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Why There Are Not Many(Any) Chinese Eye Dropper Pens

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#1 sajiskumar


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 11:23

There so many Chinese pens available in the market, but not any Eye Dropper pens.


I wonder why they are not making any ED pens.


Any thoughts ?



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#2 WateryFlow


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 11:40

Well most of them seem to be made from brass which can't be made into eyedroppers, but i don't know why the few plastic ones aren't.

Edited by WateryFlow, 06 November 2014 - 11:44.

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 11:46

Maybe because they consider that eye droppers are pens for only a small number of customers. Perhaps their reference market is not the niche of fountain pen specialists/aficionados... They probably produce them in such a number that they have to keep the appeal to the average standard customer that still prefers cartridge/converter use... 

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 14:29

Insufficient demand.  

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 15:30

I think it's because the Chinese have the technology and manufacturing ability to create self filling pens.


During the manufacturing history of pens it seems they started off as low tech pens that were ED's. At the time the production companies were almost a craft industry. As the capability of the companies improved, so did both the design capability and manufacturing capability, moving away from a craft industry and into more demanding, but more capable self filling pens.

Consequently ED's seem to be limited to a craft based industry, something that does not characterise Chinese manufacturing in any way, shape or form [any more].






Edited to add '[any more]'

#6 hari317



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 16:26

Hero used to manufacture ED filling hooded style pens, atleast in the 60s. Let me see if I can show an example

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 19:10

Please post your question on the sub-forum meant for Chinese pens.

#8 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 21:15

4 years ago ED pens were something very seldom, here on FPN.

I have no idea why they have become more popular out side cartridges are so expensive. Yes, they hold a lot of ink....so does two regular fountain pens that don't burp. :P

I have no desire to own one.

I have many piston pens and even a few c/c pens.


The Ebonite pens from India are pretty looking. That I could understand.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,


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