Dupont is not as popular here as it should be...The Top of The Line Pen.
Could be it is not popular in they have the best counterfeiting. ...and it's a metal pen, so for some that counts against it's popularity. It costs more than other metal pens.
It only took me 5 years to get a real one in a live auction. The first thing and only thing in the pen was not sold with a box was check to see if the underside of the clip was as smooth and polished as the top.
I did not go chasing one in they are nails,,, the best of nails, but nails...and I have five....got to sell a nail now that I've reminded my self; one only need a nail in each width......hummm naw, my broad nail is not worth getting made CI. It's a Lamy.
Some five or so years ago, Jar helped me 'know' what I'd had as a 5% chance of a flea market Dupont buy for €35 was as fake as I'd hoped it wasn't.
Had it a good butter smooth nib it would have been a very nice $50-90 dollar pen. It was a finely made pen. No!!! You do not have to take micro-mesh to a Dupont nib. They are the natural golden Guernsey butter under butter nibs.
It was well done....the underside wasn't polished as good as the top on the underside of the clip as the top. Dupont is perfect...big Period. It is polished perfectly where you seldom look.
The booklet color is slightly different......what wonderful advertisements was in the box....Why would any one keep the advertisements???? Clue number 1.
I can see keeping a warranted card, but not all the BS in the box. Too much I'm real and never ever even been used....someone spent a lot of money to get rid of it cheaply....just for you.
It was a bit late for back then, but nope, Dupont don't make nibs that attract magnets. Always take a small magnet with you to the flea market.
The box color is just the slightest tad off...but only helps if you really know the color. Easy once one is at home and comes to the com...a bit paler. The box printing is of course perfect...it is a Dupont.
So is the booklet....something about orangey looking paper....that wasn't true to the original....probably the right color now. They have had enough time.
The instruction booklet in many languages was also a great fake....do you still have the instruction book of how to put a cartridge into a c/c pen????
There was something about the end of the section, that was not Dupont style. I'm sure they bettered that. Or style for that pen.
Having never seen the the original of that red and black checkered style...couldn't tell it was as sharp and clear as it should have been. Sure looked good to me...sigh; had it a nib, I'd kept it.
You don't get a €28 Dupont in a flea market. You might get a €5-10 one though....so never pay more than $5-15 for a Dupont. Some one might not know what they have at a flea market.
Higher and still 'dirt' cheap, like $35-40.....it's not a replica, it's a counterfeit; with enough papers to prove your mule descents directly from Seabiscuit. (good race between Seabiscuit and Triple Crown winner War Admiral on youtube)
I don't think a reputable nib re-tipper would re-tip a counterfeit's nib, or for only another $80 you could have a smooth as a Dupont counterfeit.