DUKE Mini Torpedo
"Hi Norman, The pens are excellent! I received the
package about a week ago, but actually tried them yesterday. The delivery took
about a week. My kids and I are delighted, the writing is smooth and effortless.
Those Pilot pens are pure pleasure, mini Torpedo is
a blast! Mini torpedo is pleasantly heavy and sits nicely in the hand. Posting
is not a problem at all, I mean, once you know the trick. Many many thanks!"
"Hi! The Mini Torpedo arrived two days ago but have been on a business trip, so I haven't used it until today. It's a very nice pen, I must say. Today shirt pockets are not very deep, so it fits perfectly there! Very nice grip and balance, despite of the fact that it is very small. I'm very satisfied!" M. A., Sweden
"The Mini Torpedo arrived today! It is utterly
gorgeous, just right for my hand! I posted the cap no problem - it's quite a
clever trick indeed. The pen is now filled with beautiful Fiesta Red from
Private Reserve, and the nib writes like a dream - and much finer than I
expected, which is a joy because for me, the finer the better! Upside-down the
nib also writes remarkably well!"
"The Mini Torpedo arrived this morning - it is absolutely gorgeous and I love it to bits. It is so much nicer to feel and write with than even the Conway Stewart Dinky fountain pens." M.E., Croughton, U.K.
"Hi Norman. I just wanted to let you know that the mini-torpedo arrived today. It is LOVELY. I'm in love. And I took it for a test spin and I really like the way it writes. I am totally satisfied and want more Duke (maybe some Uranus, too) pens in my collection, so you will be hearing from me soon. Thanks for the very speedy turn-around on getting it to my sweaty, inky fingers." R.B., Berkley, MI
"Just received the Mini - Torpedo I
ordered. Way Cool! It is even cooler than the pictures show."
"The Duke "Mini Torpedo" pen is a delight to use! This is a small, yet well-balanced pen with a surprisingly smooth nib. The subtle yet bright red sparkles on the barrel and cap are a wonderful accompaniment to the copper furnishings on the clip and section (you don't see copper used very much in pens these days, and that's a shame because it lends a pen a nice warm glow...). I think this pen will be one of my new favourites! (Oh, and I have mastered the posting technique---it's the same way I have to post the celluloid "Doctor's pen" by Hero that I bought from you a year or two ago)....." M.F., British Columbia, CANADA
"Yes, good news from France. A lot
of thanks (my English fails me to express more) for the service and
"Norman, a thousand thanks for the fast service and the wonderful "Mini Torpedo!" It is a delightful pen. I can't seem to let it go, I want to hold it all the time...it has such a fine feel and I love the bit of "heft" to it. The nib just glides over any paper...I am thrilled I ordered it. I am literally finding as many things as possible to write so I can keep using it!" P.T., Hinesburg, VT
"I, also, think the Torpedo is great. I have been collecting small pens for some time -- they're fun, and this one fits right in. The unique posting feature makes it even more interesting. Thanks for providing me with such fine items." Sen. John Stauffer, Lancaster, PA
"Hi Norman - the pen arrived today,
thanks. Very smart-looking pen and excellent value - I love the red
tortoiseshell effect. Good weight in the hand. The box is especially nice: I'm
sure I had a 1940s Sheaffer
DUKE #2007 Mini Torpedo
There seems to have been a real trend in the past year or so among pen collectors for smaller, mini-versions of favorite pens. It's a trend that I haven't been immune to myself, and I have a new favorite in that category, the DUKE Mini Torpedo!
This is a pen that measures a scant 4-5/8" when capped, but posts to a comfortable 5". WARNING: Let me get this out of the way from the beginning. Posting the cap of the Mini Torpedo is not as straightforward as it might seem. The cap has the same peculiarity as the Hero '91' celluloid which I sold for many years. Just pushing the cap onto the back of the barrel won't work. What is requires is a light touch and a simultaneous twist/push motion that once achieved, will post the cap as securely as any other pen (perhaps even a bit more so). It's a very unique design, and can be a little frustrating at first until you get the hang of it , but quickly becomes second nature.
Besides its diminutive size, what captures your attention first about this great little pen is that the metal used throughout isn't steel, silver or gold, but copper! This produces a gorgeous rose-gold color that really makes the pen stand out.
From a distance, this copper color is apparently mated to a black, high-gloss finish on the rest of the pen. I say 'apparently' because closer examination under direct light reveals another surprise with this little dynamo. Embedded within and throughout the black lacquer are tiny little sparkles of red! Trying to capture them for photography was a bit difficult, but you can see some of them -- graphically enhanced a bit -- in the cap shown in the following picture.
As you turn the pen under direct light, these become visible throughout the cap and barrel.
Removing the cap (which securely clicks back into place when replaced), displays the 14K gold-plated scalloped nib, which I would rate as a light-medium in line width. The gold color of the nib contrasts nicely with the copper of the rest of the pen, and the nib is engraved with the DUKE 'crown' logo and scrollwork (both the scalloped nib shape and resin covering are reminiscent of S. T. Dupont pens from France).
Unscrewing the all-copper fittings between the section and barrel reveals the permanently affixed pump-style filler. The partially open sac is surrounded on 2 sides by the metal squeeze bars for filling, but open on the other two sides to allow visual inspection of the ink reserve.
Such a creatively designed and fun little pen wouldn't be complete without a similarly unique little gift box, and this oval one has a black 'pebble' texture to it, with a little hammered-copper DUKE emblem in the front. The Mini Torpedo is a totally charming pen!
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Revised: October 24th, 2014