Posted 23 February 2011 - 03:12
I recently purchased a set of three Jinhao G29 pens off the 'bay. Here's a link to the same pens for pictures, etc.: Jinhao G29 pens
These are the first Chinese pens in my collection, and I have to admit a bit of trepidation when I first ordered them. I mean, 3 pens for $9.99 plus $10 shipping? Less than $7 a pen delivered? My expectations were low, but I was intrigued by the number of posts on here extolling the virtues of Jinhao's products. So, as I'm a sucker for hooded nib pens, I took the plunge and ordered these at the end of January. They took a month to get here, mostly due to a two week delay in shipping due to a Chinese holiday that the seller's business was closed for. However, the seller did notify me immediately after purchase about the delay, so no complaints there.
Saying that these pens were a pleasant surprise is an understatement. The fit and finish is excellent on all three. The caps snap on securly, and the barrel screws nicely onto the section. The basic clear Chinese converters work fine with no leaks. There are no weird paint problems, the plating of the clip, cap bands, and end cap is decent, and the cap jewels are prettier in person. To top it all off, the XF nibs on all three are smooth as buttah! I've got pens costing three digits that came from the factory with worse nib alignment. So far my only complaint is that I didn't end up with a blue cap jewel on one of the pens. The seller stated that the cap jewel color was random, and I ended up with a white/clear jewel on the black pen, and red jewels on the silver and gold pens.
All in all, I'm thrilled with these guys, especially considering the price!
Edited by FLJeepGuy, 23 February 2011 - 03:15.
Collection Counts: Cross-4, Esterbrook-15, Eversharp-1, Graf von Faber-Castell-1, Jinhao-2, Kaweco-1, Lamy-6, Levenger-2, Monteverde-1, Pilot/Namiki-3, Noodler's-1, Parker-18, Rotring-10, Sailor-1, Sheaffer-19, TWSBI-1, Visconti-4, Waterford-1, Waterman-7
Favorite Inks: Diamine, Levenger, Private Reserve, Noodler's Lexington Gray