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#1 alvarez57

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 06:31

Introduction

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!

Presentation

the box is very cute and feminine, you can guess it will be a pen for a female.



The Pen

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.





The Cap

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.





The Nib

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.



Overall Impression

I like it! And it serves me well, a pen snob who thought NO cheap pen was going to win me over blush.gif .

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.

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#2 ThaIwan

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 11:44

I have a DKW 800, same nib and section. Only barrel and clip differ. Nib was very smooth, even some flex....until I bent it...that never happened before with any pen. Not use it really. Funny to see a review came up here. I never found the pens elsewhere. Bought it at some pen stall selling in a department store in Thailand.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 18:17

That nib reminds me of the Parker 51 nib smile.gif

#4 alvarez57

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 21:28

QUOTE (lowks @ Jun 6 2009, 01:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That nib reminds me of the Parker 51 nib smile.gif


That's what I liked about this pen.

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#5 andy1m

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 15:16

I just bought five with similar nib last week. Very satisfied with their performance. And very cheap also, only $3 -$5.

#6 Aunt Jill

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 14:36

I have this pen and at 39 gm it's way too heavy for me. It has a slippery grip; the wavy lines don't help much for small hands To me it feels more like a piece of industrial equipment than a fountain pen. But it's attractive and writes well.
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