Appearance & Design: 10/10
The pen came in a simple cloth sleeve, just the way you would expect it to come if you had purchased it anywhere else. Upon opening the package, I was faced with MANY layers of bubble wrap protecting the pen , it looked very well protected. I just love the look of this pen. The design is simple, but eye-catching. My photos don't do the pen justice.
Construction & Quality: 8/10
It feels well constructed, and quite solid, my only complaint would be that when posted, the cap is VERY VERY loose. It won't stay posted for long. However, this is not a problem for me, as I do not post my pens. The grip is made of plastic, rather than metal, unlike the rest of the pen. This is a good thing, as the plastic chosen for this section is not your typical shiny type of plastic. It means that I can grip the pen without my fingers slipping every now and then. The metal body and cap both look quite well made, and the chess board pattern on the barrel has its imperfections, but for a chinese pen? Not bad at all.
Weight & Dimensions: 7/10
Weight (capped/posted): 45g
Length (capped): 138mm
Length (uncapped): 121mm
Length (posted): 162mm
It's a tad on the heavy side for me, and not quite as comfortable to write with, due to this. The girth of the pen isn't too wide though. Un-posted, it is only just comfortable for writing a few pages, no more. Posted, with a wobbly cap, it feels back heavy. I have rather small hands, so the length of the pen is fine for me. The cap is actually quite light, so although I have no measurements for the weight of the pen uncapped, I'm guessing it will still be around the high 30g mark.
Nib & Performance: 9/10 (6/10 for a regular JinHao 500)
The normal Jinhao 500 comes with a 0.7mm medium nib, so I'm guessing that the pen I have in hand is a 0.7mm CI pen. All I can say is that this pen is pretty awesome. It's fun to write with, although I'm not too sure I would use it to take notes- at this point at least. Written samples provided below, with a regular Jinhao 500 written sample for comparison. My sole complaint would be that it feels a bit...reluctant on the diagonal upstroke, I'm not sure if this is because of the way I write? I use a standard tripod grip, not a death grip, so I am slightly confused. It is smooth in every other way.
Filling system & Maintenance: N/A
Standard C/C system, easy to maintain, easy to clean out. Whether you like it or not is very subjective.
Cost & Value: 10/10
This pen was free! Can usually be bought on EBAY, without the CI grind for under $7 shipped, though.
Conclusion: Final score of 44/50
Great pen, certainly one heck of an introduction to CI fountain pens, as this is my first.
Edited by Nonsensical, 21 July 2011 - 03:34.