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#2311 gweimer1

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 16:56

I'm actually using a Chinese pen today.   Borderline gaudy, I bought myself a Jinhao 9009, and am playing with a sample of P.R. Gray Flannel.



#2312 Ian the Jock

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 13:58

I'm actually using a Chinese pen today.   Borderline gaudy, I bought myself a Jinhao 9009, and am playing with a sample of P.R. Gray Flannel.

 

I got one of these a while back, and I agree, borderline Gaudy, but it writes very well indeed and Is in regular use. I have mine inked with diamine syrah.

A similar looking, but not quite so gaudy pen arrived today, along with a big silver Jinhao 1200 which I've mentioned in another thread.

The not so gaudy pen is a Hua Hong, which I know nothing about, and was purchased on one of those late night "oh, theres a pen for $1 finishing in 5 minutes" sessions, and it turned out be a really nice pen. It took a flush and a bit of flossing to get it going, but it writes very nicely with a fine-ish medium line. I have it inked up with diamine oxblood and I'm really quite impressed.

It's a Hua Hong SS-21, and I paid about £1.50 for it......a veritable bargain.

 

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#2313 k3eax

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 14:20

My pen today, and for the past week or so, is a Hero 91 produced in the '90's. The size and weight is a for me a good fit and it always starts immediately even after period of non-use. At about its cost of $3 USD, I could have purchased some 300 such pens for the price of one Pelikan. Of course doing so would have brought me to the satiation threshold. And, the reality is that the Hero, "panache-less" , is all the pen I need!



#2314 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 14:38

I've got one of the duo-color, transparent-section pastel XF Hero-faris loaded with MB Defoe...is that a dichotomy or what?

The pen writes like a dream, but is more of an F than true XF. Suits me that way, and the transparent section looks cool when you advance the converter.

#2315 k3eax

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 14:50

Okay I give-up!  What's a "Hero-faris???



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Posted 20 March 2015 - 14:57

These...

Though I got mine on fleabay, a gray and a turquoise. Now I kinda wish I'd gotten a yellow, too.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 15:13

Now I see, they're described as "Hero 359A Safari". "Hero-faris" was too far of a stretch for me to make the connection  -- so thanks for the reply.



#2318 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 15:15

Yeah, sorry for the insider hyperbole, lol.

I also just located where I got mine originally: here.

So it looks like I can get my yellow one after all.

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 19:38

Today, I added a Hero 378 to my short list of fountain pens and I must say

I am impressed with the fairly good nib quality, well balanced weight along with the stainless steel grip provided for optimum utilization. Writes smoothly and has kept me up late for today :)



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:23

I am using this small cute pen by Jinhao named JINHAO 886
My review of the same can be found here LINK
 
 
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This looks Nemosine inspired jinhao.
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Posted 22 March 2015 - 11:20

Hero 7022 at the moment.

I just can't put it down - really impressed.

 

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 18:50

Jinhao x450. Love it!



#2323 Ian the Jock

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:28

Occasional use today for the "cartoon" Wing Sung 590, but mostly I've been using this mornings arrival.
The Jinhao 217, and what a pen it is.
Stunning looks and a super smooth writer to boot.
Straight into the "use every day rack" for this guy.
Inked with diamine sapphire blue, it's a lovely combination.

Ian

Edited by Ian the Jock, 24 March 2015 - 01:30.

Scotland has the most beautiful, colourful, picturesque, history laden landscape in the world.....It's such a shame that you can only see it through a rain soaked car window.

 

My top tip :- Don't stand up in a canoe.


#2324 Ian the Jock

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 14:25

Still on the Jinhao 217 today, as well as a Red Jinhao x450, to put red lines through stuff.

 

The 217  :wub:


Scotland has the most beautiful, colourful, picturesque, history laden landscape in the world.....It's such a shame that you can only see it through a rain soaked car window.

 

My top tip :- Don't stand up in a canoe.


#2325 richardandtracy

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 16:03

I confess to being terribly boring.

 

I have an amber/grey Kaigelu 316 and a stainless Kaigelu 356. Both are flawless.

 

The K316 has a home ground ex-kit medium italic nib in it, which I am considering hacking at another nib to see if I can make a semi-flex stainless nib and putting it in instead of the current one.

 

Regards,

 

Richard.



#2326 Ian the Jock

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 17:26

I confess to being terribly boring.

 

I have an amber/grey Kaigelu 316 and a stainless Kaigelu 356. Both are flawless.

 

The K316 has a home ground ex-kit medium italic nib in it, which I am considering hacking at another nib to see if I can make a semi-flex stainless nib and putting it in instead of the current one.

 

Regards,

 

Richard.

Hi Richard, nothing boring about the Kaigelus

 

The semi-flex steel nib sounds interesting, and exciting.

A K316 with a flex nib, now that would be a thing.

