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#1 chuancao

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 18:04

This is really a review done on behalf of the wife because I know she will not do it. smile.gif

Ever since my wife saw a picture of the Daddy-O in one of the pen catalogues she has been constantly expressing her desire for such a pen. She even went so far as to tell me that if I bought this pen for her, she would stop thinking about the Visconti Honey Almond. So naturally, when I saw this pen on special at the local store, I immediately ran over and bought it for her.

First Impression: Very ugly box, and very mediocre presentation, in my opnion. It's a purple box with a small card personally signed by the president of Krone.

The color of the pen reminds me of a beautiful jade artifect (perhaps one of those seals) from the Chinese Han Dynasty. It looks quite elegant and the duotone nib adds a nice touch to the overall presentation. However, one thing that puzzles me is that the nib does not have a breather hole (if you know why do post a reply and explain). I went back to different magazines and noticed that this model is the only one that has no breather hole. The other Daddy-O's all seem to have breather holes. For that reason, it seems as if it's a bit more difficult to clean the pen.

The nib is 18K medium and writes more like a very wet broad. There was occassional skipping and upon closer inspection, I noticed that the tines were slightly misaligned. I decided to offer a helping hand and was able to successfully align the nib myself. It's been writing smoothly ever since and lays down a beautiful wet line. Please see pictures below including a writing sample. It makes the Diamine Royal Blue (which I hated with a passion due to its sky blue bright tone) look quite saturated with gorgeous shading. And now this is the ink that my wife uses with the pen.

This is a piston fill pen but I have a feeling it's more like a built-in-converter. I can see through the barrel that the piston mechanism is actually developed by Marlen. Even though it feels like a mere converter pen, it does seem to hold more ink than other converter pens.

The cap also looks quite slick and surprisingly has sterling silver trims!

Anyway, pictures, and a lot of them, are below. Please enjoy!




















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#2 Doug C

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 18:21

I have one in one of the other colors (caramel with a little green?), and I love it, as I do all my Krones and Marlens. Mine is an extrafine, and it is probably the smoothest nib I have that is that small. It has never failed to write the second I touch it to paper. This is one of those pens that has grown on my over time. I love the look and feel of it.

Funny, but mine came in the same box that all of my other Krones did. A very large leather like box that probably measure 10 by 10 or almost a foot square.

Doesnt really matter though, you bought it for the pen. Enjoy it-you won't see one of these every day.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 18:33


I don't care what the anti-Kroners say, Krone makes some WONDERFUL pens! There are at least three models in current production that I really, really want. And my Architectus writes so well! It's really beyond belief given that I bought it on super-clearance and the primary motive was visual attraction! I think that what makes the Krones look so special, is the detailed sterling trim. They do a very good job with it and it truly sets of the other aspects of the pen. I also like whatever material it is that many of them are made of: that really thick tap-tap-tappable semi-translucent resin -- oh, it's just great, especially with the silver. And this Daddy-o that your wife has is really the best of the three colours they come in, design-wise. The delicate seafoam-green and the etched sterling trim are just an amazing combination. I hope your wife enjoys it, I get happy just looking at this pen!


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Posted 12 May 2008 - 18:41

QUOTE(QM2 @ May 12 2008, 02:33 PM) View Post
I don't care what the anti-Kroners say, Krone makes some WONDERFUL pens! There are at least three models in current production that I really, really want. And my Architectus writes so well! It's really beyond belief given that I bought it on super-clearance and the primary motive was visual attraction! I think that what makes the Krones look so special, is the detailed sterling trim. They do a very good job with it and it truly sets of the other aspects of the pen. I also like whatever material it is that many of them are made of: that really thick tap-tap-tappable semi-translucent resin -- oh, it's just great, especially with the silver. And this Daddy-o that your wife has is really the best of the three colours they come in, design-wise. The delicate seafoam-green and the etched sterling trim are just an amazing combination. I hope your wife enjoys it, I get happy just looking at this pen!


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Thanks. Honestly from a guy's perspective, I would not have chosen this color. tongue.gif Maybe you like the pen due to my great photo skills? smile.gif
PS: Do you know why there is no breather hole? Seems almost like an error to me!

But it does write so smoothly and wet. I mean unbelievably wet. But this sure makes the Diamine Royal Blue look gorgeous with excellent shading!



