This Chinese pen was given to me by a desk clerk at the hospital I work (hospitalize, more correctly). She describes herself as "The E-Bay Queen" and says she saw this pen in an auction. Because she knew I like fountain pens, she bought it for $2.00! I thought that was very nice and thoughtful of her part and that is why I am dedicating this review for Miss Ethel. I will stay away from grading the pen for such a nice present should not be graded at all!
the box is very cute and feminine, you can guess it will be a pen for a female.
Surprise! not that feminine but it is very attractive. I usually don't like metallic pens but I must admit I like this one. The engraving is not sophisticated but neither makes the pen look cheap nor dull. It is not a heavy pen (sorry, I don't have a scale) and uncapped is quite well balanced. The size is close to a [Pelikan] M600, but sleeker.
Very heavy! and has a blue cabochon/jewel at the top. May cheapen the look of the pen for it is big but for some reason I don't mind it at all. The clip was a delightful surprise for it has a roller like the Omas. A nice detail for a cheap pen.
The only objection I have for this pen is the cap mechanism. It is plastic and closes by pressure, now, it is so tight that a lot of force has to be applied and it closes in a loud click.
This was THE best surprise I had, for the nib is an extra-fine hooded nib that looks like a hybrid between a Parker 51 and a 45! The nib is no scratchier than my Dama Parker 51. To my surprise it is a quick starter!
The grip section has a carved wavy design that helps a lot for a comfortable and stable grip.
I like it! And it serves me well, a pen snob who thought NO cheap pen was going to win me over .
I recommend it for those who cannot afford a Parker 51 to experience a hooded nib and to those who also love an extra-fine nib but are not willing to pay a lot. After all, this pen cost $2.00!!! I told Miss Ethel she paid more for the shipping than the pen!
Thank you so much!
Edited by alvarez57, 05 June 2009 - 06:54.