This is a pen I bought on a whim, I had read generally positive reviews on the different Duke models and there was a good looking pen on ebay so my itchy mouse finger hit the button. This is my first review, I own five pens in total and have not tried many more – this should put my review into perspective for the seasoned veterans amongst the FPN.
The simple padded envelope arrived in the mail, all the way from Hong Kong in less than one week (lovely bird stamps on the envelope!). Inside is a very smart box inside a cardboard sleeve. I was immediately impressed by the presentation, not that it matters much as the box is going to the back of a cupboard. The box contains the pen and also a small brochure describing a little of the history of Duke and instructions on pen operation and maintenance.
Appearance and Finish:
The D2 is a lustrous black plastic/resin (don’t know the difference, sorry) and feels nice to the touch. The clip, rings and cap are accented with chrome. The pen is very nicely designed and the cap ring chrome pattern is a really nice touch. To the untrained eye you might think this a far more expensive pen. The clip is quite tight but functional and it has the company logo (crown) at the top. The cap is a little different, when you push the cap on initially you have the horrible feeling that you are jamming the nib into something. Fear not, the cap is snug and clips smartly into place with a magnet, no nibs were harmed in researching this review. It also posts quite securely. All the pen fittings are very clean, no obvious flaws or sloppiness in the manufacturing. I would describe the pen as elegant but not over the top.
Design, Size, Weight:
The pen is very similar to the Sailor 1911 in size. It is a little over 5.5” long when capped, 6.25” when posted and a little over 0.5” diameter. The length is just right for me and it feels very comfortable posted. The D2 is one of the heavier pens I own, a little heavier than my Lamy Studio and significantly heavier than my 1911. I like the solid feel to the D2.
Nib design and performance:
The D2 has a medium "gold iridium" nib (not entirely sure what is meant by this) and is engraved with the crown logo above “Duke” and “Germany”. I flushed the pen with water on receipt and then filled with Private Reserve Sherwood Green. The pen immediately worked on contact with paper and is smooth. It is not quite as smooth as my Sailor 1911, you do feel the paper but it is by no means scratchy. It starts up immediately when left for a few minutes through the course of a day. The nib lays a consistent line and does not skip when I take scrawled notes at speed. The line thickness is similar to my Sailor medium. I am very impressed by the D2 and it will definitely be a daily user.
The D2 comes with a standard converter, nothing special but it works well and it has a decent capacity. The pen will also take international cartridges.
This is where the Duke D2 shines. I paid $6.99 for the pen. Add in $13.00 shipping and I have a wonderful performer for $19.99. Who said there are no bargains anymore?
The Duke D2 is a gem, it has looks and it performs wonderfully. Everybody should own one!
* The photos used are taken from the vendor “topsellshop”. I have no affiliation, just a very satisfied customer.
Edited by UncleNick, 21 July 2007 - 02:43.