I decided to do a review on a much underrated pen: The Duke (Chinese made by the Shanghai G. Crown Co. Ltd, registered in Europe as German Duke)
In this case the Dream World FP
Appearance 5/5: The Dream World is a very beautiful pen with a red cloudy cap (too bad in my pictures you can't see the clouds), shiny black body and GP trim. The clip has the name Duke scrolled along with the year it was introduced: 2000. The band reads: Duke Germany GmbH. The construction of the pen is very solid. The cap is a snap cap that has a very nice "snap" but it is easy to take off.
Weight and measurements 3/5: This pen has some heft to it. It is built lacquer over brass cap and barrel. It measures 5 ½" capped and supposedly 6" posted, but this cap does not post at all. Who'd want to post this anyways when it weighs a ton!!! (well maybe a ¼ of a ton) Personally, I don't post my pens that much, unless it's a P"51", but it would be nice to be able to post it just for show, I mean, the cap is beautiful!! So I'll give it 3/5 for that. It does have good balance without the cap posted.
Filling system 3/5: Typical C/C, came with a piston ink converter. I don't expect this pen to have a super filling system but... boring!!
Nib 5/5: The Dream World sports a med GP firm nib that is ssssmooooooth!!! not too wet, it's just right! I could compare it to my P Frontier, which I think is a great writer. I wish I could give you a sample of the writing but my scanner is not working, so you'll have to take my word for it.
The nib is engraved with Duke crown and scroll works; Duke Germany and the year Duke started producing 1889????
Cost 5/5: At $25 USD (shipping included), I think it's darn good! Yes, I know it is made in China (some might have issues with that), but I do recommend this beauty to anyone who wants to have a good looking and fantastic writer for a very affordable price.
Final verdict: 4/5
I own a couple of Dukes. Among them I have the Blue Spider and the Black carbon fiber (?), but the Dream World is my favorite. A couple of years ago I saw it posted at isellpens.com and I don't remember if they had an option with a real gold nib, but that would be something!
Anyways, there it is. Hope you like it and I do apologize for the terrible pictures. If anyone wants to see good shots of the pen visit this site where I bought it (no affiliation): http://www.akideal.c...DreamWorld.html
Edited by lovemy51, 08 May 2008 - 23:10.