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#1 richardandtracy

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 13:22

What Chinese pens are you using today?

There have been a number of threads about other pens, but I'm surprised how many are in use. What are yours & how do you rate them?

In the last couple of months I have found that I'm always carrying a Chinese pen along with my more normal Parkers, and today both are Chinese:
Kaigelu 316 Amber/grey.
Kaigelu 319 Lapis cap.

Both are excellent - writing at least as well as a Duofold & Sonnet respectively.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 13:36

Today, I am using a Baoer 79 (black squared). Incredibly smooth!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 13:57

I wrote a postcard with my Hero 329 filled with Platinum carbon ink :cloud9:

A very nice panda-card :cloud9: :cloud9:

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:41

Road-testing a Baoer 519 today, actually!
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:48

Inked my lightly-used Hero 329 with Diamine Monaco Red a few days ago. I find it remarkably sturdy and smooth for such an inexpensive pen. Also I find the wet fine line just right for a rich red ink for highlighting, mark-up etc.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 15:20

and most 329 can write upside down, for a very fine writing :cloud9:

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 15:37

?!?! Isn't a 329 fine enough the right way up?

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 15:50

Hero 329...dark green with the goldtone cap. Looks great and writes impressively well. I alternate the 329 with either a Kageilu 316 or Haolilai 601F.

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PS: I find the Hero 329 writes fine right side up. What's nice about it is that it is cheap enough to not worry when carrying it in my pants pocket.

Edited by cuza, 26 January 2012 - 16:14.


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 16:29

black HERO 616

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 16:35

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I am using a Jinhao 888 Dragon Decent in copper because it is the start of the Dragon Lunar Year and my Duke 209 Frosted Black (Matt Black) Gold Trim.

I feel that the Jinhao 888 needs some tweaking as it a hard start and often skips (Maybe a more complete flush is needed)

But the Duke 209 is a dream to use.
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 16:52

3 Hero 616 Jumbos loaded with Diamine Registrar's Ink, Rohrer und Klingner Salix and Scabiosa.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 16:57

What Chinese pens are you using today?

There have been a number of threads about other pens, but I'm surprised how many are in use. What are yours & how do you rate them?

In the last couple of months I have found that I'm always carrying a Chinese pen along with my more normal Parkers, and today both are Chinese:
Kaigelu 316 Amber/grey.
Kaigelu 319 Lapis cap.

Both are excellent - writing at least as well as a Duofold & Sonnet respectively.

Regards,

Richard.



Today? As always, a Hero 616 (two, actually, different colors, dif inks), a green Hero 329 ( my Noodler's BGG pen), and a Hero 86 (the fude). I'm still looking for the perfect ink for that one.


Just for this week I'm test-driving a Duke someone here kindly traded me.

Can't get the model number now, but it's red and silver and heavy. Loaded with JH Rouge Caroubier, kind of matching the barrel.

I have two or three other assorted Chinese pens on a porcelain tray waiting for loading. Will report back.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 17:10

Got a jinhao x750 couple day ago but it skip and dry out often. I like the size and weight of the pen and it's quite nice in flat black.

Tried combination of removing breather tube, removing spring, moving the feed, deep cleaning of everything and it still skip and dry out. At least now it's more juicy than it was.

The nib is scratchy (left or right not down or up) too.

The worst part of these pen is the stupidly small converter in a quite large size pen but it seems to be common practice of many manufacturer not just chinese.

I have another x750 coming from xfountainpen with a set of nibs, will try to build one good x750 out of two.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 17:17

?!?! Isn't a 329 fine enough the right way up?


ah! this is interesting, are all 329 the same? one size fits...all?

anyway, when I turn my hero upsidedown, it will write soo thin, like a hair, and it will be perfect even on the most
difficult paper, I have other pens who also can write this way but the hero seems to write the thinnest line... :cloud9:

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 17:18

My Jinghao X450, which has become a near-daily writer. Robust, cheap, and wet… just how I like my coffee.
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 17:47

Funny thing yesterday at night I tried removing the tube and the spring and moving the feed closer to the tip of nib and today my x750 works nicely so far. I also change ink from noodler's to quink.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 17:53

Does a made in china sheaffer count? haven't bought one from a chinese brand yet tho, i already have 4 FP (2 safaris, 1 preppy that i got with noodlers ink and the prelude) and i don't write much (if at all) in the day so more pens would be crazy, but that kaigelu 316 white veined is soo nice :puddle:

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 18:47

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I am once again meddling in forces I don't understand, this time with the aid of a black Hero 616 Jumbo.





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Posted 26 January 2012 - 19:09

Got a jinhao x750 couple day ago but it skip and dry out often. I like the size and weight of the pen and it's quite nice in flat black.

Tried combination of removing breather tube, removing spring, moving the feed, deep cleaning of everything and it still skip and dry out. At least now it's more juicy than it was.

The nib is scratchy (left or right not down or up) too.

The worst part of these pen is the stupidly small converter in a quite large size pen but it seems to be common practice of many manufacturer not just chinese.

I have another x750 coming from xfountainpen with a set of nibs, will try to build one good x750 out of two.

This particular pen is very easy to turn into a very nice writer. Usually all that is required is to carefully flush it to remove any residue of manufacture followed by a little very simple nib work. The principle cause of scratchiness side to side is misalignment of the tines. Take a 30X magnifying glass and look at the end of the tines and make sure they align properly. Bend the lower one up carefully till they align. The next step is to floss and shim the nib. Use a thin sheet of brass foil for this purpose, not a hard razor knife, because they can scratch the plating off. Spread the tines by flossing with the brass shim. As you floss push the shim into the ink channel in the feed and carefully draw it in and out. Then put the shim between the nib and the feed and make sure the nib is evenly spaced above the feed. After doing this smooth the nib gently by drawing figure 8 half a dozen or so times on 5.0 micron abrasive film. Press down and roll the nib from side to side as you draw. Then repeat on 0.5 micron film. Do not over do it. If you cannot get the film, use a brown paper bag, but you will have to do repetitions. You should end up with a very smooth juicy pen.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 22:29

A Baoer 8 Horses loaded with BSB. Love it!




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