The Viceroy series are mid-sized pens, measuring 5-1/4" capped, 6-1/8" posted and 4-1/2" with cap held aside. If you are one who posts the cap while writing, even with the metal interlay the pen is well balanced. The matte-finished capband is engraved with 'DUKE' on the clip side, and on the reverse the model number '216B'. The clip bears the DUKE 'crown' logo.
Viceroy Black and Gold fountain pen $40.00
The new Black and Gold version of this model is the only one currently available to me from China. Hence, I'm going to put its photos directly below this paragraph, rather then redoing the entire page to integrate it. Please read further down the page for more details about this model in general.
Viceroy Golden Rain fountain pen
The Golden Rain pattern bears a striking resemblance to the Golden Waves pattern used by Hero on many of it's models, such as the '900' and '58' series. The DUKE Golden Rain pattern is a bit denser however, and is encased within a resin finish, so that the feel is quite smooth. The cap top, barrel bottom and center ring are all rendered with a matte finish, which provides a lovely visual balance to the rest of the pen...which captures light beautifully.
Viceroy Chrome interlay fountain pen
The Viceroy Chrome extends to both cap and barrel what the Sapphire and Ruby models brought to caps alone. Although it appears to be a conventional overlay at first blush, upon closer examination it's as if the metal design is actually embedded within the black lacquer of the pen and virtually flush with its surface. I'm choosing to call this an interlay instead .
Reminiscent of some Gothic bar tracery I've seen, the most common reaction I've received is that it evokes the electrical discharge branching sometimes seen in major lightning storms, or conversely, snow tracery. Whatever your interpretation, it's a stunning look for a pen.
Both ends of the pen have metal 'jewel' inserts. The cap itself is a slip cap, and closes with a secure snap. Removing the cap displays the steel nib, which like most DUKE nibs I would describe as a light medium (between a typical western fine and medium) in the line of ink laid down. It also provides a slight conundrum as to where to place the pen on the website, as it's engraved with the Uranus name. This is not the first instance where a model bore markings of both DUKE and the allied brand Uranus in one pen. I faced a similar decision with the Unfall Old Man, which bears the Uranus name on its clip and sports a DUKE-marked nib. In each case I decided to let the outside of the pen decide where it wanted to be placed .
Unscrewing the section reveals a large capacity pump-style converter for bottled ink
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Warranties and returns
If an item proves to be defective, in most cases the manufacturer's warranty will apply. However, please email us first so that we can determine the easiest way to resolve the problem to your satisfaction. In the case of fountain pens -- which are a bit more individualistic than other writing instruments -- what may at first appear to be a defect (hard starting or poor flow for example), can in almost all cases be resolved with a few simple 'tweaks' to the nib, which we'll be happy to guide you through or perhaps suggest returning to us for adjustment.
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Revised: March 7th, 2014