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#1 tomcoombs

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:36

First Impressions (8)

Please take these notes and comments in context with the price paid for the pen, which was $0.99 + shipping.

I like big pens. This is a big pen. The chrome gleams, the black lacquer is well finished and the pen has some 'heft' to it. When you remove the cap, the silver nib (18k Gold plated) is well finished also.

Appearance (8)

Very nicely finished. The model I have is fitted with a Medium nib with Chrome clip and bands. The chrome is well finished and the black lacquer is also well finished. The thread to which the cap screws, is a little clunky, but it doesn't pose a problem when you hold the pen

Design/Size/Weight (5)

The design is similar to a Montblanc Meisterstuck le Grand 149. It is perhaps a little fatter at the cap and maybe a little longer but when you put the two together they do look very similar.

It is a pretty hefty pen coming in at 50g on my postal scale. and when posted feels slightly out of balance.

Nib (5)

I have a medium nib in this pen, and it claims to be 18k Gold Plated. It must be white gold for it is a very shiny silver. Not quite as large as the MB nib, but fitting for the pen overall.

When you put pen to paper, it performs surprisingly well. The line is wet, even and the nib didn't give any starting issues or skips during the test pages. The nib is a little noisy on the paper I am using, but you get used to that. I filled the pen with Akkermans #5 shocking blue for the first time out and it has continued to write really quite nicely with it.

Filling System (3)

The provided converter is a little shaky. When operating it for the first time, inadvertently screwing the plunger the wrong way removed the plunger, cap and plastic bits from the converter. Some careful re-assembly and a little sealant later the whole thing is fine.

Cost and Value (10)

For $0.99 it cost/value is, well, beyond compare.

Conclusion (6)

Given the cost of these pens, and what you get back from them, I would suggest that anyone who likes a big pen, should at least try one of these out.

For $15 when you include the shipping, it's a very limited investment in something that looks like a much larger, more expensive pen.


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#2 Pickwick

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 13:33

Very good review, You're right about the converter. I discarded mine and turned it into an eye dropper. One mistake I did make, was to initially fill the barrel with ink only to find ink dripping from the chrome band between the barrel and blind cap!

I solved this problem by spraying matt black paint from an aerosol can into the interior of the barrel. After leaving it to dry, gave it a water test and it worked. The barrel holds a lot of ink. I used silicone on the section threads before screwing it into the barrel. I've been using this pen for the past two weeks and it works every time.

As you point out this pen is a wet writer and I found the nib produced too broad a line for my liking. So i've changed the nib for a two tone German made fine one. The noodler's Manhattan Blue I filled it with dries very fast on paper, and compensates for the wet flow of this pen. This pen has become one of my favorites as I have large hands.


I bought mine for $8.99 including shipping.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 14:34

Very good review, You're right about the converter. I discarded mine and turned it into an eye dropper. One mistake I did make, was to initially fill the barrel with ink only to find ink dripping from the chrome band between the barrel and blind cap!

I solved this problem by spraying matt black paint from an aerosol can into the interior of the barrel. After leaving it to dry, gave it a water test and it worked. The barrel holds a lot of ink. I used silicone on the section threads before screwing it into the barrel. I've been using this pen for the past two weeks and it works every time.


Now thats an interesting idea...

I bought mine for $8.99 including shipping.


Darn it...I got screwed! Mine was $12 including shipping... Posted Image


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#4 Pickwick

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 18:34

If it's any consolation mine only had to travel across the Pacific, your's took a longe route!

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 06:39

Does this pen use a standard international converter? If so it would be easy to replace the converter with a better one.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:34

Yes it does.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:57

I have three Jinhao 159s and might order even more. I have quite a collection of inks and am always short of pens and these pens are IMHO the best low-budget pens. Too bad the pens are only in black, I would love to have, for example, burgundy or dark blue ones.



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Posted 02 October 2012 - 18:14

I have three Jinhao 159s and might order even more. I have quite a collection of inks and am always short of pens and these pens are IMHO the best low-budget pens. Too bad the pens are only in black, I would love to have, for example, burgundy or dark blue ones.


Check out XFountainpens.com they have two different colors which are obviously 159s. They're labeled: X530, Mondlicht "Moonlight and Tageslicht "Daylight".

Edited by Pickwick, 02 October 2012 - 18:14.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 18:18

The X530 does not post --if that is important to you--just FYI



Also my 159 has already died--the inner cap came out--broken and the pen will not write. I consider myself pretty good at making pens write--but no--it is dead. {only a few months old, really did not use it much--puled it out to play--dead}
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 19:59

The X530 does not post --if that is important to you--just FYI



Also my 159 has already died--the inner cap came out--broken and the pen will not write. I consider myself pretty good at making pens write--but no--it is dead. {only a few months old, really did not use it much--puled it out to play--dead}


I should have looked closer, although these pens look similar there are differences. Sorry to hear of your experience.

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#11 John Cullen

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 18:11

I like xfountainpens.com and I have used them with success.

However, if you buy one of these and upgrade to the German nib you will get the new German nib they are carrying, not the KNOX German nib. The new one is something like Neoseme (spelling?). The Knox is better than the Neoseme

The KNOX nib in my opinion is worth the extra couple of bucks and is better than the nib that comes standard with the pen, especially if you want a Fine line.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:00

I like xfountainpens.com and I have used them with success.

However, if you buy one of these and upgrade to the German nib you will get the new German nib they are carrying, not the KNOX German nib. The new one is something like Neoseme (spelling?). The Knox is better than the Neoseme

The KNOX nib in my opinion is worth the extra couple of bucks and is better than the nib that comes standard with the pen, especially if you want a Fine line.


I understand the Knox K35 fits and there has been some good reviews.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 14:04

I just got my 159 today. Wow, that's a big pen. It definitely feels better in my hand without the cap posted, but even postd it isn't as unbalanced as some smaller pens I have.

As for how it writes... surprisingly smooth! This is as smooth as my Safari for about 1/3 the price. For a cheap guy like me, that's a big plus.

I wasn't sure if I'd like a big pen, but it's very comfortable in my hand.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 15:51

I now have 3 159s........all good

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 17:17

I think I'd like to replace my Medium nib with a fine. Any reccomendations? This nib is pretty large -- I'm not sure what to get and ensure it will fit.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:44

I think I'd like to replace my Medium nib with a fine. Any reccomendations? This nib is pretty large -- I'm not sure what to get and ensure it will fit.



A Knox K35 nib should do the trick.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:20

The 6mm Bock 250 nibs at Indy Pen Dance will also fit. I thought they used to have sizes other than medium though.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 22:12

Nice review

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 14:19

I was going to try the pen but I detest the little shield on the clip.
Maybe I can pry it off.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 18:57

Now I am lucky enough to own a real MB 149, I now realise how heavy the Jinhao 159 is! Unfortunately my Jinhao 159 has been junked due to the lacquer wearing away revealing the brass underneath......oh well no great loss! The other 2 have been given away to some FP newbies, who will hopefully catch the bug.

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