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#2101 figment7

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 04:51

I used my Jinhao 699 (gold) with Diamine Ancient Copper at work today. I love the combination and I love the pen. 

 

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I alos love these Safari want a be's by Jinhao. I have a blue and a gray  transpaent 599 and use them more than a pelican 140 I have. These jinhao 599s are a real bagain and a good writer.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 04:54

Wonder if the 599 takes Lamy carts? So far, I just used the converter.

Today I will be using that Hero 616 I turned into a fude.

Sorry, not familiar with the term "FUDE", would someone bring me up to speed on what FUDE means. Please.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 05:00

Im using the Jinhao Century Blue Marble Celluloid

 

I know it looks purple but that's just my cam phone. It really is blue

 

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looks like a great pen. I am a blue pen person and this looks like something I am going to have to find. Thanks for the pic. it makes me want to have it.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:14

Andy, mine's a 699 (thinner than a Lamy, classier, different clip, more of a hooded nib, and a lovely fine nib it is), not a 599, and I have to say I love this pen. I'm tempted to buy a 5 pack of them in multiple colours. I can get a 5 pack on Amazon for $32... not a bad deal for what I've discovered is a good looking, comfortable pen and a great writer. Plus, I like the colours....although, I might have to consider buying more inks if I buy more pens.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:07

Sorry, not familiar with the term "FUDE", would someone bring me up to speed on what FUDE means. Please.
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I think the word itself means 'brush.' These pens have a turned-up nib and are supposed to be good for writing Japanese and Chinese characters, or for sketching. I have a little collection of them and some make great everyday writers....others are too much like a quadruple-B nib.

I think Youtube has a few demonstration videos.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 13:30

looks like a great pen. I am a blue pen person and this looks like something I am going to have to find. Thanks for the pic. it makes me want to have it.

Andy

You're right. It's a beautiful pen. I'm not sure why that pic turned out purple but this is abetter representation of the colour....

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 15:12

Sorry, not familiar with the term "FUDE", would someone bring me up to speed on what FUDE means. Please.

Andy

 

 

I think the word itself means 'brush.' These pens have a turned-up nib and are supposed to be good for writing Japanese and Chinese characters, or for sketching. I have a little collection of them and some make great everyday writers....others are too much like a quadruple-B nib.

I think Youtube has a few demonstration videos.

Pronounced "foo-deh."  It's the Japanese word for "writing brush," held vertically to do ideographic calligraphy.  Here is a demonstration:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=6HqgUsEWlVc

 

I took four semesters of Japanese when we were living in Japan in the '70s, but I never even tried calligraphy, because I totally suck at anything resembling art.  While we were there, they did come out with a disposable fude-pen (with a flexible brush-like point); I bought one, but I never did anything with it.


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My arsenal, in order of acquisition: Sailor 21 Pocket Pen M, Cross ?Townsend? M, Online Calligraphy, Monteverde Invincia F, Hero 359 M, Jinhao X450 M, Levenger True Writer M, Jinhao 159 , Platinum Balance F, TWSBI Classic 1.1 stub, Platinum Preppy 0.3 F, 7 Pilot Varsity M disposables

 

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 15:18

Dave to the rescue!

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 15:23

Dave to the rescue!

I don't know much, but I will share what I do know at the drop of a hat, and often I will also provide the hat :-P


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My arsenal, in order of acquisition: Sailor 21 Pocket Pen M, Cross ?Townsend? M, Online Calligraphy, Monteverde Invincia F, Hero 359 M, Jinhao X450 M, Levenger True Writer M, Jinhao 159 , Platinum Balance F, TWSBI Classic 1.1 stub, Platinum Preppy 0.3 F, 7 Pilot Varsity M disposables

 

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 03:18

You're right. It's a beautiful pen. I'm not sure why that pic turned out purple but this is abetter representation of the colour....

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This is the pen I refer to as the 'Jinhao Century Mk 1'.

Good pen, & I love the colour. It's just not quite as nice as the Mk2, even though the MK2 blue version colour is more washed out. As far as I can see, both are discontinued & all that remains is recent NOS.

 

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:49

This is the pen I refer to as the 'Jinhao Century Mk 1'.

Good pen, & I love the colour. It's just not quite as nice as the Mk2, even though the MK2 blue version colour is more washed out. As far as I can see, both are discontinued & all that remains is recent NOS.

 

Regards,

 

Richard.

Cheers for that Richard. Yeah I've had a look and can only see a Boaer copy(?). I've always loved the colour (I tried to capture the beauty of  the sheen but I can't do it justice) What's the difference between a MK1 and MK2?


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:28

Hero 449 filled with Blue Black Hero Dux? ink



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 17:02

I'm using a Hero 007 with Hero Blue/Black. It's a nice combination, cheap too :D



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 19:59

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The nib has a decent amount of flex to it, too :)

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 14:11

Hero 449 filled with Blue Black Hero Dux? ink



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 15:25

Cheers for that Richard. Yeah I've had a look and can only see a Boaer copy(?). I've always loved the colour (I tried to capture the beauty of  the sheen but I can't do it justice) What's the difference between a MK1 and MK2?