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Posted 12 May 2008 - 18:52

QUOTE(chuancao @ May 12 2008, 06:41 PM) View Post
Thanks. Honestly from a guy's perspective, I would not have chosen this color. Maybe you like the pen due to my great photo skills?


Haha, yes your photography skills are undisputably great! And I like the placement of the pen on that lovely bedspread. Not only do they play off each other nicely, but there is an element of danger there appealing to one's wild side: You can see the ink on the nib, and the bedspread is soo pristine, so expensive looking, as the pen balances upon a blanket-fold precariously!... Who was your set designer?

But I can see how the colour would probably not be a man's first choice. My husband refers to it (with distaste) as "salad green".

QUOTE(chuancao @ May 12 2008, 06:41 PM) View Post
PS: Do you know why there is no breather hole? Seems almost like an error to me!


Sorry, no idea! Why don't you research it and contact Krone? Maybe you have some sort of a weird prototype!


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Posted 12 May 2008 - 19:11

Thanks for a good review.

I also like the antique look of this jade colored pen. It reminds me that I do not yet have a pen of this color and I would like one.

I also think Krone (Marlen) pens are very good quality. I have five pens by Marlen, three of them are Krone models. They have all been consistent and reliable. They are all fairly small, and some of the few pens I post, yet posted they are a good useable length.

Of my five pens, two have breather holes in the nib, three do not. I had thought the lack of a breather hole was a sign that a nib was rigid and durable. (Part of the reason for breather holes is supposed to be to take stress off the tines under pressure to keep them from snapping off.) Whatever the reason for the absence of the breather hole, the pens work just fine and I am happily using mine. For more info on the nibs holes, I would check out Richard Binder's glossary.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 19:22

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And I like the placement of the pen on that lovely bedspread. [/quote]

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You can see the ink on the nib, and the bedspread is soo pristine, so expensive looking, as the pen balances upon a blanket-fold precariously!... Who was your set designer?[/quote]


HAHAHA. It's my wife's scarf! Uh oh, you're in trouble! smile.gif

And no, believe it or not, there is no ink on the nib. It's the light playing games with our eyes. I also thought it was an ink leak and immediately checked to make sure the silk scarf did not stain.

I was the set designer for most of the setup but my wife brought out all her silk scarves and allowed me to play with them for the photo shoot.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 19:23

I have a Krone myself (A Red Marble Moderne). I love the color and the style and how it writes. However, I've found that the body where you hold the pen is rather wide and not that comfortable. It looks like the Daddy-O has a tapered end that is more ergonomic. Do you find that the grip is comfortable?

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 19:35

QUOTE(langere @ May 12 2008, 03:23 PM) View Post
I have a Krone myself (A Red Marble Moderne). I love the color and the style and how it writes. However, I've found that the body where you hold the pen is rather wide and not that comfortable. It looks like the Daddy-O has a tapered end that is more ergonomic. Do you find that the grip is comfortable?

Erick


Yes, it's quite comfortable. But not the MOST comfortable of all the pens cuz when I write with it my middle finger feels the threaded barrel. But if you dont hold the pen like I do, it's prob an non-issue.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 20:44

Look at this link from my watch and pen photos. The 4th picture down shows my Daddy-O


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Posted 12 May 2008 - 21:40

Thanks for the review. I recently got a Marlen - truly a smooth, wet medium. As a mater of fact, I sought out a drier ink (Pelikan Brilliant brown did the trrick).

Congrats.

Great photos too.

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 00:31

QUOTE(Opus104 @ May 12 2008, 05:40 PM) View Post
Thanks for the review. I recently got a Marlen - truly a smooth, wet medium. As a mater of fact, I sought out a drier ink (Pelikan Brilliant brown did the trrick).

Congrats.

Great photos too.


Opus - thanks a lot. I still remember PMing you about Visconti pens. Hope all's well!

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 20:17

I adore Krones and Marlens. But I won't be getting these beauties because the swell in the body comes right where I normally hold a pen. Sob!

Love those wet nibs. All mine have breather holes. I prefer the fat barrels. So much more comfortable to hold.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:13

Nice review :thumbup: , I missed the exact same pen not so long ago from terri morris. Next time I see it again, I will buy it


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