Appearance & Design: 5
I think when I took this out of the envelope it was love at first sight-the glossy finish! The pretty crystals! The streamlined elegance! I love the subtle shape of the pen, how it is slightly wider at the top of the cap, narrows, expands slightly after the grip, then narrows and thins again to the end. The line of small crystals around cap adds not too much sparkle but just enough to be eye catching. The clip is quite elegant, slim and modern, and I can gaze at the top circle of clear crystals for hours.
Construction & Quality: 4.5
The pen is incredibly well made for how much it costs. It feels like an expensive pen in hand, and all the parts click together without flaw. It also feels solid enough to carry around in my bag without much worry, low fuss for such a pretty pen.
Weight & Dimensions: 5
This is basically the perfect weight and size for me, surprisingly substantial, and when posted seem to strike the perfect balance, as the cap is actually rather heavy and suits the slimmer bottom half of the pen. The grip is just wide enough to be comfortable, though slightly short, and in all feels like the way I'd imagined a fountain pen should in hand.
Nib & Performance: 4.5
This is a hooded nib, which I've never had experience with before, but think I rather like. It is amazingly smooth and writes very very well. There were no specifications, but it writes like a fine (pretty comparable to my Safari EF), with lovely flow, and no scratchiness what so ever. It does skip occasionally and has to be maintained at the right angle,
Sorry about the crappy handwriting...why does it always look so much worse photographed? Written on Clarefontaine with Diamine Umber.
Filling System & Maintenance: 2.5
I hate this converter. Hate it, because it looks cheap and it feels cheap, and it is cheap, and it is difficult to fill it up, and it looks like it might break at any moment, and in fact at one point I panicked because my pen stopped writing, and had to press down on the converter to let out a bit of the air to get the ink to flow again. I guess this is a clear case of you get what you pay for--but it works, and for this price point (and every positive about the pen) it is something I can live with.
Cost & Value: 5++!
I paid about $12 for this pen and I think that is rather incredible for the quality, appearance, and general loveliness of this pen. I have not seen this exact model anywhere on Ebay, but I believe you can find similar Jinhao pens at similar price points and it is well, well worth it.
This is really a remarkable pen for the price. It is gorgeous, looks and feels and writes like a far more expensive pen, but was so inexpensive that I have no fear of using it on quite a regular basis. I still can't stop marveling at how damned pretty it is and for that reason will probably use it as much as possible. The converter is a bit (bleep), yes, but thankfully that is the part that I won't have to look at or deal with very often. I'm in love with this pen, and unfortunately I haven't found any other Jinhao that struck my fancy aesthetically as much as this did...but I'll be on the look out for more if i can. Love, love love, really.
It doesn't hurt that it and a white Safari makes a pretty pair!
Edited by tweexcore, 14 October 2010 - 00:18.