I'd not seen that Baoer pen before... Looks nice & seems to be the same resin as the Mk1. Gorgeous. Think I'll get one next month.

 

The differences between the Mk1 & 2 are:

  •  Nib size. The Mk1 uses a nib for a 6mm feed, the Mk2 a #5 nib.
  • Cap lip on the Mk1 is painted metal, resin on the Mk2
  • Barrel thread is a metal insert on the Mk1, cut into the barrel resin in the Mk2.
  • Colour. Much richer blue on the Mk1.
  • Gold furniture on the Mk1, chrome on the Mk2.
  • Better balance on the Mk2. Much better quality feel altogether.
  • 1 cap ring on the Mk1, 2 on the Mk 2.
  • Mk1 review here: http://www.fountainp...blue-celluloid/ Mk2 Review here: http://www.fountainp...o-century-mk-2/

Some are still available here: http://www.ebay.co.u...n-/331212270629 , but note the photos of the black one shows Mk1 & Mk2 in different photos.

 

Hope that helps.

 

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 15:43

Just inked a JinHao X450. It's a brown marble design and has a medium nib. Quite a heavy pen with really nice balance. So far I like it a lot. 



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 18:40

I'd not seen that Baoer pen before... Looks nice & seems to be the same resin as the Mk1. Gorgeous. Think I'll get one next month.

 

The differences between the Mk1 & 2 are:

  •  Nib size. The Mk1 uses a nib for a 6mm feed, the Mk2 a #5 nib.
  • Cap lip on the Mk1 is painted metal, resin on the Mk2
  • Barrel thread is a metal insert on the Mk1, cut into the barrel resin in the Mk2.
  • Colour. Much richer blue on the Mk1.
  • Gold furniture on the Mk1, chrome on the Mk2.
  • Better balance on the Mk2. Much better quality feel altogether.
  • 1 cap ring on the Mk1, 2 on the Mk 2.
  • Mk1 review here: http://www.fountainp...blue-celluloid/ Mk2 Review here: http://www.fountainp...o-century-mk-2/

Some are still available here: http://www.ebay.co.u...n-/331212270629 , but note the photos of the black one shows Mk1 & Mk2 in different photos.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Richard.

Ok cool! That's much more detail than I was expecting actually. After seeing the mk 2 I'm definitely glad I've got the mk 1 - looks much nicer and more stylish

 

 

Barrel thread is a metal insert on the Mk1, cut into the barrel resin in the Mk2.

 

I woulds guess that makes the mk1 more durable


Edited by WateryFlow, 18 August 2014 - 18:41.


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 08:28

Try suggesting that a metal thread insert in the barrel is more durable to Parker, Conway Stewart and Onoto about their luxury pens. I don't think they'll entirely believe you (they may in their heart of hearts, but won't admit it).

 

There are pens from the 1920's with thread cut screw caps that are perfectly usable today. OK, there are millions of others that have worn out in the intervening years, but how long do you expect the Jinhao to last? I think a reasonable life is 25 years - the plating certainly won't last that long, but the rest of the pen should - and in that time I seriously doubt if the resin threads will wear too much unless you live in a seriously dusty environment and allow the threads to get dirty & thereby very worn.

 

From a manufacturing point of view using a craft type process, it's more efficient to cut the threads directly onto the barrel, but in a manufacturing region where metalwork can be subcontracted out, it's more efficient to make the barrel with a glue-in insert. So, swings & roundabouts. I prefer the threads cut into the barrel, but it is a personal thing.

 

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 22:54

I liked my Kaigelu 356 enough that I decided to give another Chinese fountain pen a try. I went for a metal Jinhao 599 and it arrived earlier today.

 

The nib is very nice. It's wetter and smoother than the one on my Kaigelu, but the line width appears to be the same, even on cheap paper.

 

The overall construction seems nice and robust, though I don't care for the triangular section. It's not bad, but so far I definitely prefer a round section.

 

I like the Jinhao converter more than the Kaigelu one. It seems more solid and looks like it might hold more ink.

 

I'm very happy with it, especially for the price, so I'll probably order an X-750 in the future.


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 02:28

TWSBI 580AL

 

My second day with my first FP and enjoying my time with it immensely.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:56

So far today.

  • Jinhao 159
  • Jinhao 599
  • Jinhao X450

Golly I guess I like Jinhao pens.  :)



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 15:27

Golly I guess I like Jinhao pens.  :)

Me too. I only have 8 of them... so far. I've been using my Jinhao 5000 with Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses (the original version) for the last couple of days.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:04

That J5000 is a lovely pen. I want to get another so I have a nice one and a 'user'. Even though it's heavy, the balance is perfect.

 

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:56

That J5000 is a lovely pen. I want to get another so I have a nice one and a 'user'. Even though it's heavy, the balance is perfect.

 

Richard

I'm considering either that or the J3000 but I'm stuck in indecision mode. I don't have a preference for broad or medium in this case nor for the difference in weight, so they're much of a muchness. But both wonderful

 

Then I've got to decide on the colour. Sigh....


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 13:32

I have the J5000 in cream and gold and I love it. As Richard said, it's a heavier pen (which I don't mind at all... I like a bit of heft) but it's very well balanced. I love it.


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