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#1 kaisede

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 21:21

Review for Dupont 007 Casino Royale

I got this pen two years ago at a pen show. This pen caught my eyes because at the time I was looking for a perfect black pen that I can use at work but not too plain, which does not show any kind of characteristic. The black lacquered barrel with a touch of vertical lined guilloche transposed on the palladium edging is just what I am looking for on a black pen that isn’t too boring. Month before I purchase my Shaman so I am familiar with the smoothness of a Dupont nib. The presentation box is pretty impressive; it is made from heavy (properly weights around 2 lbs) duty plastic that looks exactly like its outer box. I have many LE pen made by different companies I would rank this presentation box one of the best because the design of the box matches the pen.







The nib is 18k gold medium size with “007” engraving on it. It is butter smooth and glides across paper without much feedback. I think there are two reasons that turn off some collectors about Dupont pen first being a C/C fill and second being a heavy pen. Personally I prefer a piston fill pen because I write a lot in one sitting and it is more classic compare to C/C fill. Few weeks ago I was studying my accounting final and about 5 hours into it my pen ran out ink. I am not sure how many pages I wrote before it ran out of ink but this never had happen to me when I use my 149 or 146 especially when I fill the ink up to the top. However, this does not deter me to recommend people to take a look at the Dupont pen because the smoothness of the nib and the design makes up the lack of ink capacity.




Size comparison with MB 146.



Second reason is the weight. It is a heavy pen for some people. My hand gets tried time to time when I write too long with my Dupont pen. However, if you post the cap and let your wrist do the writing the pen doesn’t feel as heavy.

Last thought, overall I would rank this pen “to get” or at least “to try” when you get a chance. The shape and the detail of design differently distinguish the pen from many other pen brands. A classic black pen with a twist in coloring made me call this pen a perfect black pen.

The above review for the nib, weight and design for this pen is true for all Olympio lacquered pen since the 007 is a black lacquered Olympio pen with a twist.

Andy


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 23:18

Andy.

Nice review and great pictures. You really managed to capture the stripes.

I understand what you are saying about the perfect black pen (and also your perfect white, the Shaman). I have a slightly different twist, my perfect black is my 007 James Bond - Gun Metal. I had that and my Shaman re-ground to cursive italics so I have my perfect Black and perfect White that should cover any occasion.

Thanks for the review.

Neil


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 23:34

I enjoy the review. Thanks.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 23:50

QUOTE (Shalori @ Jun 6 2009, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Andy.

Nice review and great pictures. You really managed to capture the stripes.

I understand what you are saying about the perfect black pen (and also your perfect white, the Shaman). I have a slightly different twist, my perfect black is my 007 James Bond - Gun Metal. I had that and my Shaman re-ground to cursive italics so I have my perfect Black and perfect White that should cover any occasion.

Thanks for the review.

Neil


Thanks Neil I will be looking forward for you review. A while ago I posted a topic called "perfect white pen" and you are right it is the Shaman. The Bond Gun metal is really nice and SUPER under-rated.

Andy




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Posted 06 June 2009 - 23:52

QUOTE (Pepin @ Jun 6 2009, 11:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I enjoy the review. Thanks.



Thank you.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 02:40

QUOTE (kaisede @ Jun 6 2009, 06:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Shalori @ Jun 6 2009, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Andy.

Nice review and great pictures. You really managed to capture the stripes.

I understand what you are saying about the perfect black pen (and also your perfect white, the Shaman). I have a slightly different twist, my perfect black is my 007 James Bond - Gun Metal. I had that and my Shaman re-ground to cursive italics so I have my perfect Black and perfect White that should cover any occasion.

Thanks for the review.

Neil


Thanks Neil I will be looking forward for you review. A while ago I posted a topic called "perfect white pen" and you are right it is the Shaman. The Bond Gun metal is really nice and SUPER under-rated.

Andy



Andy.

I just did a search and found your post on the perfect black and white pen. As was mentioned before, the Shaman simply does not photograph well. It is almost impossible to capture that pearlescent effect. That worked in my favor, however, since I got mine at significantly below retail.

Thanks again for the review

Neil



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Posted 07 June 2009 - 03:58

QUOTE (Shalori @ Jun 7 2009, 02:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (kaisede @ Jun 6 2009, 06:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Shalori @ Jun 6 2009, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Andy.

Nice review and great pictures. You really managed to capture the stripes.

