Appearance & Design (8/10) – Even if this pen would have cost me 20 times what I paid for it, I would consider it a nice looking pen. The barrel has a beautiful raised copper impression with a pattern of Chinese writing and running horses. The cap is a shiny black with a copper clip and copper bands at the top and bottom. It all comes together as very classy and just flashy enough to stand out without being gaudy. I think the copper and black contrast is nice and looks like a much more expensive pen than it is.
Construction & Quality (8/10) – There is nothing about the Baoer 507 that feels cheap or poorly made. The finish is clean without any issues when it arrived. The cap is secured on the barrel with a snap-on type of fit (not sure what it’s called by it isn’t the screw-on type). When posted it is secured in the same manner and fits securely, although not very deeply. The section is made of a very cheap ribbed plastic that will probably hold up fine but is uncomfortable to hold and too small for my finger grip. Unfortunately it makes the pen fairly difficult to use for long periods of time. In my opinion, other than the nib (which I will get to in a second), the construction and quality of the pen are very nice. I know Chinese pen makers have a reputation for poor quality control but the pen itself is very well made.
Weight & Dimensions (3/10) – I don’t have extensive experience with fountain pens yet but this pen is a moderate weight – not too heavy and not too light. Unfortunately the weight is centered toward the back of the pen so it feels unbalanced even when unposted. Posting it is pretty much impossible except for short periods of time because it posts very shallowly on the barrel and since it’s already back-heavy, it makes it feel like it will fly out of your hand.
She sits at a length of 12.5 cm unposted and 17.0 cm posted. I have average sized hands and the length feels appropriate when unposted and too long when posted. However, when unposted it is slightly uncomfortable to hold because in addition to the awkward weight, the ledge for the cap at the back of the pen sits right in the sulcus of my hand and annoys me.
Nib & Performance (1/10) – You aren’t given any nib choices when order this pen online so a Medium nib is standard. The nib was the big downfall of this pen. Mine arrived in the mail with a damaged nib – one of the tines was bent down and they were spread. I contacted the seller who refunded me but I got to keep the pen anyways so I figured I’d try to work on it a bit and see if I could get it to write. I managed to get it in working condition and when I get more time I may be able to get it to write well. For now though it is a very scratchy nib. It’s not especially wet either but I think I can fix that with some tender loving care. This was unfortunately a testament to the poor quality control coming from China.