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x450 Kurve blue "Bulow" Chinese made


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#1 PacificCoastPen

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 16:49

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That's a Visconti Van Gogh midi for comparison. The nib length is the same on both pens.

Curiousity drew me to this pen and the price. Does anyone know what "Bulow" refers to?

Note the feed inconsistencies on the writing.

Apologies for lack of better close-ups and better illumination. It's cloudy with a chance of fountain pens in Los Osos this morning.

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Edited by PacificCoastPen, 27 April 2010 - 17:34.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 16:51

Nice review and thats a good looking pen you have there. Thanks.
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Posted 28 April 2010 - 10:46

w...
what a great review...very thorough!

i love that blue body! Does the color turn purplish on the cap...or is that your photo?

it's interesting...your handwriting looks familiar.

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#4 vans4444

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 11:07

Nice looking pen. I tried an eBay search on Bulow and only came up with one hit. It is not a name I know (except for the Prussian General at Waterloo :) )

It reminds me of a Jinhao.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 13:06

The pen looks exactly like a Jinhao X450. Possibly they are now being copied.

I adore the colour though. After having a Leonardo with such a colour I'd be interested in learing how durable the finish is - both the gold and the blue. My Leonardo wasn't durable at all.Posted Image

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 20:28

What relationship does Bulow have with Jinhao?
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Posted 29 April 2010 - 11:56

Would you buy a Bulow in a China shop, har har har?

Oh dear, I've hurt myself laughing.

Edited by Fuddlestack, 29 April 2010 - 11:58.

When you're good at it, it's really miserable.


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Posted 30 April 2010 - 03:47

I think "Bulow" is a name added by xfountianpens.com to try to make the pen seem a little more upscale. It's not an official name from Jinhao. It's just a X450.
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 05:18

Yeah, I think this pen is just a a remarketed Jinhao x450
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 23:42

It has x450 engraved on the cap band, so it IS a Jinhao x450. These are really broad-nibbed pens and, as such, I am not as fond of them as my x30s, but they write well and are pleasantly thick enough to hold without fatigue.

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 16:43

This is the nib taken with my mother's day present.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 13:09

This is the nib taken with my mother's day present.


That is interesting. The opposite was noted by an Amazon buyer.

On the Amazon Bulow X49 Crown review, a buyer notes 'One point of interest, the pen is sold as Bulow, but the nib is engraved with the brand name "Jinhao". Not that that fact bothers me, it is my understanding those are also pretty good pens. It's not the same style nib as in the picture. The one I got has a classic pattern nib.'

Apparently sometimes the nibs are engraved "Bulow" and sometimes they are engraved "Jinhao"-- they are probably both German nibs, is that correct? I wonder if they are the same nib, but they ran out of the "Jinhao" stamped ones and used the manufacturers name?

If one googles "jinhao fountain pen", one of the advertising links at the top is "Amazon.com Buy jinhao fountain pens at Amazon! Qualified orders over $25 ship free". If you click on it, a list of Bulow
fountain pens appears. The model numbers match the Jinhao "X###" models.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 15:04

Apparently sometimes the nibs are engraved "Bulow" and sometimes they are engraved "Jinhao"-- they are probably both German nibs, is that correct? I wonder if they are the same nib, but they ran out of the "Jinhao" stamped ones and used the manufacturers name?


I'm pretty sure these are Chinese nibs. The only thing German about the nibs is the word engraved on these Chinese nibs.
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 11:46

Just to add to this discussion, the flow problems are not the fault of the pen's construction. The converter is the problem. I've had four of Bulow's X750 pens due to their relative cheapness - they're a cheap writer that looks very good, so they've been the workhorse of my collection, bearing the brunt of my writing, while more expensive pens are saved for meetings or dressy occasions.

I know that this is not a discussion of the X750. However, the flow problems are likely from the same source, so I thought it would be useful to relay my experiences. I've heard hearsay that Lamy converters work well with the X750 pen. The LZ26 may be suitable, having a narrower neck, but the LZ24 has too broad an opening. Regardless of this, I had spare LZ24, three of these pens sitting on my shelf, and super-glue, so I glued the converter in to ensure a perfect seal.

Using that converter, the flow is as beautiful as you could wish for, solving the recurring problems I've had with every pen from this line. After that, I use this pen every single day. It's durable, it's beautiful, it stands up to more punishment than you'd expect, and it writes beautifully. I just wish I could get it with a finer nib.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:39

I bought exactly the same pen with a German Knox nib.It is a wonderful wet fine writer and,its BUTTERY smooth.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 12:13

@Lurkily: you can buy replacement Knox nibs at xfountainpens.com. Those are available from xfine to broad, IIRC.

(No affiliation, but I've bought my Bulows there).


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 15:45

I have a Bulow X450, which was tagged as a Jinhao X450 at the shop where I bought it. This was in Pune, near Mumbai. The pen cost me ~Rs. 200 (~USD 3)! Writes well. But is very heavy and I do not see myself writing with it much. Mine looks like a python with it greenish / brownish colour, and with its weight, feels like one!








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