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What a Beautiful looking pen! The main aesthetic feature of this pen is the elegant cloisonné oriental Crane design on the cap. The whole pen is laquer on black metal. It really looks better in real than it does in the pictures. Considering I only paid $16.99 for mine on isellpens.com I was thoroughly impressed at the amount of pen I got for it It measures 5-1/8" capped and 6 1/8" posted (which is good length - half a centimetre shorter than regular Sonnet size). I noticed that the cap is quite heavy, and is wider than the rest of the barrel. It's quite heavy to write with it posted, but is of Medium weight unposted. For comparison, it's only a fraction heavier than a Pilot Knight. Not for someone who loves light pens, as it has a bit of heft
Straight to the point
Ok, so first I was impressed at how it looked, but I was worried about how it would write. This being the first time purchasing a Duke (I also ordered a Duke Filigree Ruby with this), I was worried about how these inexpensive steel-nibbed pens would write. I filled it with some Parker Quink..
I was very impressed that it wrote flawlessly and smoothly. The nib is a polished steel nib stamped with the Duke logo. It isn't the smoothest nib out there (in fact, the Duke Ruby feels a bit smoother than the Crane), but it is good enough to become one of my favourite writers. This pen writes great straight out of the box, and is moderately wet (not very wet, but no dry) and consistent. Like most asian nibs, it writes at a width about the same as a Western Fine. The tipping material has a slight edge to it, giving it a mild stubby feeling - but it definitely isn't a stub. It adds a subtle bit of expressiveness to writing The nib has a bit of feedback, but it's definitely not something one would call "toothy". I'm sure it will become even smoother with use.
Simple Duke converter filler. Mine came with a twist converter included. It's nothing fancy, but I like converter filling pens for their convenience.
Very satisfied with this purchase. At only $16.99 (note: this pen is listed at $85 or above, on some other sites ), this Duke Crane (along with some of the other Dukes) is enough to cause widespread Heresy. One blasphemic thought I couldn't get out of my mind after fiddling with my Duke pens was Why did I bother paying so much for major Western brand pens, when I could have bought several more of these for much less?
I wasn't the only one impressed though - my father, who had tried writing with it, immediately told me to order a few more. It's very rare to see my father fall victim to impulse buying, but it happened Long live inexpensive (but high quality) Chinese pens
Edited by kissing, 07 February 2007 - 04:24.