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#1 Teaos

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 09:18


Yes I realise the writing is hard to see. I'm going to have to work on that.

Enjoy!




Here are some pictures:


The box in which it came in:









This one is a bit out of focus...





The celluloid barrel with green flecks wub.gif





Hope you enjoyed the review.

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Edited by Teaos, 04 April 2009 - 09:37.


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#2 hari317

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 11:28

Beautiful celluloid, thanks for sharing. Does the pen give out a whiff of camphor? I would also be interested to know if the barrel is translucent.

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#3 Teaos

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 21:14

QUOTE (hari317 @ Apr 4 2009, 09:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Beautiful celluloid, thanks for sharing. Does the pen give out a whiff of camphor? I would also be interested to know if the barrel is translucent.

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The barrel isn't translucent, but what is camphor? Is it that kerosene smell you get from resin pens?

EDIT: The pen does have a faint odour, but quite light and pleasant. Hope that helps.


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Edited by Teaos, 04 April 2009 - 21:15.


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Posted 05 April 2009 - 21:14

pretty pen, no doubt! possibly the worst pen i own (no, i'm sure it is the worst i own!!) it won't write, no matter what i do... i'm serious, i've done everything, from adjusting the tines, changing the feed, using different inks... you name it. it writes a couple of words on paper and dies!!!!

i'm glad you like yours. thanx for the review!

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 05:59

QUOTE (lovemy51 @ Apr 6 2009, 07:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
pretty pen, no doubt! possibly the worst pen i own (no, i'm sure it is the worst i own!!) it won't write, no matter what i do... i'm serious, i've done everything, from adjusting the tines, changing the feed, using different inks... you name it. it writes a couple of words on paper and dies!!!!

i'm glad you like yours. thanx for the review!


Actually having used it for a few days now it's starting to skip a lot and lost its original smoothness. Looks great, but sadly I can't write with it anymore crybaby.gif

Edited by Teaos, 06 April 2009 - 05:59.


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Posted 06 April 2009 - 07:08

QUOTE (Teaos @ Apr 5 2009, 10:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (lovemy51 @ Apr 6 2009, 07:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
pretty pen, no doubt! possibly the worst pen i own (no, i'm sure it is the worst i own!!) it won't write, no matter what i do... i'm serious, i've done everything, from adjusting the tines, changing the feed, using different inks... you name it. it writes a couple of words on paper and dies!!!!

i'm glad you like yours. thanx for the review!


Actually having used it for a few days now it's starting to skip a lot and lost its original smoothness. Looks great, but sadly I can't write with it anymore crybaby.gif


i'm sorry about that! sad.gif dukes are very good pens... sadly, not in the case of the Mako (IMO).

Edited by lovemy51, 06 April 2009 - 07:09.


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Posted 06 April 2009 - 10:15

QUOTE (Teaos @ Apr 5 2009, 02:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The barrel isn't translucent, but what is camphor? Is it that kerosene smell you get from resin pens?

EDIT: The pen does have a faint odour, but quite light and pleasant. Hope that helps.
Jeremy


Hi Jeremy, Camphor is one of the main ingredients in the manufacture of cellulose Nitrate and hence such celluloid gives out a whiff of camphor, it is a pleasant smell actually.

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 10:49

By the way, does anyone know if the Duke nibs are removable? I've tried twisting and pulling but the nib just won't budge. I tried switching the nib holder with my Duke D10. It screws on all right but the cap won't clip in place wallbash.gif Such a pretty pen and such a waste...

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 22:51

QUOTE (Teaos @ Apr 6 2009, 03:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
By the way, does anyone know if the Duke nibs are removable? I've tried twisting and pulling but the nib just won't budge. I tried switching the nib holder with my Duke D10. It screws on all right but the cap won't clip in place wallbash.gif Such a pretty pen and such a waste...

i've taken the nib out a million times... maybe more. they are friction fitted. try applying heat to it (i've used a small hair blow-drier) then, kinda like pulling and twisting the feed and nib together, just pull that baby out.

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 05:41

QUOTE (lovemy51 @ Apr 7 2009, 08:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Teaos @ Apr 6 2009, 03:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
By the way, does anyone know if the Duke nibs are removable? I've tried twisting and pulling but the nib just won't budge. I tried switching the nib holder with my Duke D10. It screws on all right but the cap won't clip in place wallbash.gif Such a pretty pen and such a waste...

i've taken the nib out a million times... maybe more. they are friction fitted. try applying heat to it (i've used a small hair blow-drier) then, kinda like pulling and twisting the feed and nib together, just pull that baby out.


How do you put it back in then?


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Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:27

I bought my Mako from Norman at Hisnibs.com at least six months ago and haven't had a lick of trouble with it. Course, maybe there /is/ something to that whole tuning the nib before the pen is sent out deal. wink.gif

Interestingly, my box is different. It's rectangular.

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:44

Glad to see your pen is working, Reginleif. May I ask who tuned it for you?

I exchanged the nib of the Mako with my D10, now it works much better, although the line is a bit too wet. Still it's better than skipping.

