Uranus/DUKE Unfall Old Man
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"Norman; Just a quick note to let you know that my
Unfall Old Man arrived yesterday in pristine condition. Writes beautifully,
looks great, and the presentation box is gorgeous (it's a box that says "Here is
a cool pen!"). Another satisfied customer!" T.H., Centreville VA
Uranus/Duke Unfall Old Man FP
What comes in a DUKE pen box, has a clip and body emblazoned with 'Uranus' and sports a DUKE nib and piston converter? What combines a super-smooth, matte palladium-plated finish, interspersed with sections of a rubberized material that evokes a pebble garden? What's named after a rounded Chinese toy (called the Daruma in Japanese), decades before the 'Weeble' wobbled, which bears absolutely no resemblance to its namesake? Why, it could only be a pen with a name as confused as it is -- the Unfall Old Man .
Why DUKE chose this name for the pen, neither I nor my wife -- who is from Hong Kong -- can fathom. Unless the Chinese characters, which translate into English as 'Unfall Old Man' were meant to imbue the pen and its user with the good fortune and moral character outlined here. It's a name that's just too good to change!
The pen itself measures 5-1/4" capped and 6" posted, and is actually quite a handsome creation when its disparate textures are brought together. The spring clip is engraved with 'Uranus', which is likewise imprinted in italic script upon one of the palladium panels on the barrel.
Removing the slip cap, which re-seats with a secure 'snap', reveals a section with incised grooves which become larger as one moves away from the nib. These provide a firm grip while writing, as well as adding an arresting visual statement. The nib, as mentioned before, is engraved with 'DUKE' (lest you really think this is a Uranus model ), '22KGP' (for 22K gold-plate), the DUKE 'crown' logo, and to add to the confusion -- two rearing horses! I'd rate the point as a light-medium.
Unscrewing the all-metal fittings between the section and barrel displays the DUKE piston converter, for bottled ink. The pen comes in a DUKE gift box, which reprises the black pebbled motif of the pen itself.
All-in-all, an amalgam deserving of its name...I think!
As with all new pens, I recommend to run a dilute solution of dishwashing soap (two or three drops to a small bowl of water) through a new pen a few times, followed by water only. Step one is effective at removing manufacturing oils that can tend to make the ink less than enthusiastic in heading from the converter/filler to the nib, and step two removes the traces of the detergent you've used...which tends to have the opposite, diuretic effect.
"The "Daruma" is a symbol of resilience in the face of difficulty. It is a small round head and face, that when knocked over, bounces back to an upright position. An American equivalent is a "Weeble," a toy that American children are familiar with. It is a small character that you can knock over, but it always rebounds and stands upright again. Children like to chant "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down" when they push this little toy over. The Japanese tradition is to paint one of the two eyes with a wish, and when the wish is attained, to paint the other eye showing that the wish has come true." Quoted from 'Goshengolly' here.
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Revised: August 11th, 2017