anoia, 28 February 2014 - 13:23.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 13:42

Well done with the review and nice find! 

I enjoy my Leman as the only CdA I have, and this would've been a nice pen too if it would post and was heavier. Your description seems to be similar to Stephen's about the Dunas so that's very helpful.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 14:18

Congratulations on the great price and the good nib; and thanks for the review!



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 17:32

The nib in the Dunas is the same as found in the Ecridor. Have 2 Dunas, 2 Ecridors and 4 leMans. Excellent nib, the fine is smooth, flow excellent. The Dunas series is a very under represented pen.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 18:04

I own one made in carbon fiber. I would give mine a 7/10 in construction and quality, and even more if you take into account that it has CdA's lifetime warranty.



#6 Anoia

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 15:56

Well done with the review and nice find! 

I enjoy my Leman as the only CdA I have, and this would've been a nice pen too if it would post and was heavier. Your description seems to be similar to Stephen's about the Dunas so that's very helpful.

 

Thanks!

 

Congratulations on the great price and the good nib; and thanks for the review!

 

Thanks!

 

The nib in the Dunas is the same as found in the Ecridor. Have 2 Dunas, 2 Ecridors and 4 leMans. Excellent nib, the fine is smooth, flow excellent. The Dunas series is a very under represented pen.

 

That's good to know. :drool:

 

I own one made in carbon fiber. I would give mine a 7/10 in construction and quality, and even more if you take into account that it has CdA's lifetime warranty.

 

While overall I really like this pen, I think the light plastic and the basically non-postable cap deserve minus-points, so I ended up with the middle.








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