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:47

QUOTE (Reginleif @ Apr 7 2009, 02:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought my Mako from Norman at Hisnibs.com at least six months ago and haven't had a lick of trouble with it. Course, maybe there /is/ something to that whole tuning the nib before the pen is sent out deal. wink.gif


How about that! thumbup.gif

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:49

QUOTE (Reginleif @ Apr 6 2009, 11:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought my Mako from Norman at Hisnibs.com at least six months ago and haven't had a lick of trouble with it. Course, maybe there /is/ something to that whole tuning the nib before the pen is sent out deal. wink.gif

Interestingly, my box is different. It's rectangular.

you could be right and buying thru nisnibs.com is the way to go, but wow!... at $65 i can buy me a nice vintage... anything!!!... say two, nice P21 super!!!

Teaos, to get the nib/feed back in, just put the nib over the feed where the tines align with the feed channel and wiggle it back in. just follow the look of the other FP's you own to see how the nib and feed align.

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:50

QUOTE (Teaos @ Apr 7 2009, 02:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Glad to see your pen is working, Reginleif. May I ask who tuned it for you?


Hi Teaos,

If I may be so bold as to answer for Reginleif rolleyes.gif

As I mention on each page of my website:

IMPORTANT SERVICE NOTE: Every nib that ships from His Nibs is closely examined under high magnification and
tuned or adjusted if needed. About 85% of modern nibs need some adjustment out-of-the-box from the manufacturer
for an optimal writing experience. Most commonly, the tines of the nib are misaligned -- which would cause
scratchiness at the minimum; the slit between the tines is partially or fully closed -- which would starve the nib of ink and
at best cause skipping; or the slit between the tines is too wide -- which will either again cause skipping, or conversely,
flooding. There are other factors -- such as separation of the nib from the feed -- that are inspected and repaired
before any pen leaves the Palace.



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Posted 07 April 2009 - 07:19

So expensive though...

Well I guess you either pay little for something that doesn't work or pay a lot for something that does...

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 07:24

QUOTE (Reginleif @ Apr 7 2009, 02:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought my Mako from Norman at Hisnibs.com at least six months ago and haven't had a lick of trouble with it. Course, maybe there /is/ something to that whole tuning the nib before the pen is sent out deal. wink.gif

Interestingly, my box is different. It's rectangular.


Duke produces quite a few different pen boxes...and in most cases they're not made for specific pens. The model I've always received in that shagreen box is the Mini Torpedo. It certainly fits with the the theme of the Mako though. headsmack.gif
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 05:05

QUOTE (His Nibs @ Apr 7 2009, 12:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Reginleif @ Apr 7 2009, 02:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought my Mako from Norman at Hisnibs.com at least six months ago and haven't had a lick of trouble with it. Course, maybe there /is/ something to that whole tuning the nib before the pen is sent out deal. wink.gif

Interestingly, my box is different. It's rectangular.


Duke produces quite a few different pen boxes...and in most cases they're not made for specific pens. The model I've always received in that shagreen box is the Mini Torpedo. It certainly fits with the the theme of the Mako though. headsmack.gif


Eh. I really don't care much about the box to be honest. Only in cases of special editions where it matters, like my Pelikan Sahara. smile.gif Frankly, I like the rectangular one better anyway. thumbup.gif

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 02:04

Hi, Teaos,

 

Thanks for your great pen review and your super-great pictures!

 

Been thinking lately about purchasing a celluloid Shark. I've never knowingly bought a celluloid FP and am curious about the material. I remember buying some sheets of celluloid awhile back. They're sometimes used to make guitar-picks, though I used them for a fine-art project. I really liked the scent!

 

As for the idiosyncracies and shortcomings of the pen, I agree with His Nibs, above, that the majority of all fountain pens, particularly the new ones right out of the box, do require some adjustments, sometimes minor and sometimes major! Even highly regarded brands such as Platinum, Sailor, Montblanc (yes, Montblanc) need tweaking, and I say that not because I'm a neurotic perfectionist; rather, I have found out through experience (and yes, I've bought pens from the three manufacturers I just cited) that I need to adapt those nibs--and virtually all nibs--to my unique writing style.

 

Rest assured, I'm not a one-note Johnny who harps on smoothness, smoothness, smoothness. I like smoothness, but it is certainly not my single criterion for judging the worth of a nib. Frankly, the smoothest nib I've ever written with is a Rotring medium stainless steel nib, which came attached to a 1995 Millennium FP. The pen looks like a Jackson Pollack painting. I really like it! And yes, the smoothness of the nib is truly the nonpareil ​of smoothness.

 

When I take the plunge and buy a Mako Shark, perhaps I'll publish my own review.

 

Thanks again for yours.

 

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 02:31

Be aware that though the sharks look great, they have a horrible plastic inner cap that cracks as soon as you look at it. It is not removable so it is impossible to permanently fix. This will keep the cap from sealing well, and may very well cause your pen to dry out, hard start, etc.. I have two sharks and although they look great and when they write they write beautifully, they aren't consistent enough for me.

 

ETA: One of the things I love about FPN are the necro-threads.


Edited by displacermoose, 25 June 2017 - 02:31.

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