This is just a short review.
Yet another cheap Chinese pen bought on the spur of the moment from eBay.
Just what I have grown to expect from Jinhao, a well made heavy pen that is a little on the showy side. It came in a nice little pink cardboard box with a little pink ribbon that my young daughter immediately acquired for her hair clips.
Appearance and Finish
More of a tube than a cigar shape with gloss finish. Most of the barrel has a grey/brown marbled design. The cap is black as is the base of the barrel where the cap is posted. The clip and other fittings are gold coloured.
Many Chinese pens are much too showy for my simple tastes, but this one is just about acceptable, although I have since discovered a simple black and gold 500 which is more to my liking. Jinhao also make a 500 with a black and white checker board design.
The barrel seems to be made of brass making this a heavy pen, heavier than the Jinhao X750 and X450
The cap takes quite a push to click in place and also quite a push to post the cap, but once posted it is very firm.
The 500 is 138mm capped, 13mm in diameter and 163mm posted, which is almost identical to the Book Worm Filigree I recently reviewed. Capped it is also almost exactly the same size as the much lighter (and better) Lamy Al-Star and the Jinhao X750 and X450 pictured below
As with the Book Worm, posted, the balance of the pen is towards the back, pressing in to the hand.
Top to bottom, Jinhao 500, X750, X450
This is the best part of the pen. It has a buttery smooth two tone steel nib, stamped Jinhao. I read a FPN post that said it also writes well upside down, which is true. It is a great nib for the money.
The seller did not mention the size of the nib. It is not wider than a Lamy 2000 EF but wider than a Sailor EF so perhaps a Chinese F.
The nib is stiff but not quite a nail. Ink flow is perfect
The pen is supplied with a cheap converter that looks like it takes about the same amount of ink as a short international cartridge.
It cost $7.50 including postage from China. This is good value for money compared to pens made in any other country but perhaps a more helpful comparison is against other Chinese pens? I have a number of Jinhao pens and they all cost about the same.
The seller labelled it as a “Special Edition” but I assume this does not really add anything to the pen.
It is not a bad pen, worth the money but I would have preferred the simple black design.
The Jinhao X750 is my favourite Chinese pen. The nib on the 500 may be a tad smoother than the X750 but I prefer the balance of the X750. The combination of weight and poor balance means the 500 will be tiring for extended periods of writing. Therefore I personally think the X750 offers better value for money.
Edited by vans4444, 12 February 2010 - 15:47.