There is something I want to get off my chest about this pen: I dislike it enormously. It's not worth the money. Don't buy one.
OK, having said that, I shall try to review the pen as dispassionately as I can, though you'll see I struggled.
The first impression when opening the outer packaging and slipping off the velveteen sleeve was 'Oh no. It looks horrible'. The pen had cost £4.99 including postage.
The pen cap is painted black with unpainted chrome plated rings. There are lots of edges to the paint for it to chip from. The barrel is metal, not celluloid, and is PRINTED with a grungy green-brown simulation of marbled celluloid completely unlike the seller's photo on e-bay. What is more, the printed pattern doesn't match around the barrel and there is a glaringly obvious duplication & discontinuity in the pattern. The chrome plated finial is painted black in the same way as the cap. The poorly stamped and bent metal clip is dull Nicklel plated, completely incongruous with the rest of the pen. The painted metal section is topped with a screw thread, completely pointless as the cap clicks on the pen. Clip strength is OK.
This all metal pen is heavy and not terribly comfortable.
The sizes and weight are as below:
Length Capped: 137mm
Length Uncapped: 123mm
Length Posted: 155mm (Hopelessly insecure because the finial tapers too much and the cap rattles about on it)
Barrel Diameter: 14mm
Cap Diameter: 14mm
Poor. The design is bad. The finish is poor and even though the fit between the various parts is good, that's not able to make up for the fact the pen should never have existed in the first place.
I have not used the pen much as I don't like it, but the paint is flaking off after only a couple of days use. Conclusion: Poor.
Writing with the Pen
Uncomfortable. Nib skips randomly at the start of a line, in the middle or at the end. Excessively heavy. No feedback from the nib. Need I go on?
Nib is a nice medium when it works.
Value for Money
Not worth anything, so VFM is poor.
Don't buy one. Huashilai have possibly shown their true colours as a manufacturer with this pen. It's not inspired by any other manufacturer's pen, so they have put all their own ideas into this one.
And it's utter rubbish.
Avoid the manufacturer completely unless you are considering the Huashilai 3000 which seems to be OK.
Edited by richardandtracy, 07 January 2013 - 13:42.