Black resin, gold trimming, with an iridium tipped 14K gold nib. The condition is mint. It's very hard to believe it's 58 years old. I was fortunate to purchase it from ebay for £53 from a seller called snav1517 (UK based). I'm not affiliated in anyway, just a very happy customer. He does sell high end used fountain pens, that are serviced, and in unbelievable condition. Considering a new Duofold is £290, I'm very pleased. If you want a vintage pen at a good price I'd have a look at his offerings.
Size: This is the demi model. It is the same width as a full size Duofold, though about 0.5 inches shorter. I'm over 6ft tall, and if the lid is posted it fits fine in my hands, neither too heavy, nor too light, being posted does not affect the balance of the pen, as I've experienced with some pens. If a person were smaller, or perhaps a lady, then it would be just fine unposted. A good all rounder for size, weight and balance.
This might be of special relevance to lefties like me. I've struggled to find a fountain pen nib that is smooth. I think this is because I push the pen across the paper, rather than pull like righty. I've tried Lamy and Pelikan, and while I really wanted to like them, the nibs were too scratchy. Parker claim on their website that their nib is good for left and right handed people, so I gave their cheapish Parker Frontier fountain pen a try, and it was a revelation. This is what made me want to try a Duofold.
The nib, being gold, has just the right amount of flex, certainly more than the Parker steel nibs. It is a very smooth writer (more so than my experience with Pelikan), neither wet nor dry, with just the right amount of feedback (no scratchiness) that allows for good control when forming letters.
It's a medium nib, but lays down a line that is just slightly thicker than a Lamy fine. I'll call it a fine medium. As you can see from the picture (in my opinion) the nib is gorgeous in an understated, classic way.
It's wonderful, wonderful nib.
Filling and Ink:
Again, considering the age, the aeromatic filling mechanism is in as new condition. Four squeezes fill up the large bladder. I've used Parker Quink Black ink (seeing as it's a Parker pen), which I think is a little underrated. I've tried Herbin Pearle Noire, Lamy Black, and Diamine Onyx. The Pearle Noire perhaps looks best dry (for my style of writing), but the Quink drys very very fast, and for a lefty with a hooked writing style I found Quink to be what I need.
For paper I use Pukka Pad Vellum 80g, which is a gorgeous vellum colour, especially useful for dyslexics. Looks timeless and there is no glare. The picture of the vellum is below, but my camera hasn't done justice to the colour. I've tried Clairefontaine (Triomphe) and Rodia, but personally prefer the Pukka Vellum. Regardless of the smoothness of the paper, I'm yet to find a better looking lined A4/legal paper.
I hope you like the review.
Edited by watch_art, 19 March 2011 - 17:03.