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Posted 04 November 2010 - 21:49
I have just received and inked a Baoer 517 from eBay. I purchased it for a Dollar and figured what I had nothing to lose at that price.
Appearance & Design (7)
The 517 is a nice looking pen. It is a deep red with a black marble pattern and black and chrome accents. The most unique aspect of the pen is the interesting Clip design which I think will be love it or hate it for many people. The nib is two toned and is pretty enough.
Construction & Quality (7)
The pen seems to be constructed well enough. Nothing jumped out at me upon inspection as seeming fragile or of poor quality. The only real weak spot is that the converter seems a little poor but functions and holds ink well.
Weight & Dimensions (5)
This is a small pen. It is about 2 CM shorter than a Safari unposted and about 4 CM shorter posted. It is very close in size to the Pilot Vpen. The weight is nice and gives the pen a nice feel in the hand. This pen is not for those looking for a large pen.
Nib & Performance (5)
The nib seems to write fairly dry but smooth none the less. I did have some issues after letting it sit, it took some time to start but once started it flowed nicely. When writing there were a few instances of ink skipping but nothing major.
Filling System & Maintenance (6)
The 517 is a C/C pen. The included converter is a little on the cheap side but functional. Seems to hold a decent amount of ink.
Cost & Value (8)
This a decent pen for a great price. I cost me a bit more than a Vpen with shipping but offers far more flexibility as it comes with a converter and requires no hacking to refill. The styling and feel is better than I would expect for a Dollar. I am very satistfied with the product I received at this price point.
I certainly would not tell anyone to rush out and buy this pen but I do not think it will disappoint if you do. It is nice looking and functional little pen that offers a good value.
Posted 05 November 2010 - 02:44
no cloging inks like watermans.
Posted 05 November 2010 - 20:51
Posted 07 November 2010 - 07:31
I have a Baoer 3040 that gives a lovely consistent wet line and the pen has a nice feeling of sturdiness and weight. I think I picked it up for $3 including a converter and free shipping!
In contrast I have a Jinhao x750 and an x450 that both have consistency issues but to their nib shapes. Both are very nice pens other than the nibs being ground into too deep a "baby butt" shape which makes then skip and slow to start. The upstroke is particularly bad. They'll make great cheap pens to experiment with nib grinding, but they could easily put a novice off FPs all together.
Overall I've had a great time playing with cheap import pens, but I think my next purchases will be the new Noodler's and a few more TWSBIs.
Edited by Jadedgn, 07 November 2010 - 07:31.
Posted 08 November 2010 - 17:53
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 18:39
My 517 has been a good performer. Removing the "tube" from the feed helped cure it's slight skipping issue for me. Unfortunently it is too small for me personally. I still use it daily, but I can not write with it for very long, the taper at the grip makes it too thin.
Any instructions on the tube removal? I feel than the thinness also limits my use of this pen. Still a great deal for the price but not my go to pen.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:51
Posted 18 February 2011 - 19:56
I ordered it from danrong2008 on ebay. They were listed as a top rated seller, so I figured it was probably safe. It took about four weeks to arrive and came by mail and there was no shipping charge.
Posted 18 February 2011 - 22:15
Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:49
Posted 29 April 2012 - 15:37
Another question is: is the pen easily postable? I tend to lose the cap sometimes...
My 517 should be arriving tomorrow! Thanks in advance!
Edited by savingbirds, 29 April 2012 - 16:40.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:22
Mont Blanc Alfred Hitchcock, Mont Blanc 149, Montegrappa Historia Limited editon 410/1000, Sheaffer imperial 777, Prker 51 special, Parker Duofold senior special, Stipula Tuscany dreams piston with 1.1 italic 036/351, incoming: Stipula Tuscany dreams T-flex. Incoming: Parker 51 Vac
Posted 04 March 2018 - 00:30
They can be had for as little as $1.60 postpaid to the US of A via eBay today. I paid an extra dollar to get one in brown but they sent a black one anyway. I complained and they say they will send another. I have had a lot of trouble with Chinese eBay sellers sending a pen other than the one they listed lately so I have begun to protest.
Mine came super smooth and rather dry. I pressed the nib against paper a bit hard to spread the tines and it turned into a real gusher. So I pushed them back a bit and now it's about right. This nib is the most sensitive I have ever encountered to pressure so if you want more flow go easy. I am surprised people thought it small. Capped it is about 3/4" longer than a Sheaffer Dollar Pen, about the same length open and posted. It's heftier. These things are relative but I think it is within the normal range and not a mini purse pen. In fact, I think it is one of the nicest Chinese pens I have tried, and I have tried a lot!
Posted 13 March 2018 - 01:46
I received the replacement and it was the correct color. Nib is a bit dry but not as much so as the first one was on arrival and I have pretty much left it as is. One big disappointment and an answer to a question above: the first pen posts and the second does not;-( I can see that the cap liners look different but in fact the two caps both post on the first pen while neither posts on the second so it must be something (invisible) with the barrel. But now maybe I can see why people complained the pen is too small -- unposted it is too short for me to write with comfortably.
Posted 29 April 2018 - 20:07
I just received the blue and orange-black models. Both write wet and smooth. None of my 517s get ink on my fingers or have flow issues and each has a different brand of ink in it. I'm not sure it's the pen I'd suspect in a fight with BSB ;-)