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Alfred Dunhill AD2000

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#1 theshainun



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Posted 03 January 2006 - 14:14

The Dunhill AD2000

The AD2000 is a big pen. It is cigar shaped, and the design echoes the Cross ATX (I think they had the same designers) although it is wider and longer. The pen also shares some characteristics with the Namiki Bamboo.

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The pen

Length: 15cm (6 in)
Length Posted: 15.7 cm (6 ¼ in)
Width (at widest): 1.3 cm (approx 1/2 in)

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It is fairy heavy, but it does not tire you, in fact the weight of the pen compliments it, it is forward heavy making it easier to write with. However, for that 50:50 weight balance, you need to post the cap, which I often do.

It comes in a relatively small box for a £220 pen, but it isn’t the box which counts.

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The Box

The pen is made of resin and has a very solid feel to it. The resin or celluloid, I'm not too sure, has speckels on it, but you can't see them that well on the photos. The ring separating the cap from the barrel has Alfred Dunhill written on it. The clip is a retractable one, a twist to the right opens it up, and a twist to the left closes it again. The accents on the pen, on the cap, are all silver, and require polishing other wise they will tarnish. The AD2000 has a twist cap, and once open, you can see the large, probably oversized nib. The nib measures in at 2.1 cm, or 7/8 in. It is a very nice pen to write with, and the 18k rhodium plated gold nib ensures this. It is not a dry writer by any standards, but it is not overtly wet either.

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The Nib

It does however; empty the converter rather quickly, as I feel that the converter could be much bigger taking into account the size of the pen. I often have to carry a bottle of ink around school or a spare cartridge, which is why I don’t use at school anymore.

The connection with Namiki/Pilot is seen again when one opens the rear section of the pen. The converter is shaped like a Namiki one, and it takes Namiki cartridges too. I am not a fan of the converter, it is a push and push one, and it often leaks, or does not get a full tank. Filling by syringe is easier and cleaner.

I didn’t actually buy the pen, it was a gift from my brother, and he bought it when it was mis-priced at £80, the retail value being closer to £220!

Pros: Nib, Quality of the pen, the weight

Cons: Small ink tank, price

Hope this provide some info on the AD2000, I think it is a really good pen!


Edited by MYU, 15 October 2009 - 15:06.


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#2 emrecan


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Posted 03 January 2006 - 17:19

Hi Shaun,
Thanks for the review and great pics!!!

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 22:49

Hi Shaun,

Thank you for sharing a great review and great pics. Lovely pen indeed. I'll have to start taking closer looks next time I visit the store :D.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 23:18

Nice review and wonderful pics too! Indeed, Dunhill AD2000 shares the same nib and converter type as the Namiki Bamboo.
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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:03

Great review - very nicely done. What a deal - very nice of your brother! Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 04 January 2006 - 03:16

I thought they started out with cigarettes and lighters :lol:

kurt h

Edited by Tytyvyllus, 04 January 2006 - 13:22.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 12:34

Thanks for the comments! They still make pens-the Dunhill Sidecar.

I thought they started out with cigarettes and lighters 

kurt h

I think they did too!


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Posted 09 January 2006 - 21:04

ah, youth!

Alfred Dunhill received his first patent for a tobacco pipe in November, 1904. In 1907 he opened his first shop in Duke Street, London. Initially selling pipes made elsewhere, in 1910 the first Dunhill workshops were opened, producing branded pipes at twice the price of other makers (a practice that continues to this day :) ) The White Spot was added a few years later.
In 1924, due to tobacco licensing restrictions on their new store in Paris, men's and women's accessories were added, including writing instruments. This practice is now followed in all the Dunhill stores, including the one in New York.

Edited by Psyktek, 09 January 2006 - 21:07.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 04:09

hey...i just purchased a ad2000 silver version and was wondering how happy people are with their pens!

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 07:34

That is one great pen I am looking for one as well.
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Posted 09 March 2007 - 18:51

Thank you for your detailed review. Always looking forward to your pen photographs (they're amazing drool.gif ).

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 00:54

The nib looks very long and delicate near the tipping end. Is there flex? If so, it's really a pen to consider.

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 15:03

£220 for the plastic, how much is the all metal one ?

Edited by bilbok, 27 July 2008 - 15:03.

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