 

Ian


Scotland has the most beautiful, colourful, picturesque, history laden landscape in the world.....It's such a shame that you can only see it through a rain soaked car window.

 

My top tip :- Don't stand up in a canoe.


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 02:23

A (AUS) $2.80 made in China fountain pen I bought from Daiso. The pen has a metal cap and body.

 

For its price, this pen writes unbelievably well, and the included blue-black ink (cartridge) has a very saturated, dark blue colour. It writes between a fine and a medium width.


Edited by aawhite, 25 March 2015 - 02:24.

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#2328 J_MM

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 02:32

That Jinhao 217 looks intersting. Never seen it before.

 

Today, Wing Sung 590 and the faithful Hero 616.



#2329 Ian the Jock

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 13:44

That Jinhao 217 looks intersting. Never seen it before.

 

 

 

It certainly is.

When I found it, I immediately came on to fpn to find out a bit about it.

There was nothing, not a mention.

The design is right up my street so I bought it, and I was awaiting its' arrival eagerly.

It is my favourite Chinese pen already by quite some margin (my k316 hasn't arrived yet, but it'll need to go some to overtake this guy).

The pen itself has a completely different "feel" to all of my other Jinhaos.

It feels very robust and solid. There is a satisfying "klunk" when you cap it or post it and you're left in no doubt that the cap won't fall off.

It's also odd that there is absolutely no mention of the manufacturer on the pen, other than the inscribed nib. Jinhaos usually have Jinhao and/or the model number somewhere on the pen, but this doesn't.

Even the convertor is far sturdier than the normal plastic Jinhao convertors. It has a brass section on it and it just looks and feels better quality. Again, unlike my others, there is no sticker with chinese symbols etc on the convertor either.

Without the nib you'd have no idea it's a Jinhao.

 

One thing I do know, is that it writes beautifully. I wrote out a presentation for my son between last night and today (8 A4 pages) and the pen was flawless. Very comfortable and super smooth, a pleasure to write with.

The style is what attracted me to it initially, as it has a similar shape (slightly slimmer) than my beloved Arbutus Apollo.

The polished copper may not be everyones cup of tea, but the build and quality of this pen really does make it look and feel like a pen far more costly than it's lowly pricetag would have you believe.

It has a decent bit of weight to it (36g posted) yet it feels beautifully balanced.

Honestly

If you like the look of it, get one, or two, or even three, it's that good.

 

Here are some pics of it..apologies for the poor quality, but they'll let you see how it looks.

 

I just can't rave about this pen enough, It is a beaut.

 

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217 1.JPG

 

Ian


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My top tip :- Don't stand up in a canoe.


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 17:53

 

It certainly is.

When I found it, I immediately came on to fpn to find out a bit about it.

There was nothing, not a mention.

.......

 

I just can't rave about this pen enough, It is a beaut.

 

Thanks for the mini review. Very helpfpul. I guess I should order one. My only concern was the diameter. It looks reasonably large. I've ordered more than a few pens from ebay only to get them and find them really too small for anything but short notes.

 

John



#2331 Ian the Jock

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 18:15

John
What other Jinhaos do you have?
If I have any the same I'll take a pic of the 217 next to a pen we both have to give you an idea of the size.

Ian

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My top tip :- Don't stand up in a canoe.


#2332 J_MM

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Posted Yesterday, 00:27

Ian,

For Jinhao I only have the X750 and X450.

Thanks. John



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Posted Yesterday, 01:59

I bought a three-pack of Hero Doctor/Jumbo, and they arrived yesterday.
The black one's nib had fallen out in transit, so I'm going to work on it at the weekend.

I inked up the green one, and it was just a little scratchy.
I worked on the nib a little with micromesh, and now it writes beautifully.

It puts down a nice wet line that is actually a little broader than I was expecting, which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

I mostly use evernote for my note-taking at work, but I've been finding excuses to use my pen :D

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Posted Yesterday, 14:26

My Baoer 388 in black arrived today and I love it.

 

It's a medium but it seems quite significantly smaller than the Jinhao medium, for example. I am pleased. I have a fine coming at some stage too in the 801, so it'll be interesting to see how fine that is!



#2335 Ian the Jock

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Posted Yesterday, 16:11

Here you go John

The 217 pictured alongside the 450.

As you can see there's not much in it, except in the looks department of course. :lol:

 

POSTED

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CAPPED

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UNCAPPED

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Theres not a lot in it weight wise either, with the 217 being 37g and the 450 being 42g.

 

I've been using it non stop since I got it and it is magic.

 

Cheers

Ian

 


Scotland has the most beautiful, colourful, picturesque, history laden landscape in the world.....It's such a shame that you can only see it through a rain soaked car window.

 

My top tip :- Don't stand up in a canoe.


#2336 J_MM

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Posted Yesterday, 17:11

Thanks Ian. 217 has been ordered!