I understand what you are saying about the perfect black pen (and also your perfect white, the Shaman). I have a slightly different twist, my perfect black is my 007 James Bond - Gun Metal. I had that and my Shaman re-ground to cursive italics so I have my perfect Black and perfect White that should cover any occasion.

Thanks for the review.

Neil


Thanks Neil I will be looking forward for you review. A while ago I posted a topic called "perfect white pen" and you are right it is the Shaman. The Bond Gun metal is really nice and SUPER under-rated.

Andy



Andy.

I just did a search and found your post on the perfect black and white pen. As was mentioned before, the Shaman simply does not photograph well. It is almost impossible to capture that pearlescent effect. That worked in my favor, however, since I got mine at significantly below retail.

Thanks again for the review

Neil


Same here, I got mine significantly below retail. This is differently an advantage for those who like Dupont pens.
I will try tomorrow to see if I can capture the pearlescent effect on my Shaman. Maybe with nature sun light there might be a chance. If I do capture it I will post the picture.

Andy


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Posted 07 June 2009 - 07:04

QUOTE (kaisede @ Jun 7 2009, 05:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Review for Dupont 007 Casino Royale

I got this pen two years ago at a pen show. This pen caught my eyes because at the time I was looking for a perfect black pen that I can use at work but not too plain, which does not show any kind of characteristic. The black lacquered barrel with a touch of vertical lined guilloche transposed on the palladium edging is just what I am looking for on a black pen that isn’t too boring. Month before I purchase my Shaman so I am familiar with the smoothness of a Dupont nib. The presentation box is pretty impressive; it is made from heavy (properly weights around 2 lbs) duty plastic that looks exactly like its outer box. I have many LE pen made by different companies I would rank this presentation box one of the best because the design of the box matches the pen.







The nib is 18k gold medium size with “007” engraving on it. It is butter smooth and glides across paper without much feedback. I think there are two reasons that turn off some collectors about Dupont pen first being a C/C fill and second being a heavy pen. Personally I prefer a piston fill pen because I write a lot in one sitting and it is more classic compare to C/C fill. Few weeks ago I was studying my accounting final and about 5 hours into it my pen ran out ink. I am not sure how many pages I wrote before it ran out of ink but this never had happen to me when I use my 149 or 146 especially when I fill the ink up to the top. However, this does not deter me to recommend people to take a look at the Dupont pen because the smoothness of the nib and the design makes up the lack of ink capacity.




Size comparison with MB 146.



Second reason is the weight. It is a heavy pen for some people. My hand gets tried time to time when I write too long with my Dupont pen. However, if you post the cap and let your wrist do the writing the pen doesn’t feel as heavy.

Last thought, overall I would rank this pen “to get” or at least “to try” when you get a chance. The shape and the detail of design differently distinguish the pen from many other pen brands. A classic black pen with a twist in coloring made me call this pen a perfect black pen.

The above review for the nib, weight and design for this pen is true for all Olympio lacquered pen since the 007 is a black lacquered Olympio pen with a twist.

Andy


Are any DuPonts piston fillers?


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Posted 07 June 2009 - 14:49

Not that I am aware of.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 16:44

Thanks for the review! This pen is near the top of my wish list, but the prices I've seen it go for are prohibitive. Oh well. Again, thanks, and awesome photos of an awesome pen.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 16:59

QUOTE (Easily Amused @ Jun 7 2009, 05:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the review! This pen is near the top of my wish list, but the prices I've seen it go for are prohibitive. Oh well. Again, thanks, and awesome photos of an awesome pen.


For the Casino Royale few people offers discount as this is one of the more popular edition. I think it also has to do with not being too extravagant pen. It is definitely on the safe side of the Dupont design. I paid near retail for this pen.

Andy




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Posted 07 June 2009 - 17:06

QUOTE (kaisede @ Jun 7 2009, 11:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Easily Amused @ Jun 7 2009, 05:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the review! This pen is near the top of my wish list, but the prices I've seen it go for are prohibitive. Oh well. Again, thanks, and awesome photos of an awesome pen.


For the Casino Royale few people offers discount as this is one of the more popular edition. I think it also has to do with not being too extravagant pen. It is definitely on the safe side of the Dupont design. I paid near retail for this pen.

Andy


Very well done pen. I think Dupont's safer designs are their best.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 17:23

I agree Punch, but the Pharaoh pen that Neil has is on top of my wish list. Only money grown on trees and I have one of those tree.






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