There are many, many excellent Chinese pens out there with a huge variety of designs and styles to choose from.
When I first joined FPN I was "warned off" Chinese pens, however, as a stubborn "I'll make up my own mind thank you very much" type of guy, I now have 50+ Chinese pens.
Every one a winner as far as I'm concerned, and I have not had 1 single failure.
Like yourself, I also have Watermans, Deltas, etc but I just can't keep away from my Chinese pens, they are brilliant.
One phrase that pops up regularly when pens are discussed/reviewed is "...for the money"
I've tried to stop saying that myself, as I feel that many of these pens are great as pens regardless of their cost, although, the fact that they are inexpensive is a bonus.
All I can do is offer up some of my own personal favourites for you to have a look at, and of course answer any questions you may have on them.
Everyone has differing tastes and my choice of aesthetics might not suit everyone, but hey, part of the fun is raking around looking at pens anyway, so here are my "recommendations".
My favourite of all my Chinese pens is the Jinhao 217, which is a fabulous pen.
It has a super wet medium nib, and seems to be of better build quality than many of the other Jinhaos. I love the styling of the pen, and its' "you can always count on me" reliability. It really is an incredible pen "for the money"
The 217 is closely followed by several others, which are all great writers and a joy to use.
The Kiagelu 316 is a stunner, and a wonderful pen in use, with a wet medium nib. It's a pretty heavy pen when compared to the likes of your watermans, but I just love it, as do many others.
There are few Hero pens which blew me away with their build quality and performance, the First of which is the Hero 7022. What a pen! The build quality of this pen is exceptional.
It writes like a dream and is bomb proof, and anyone who says that Chinese pens are cheap rubbish obviously hasn't picked up one of these...a brilliant pen.
Another Hero that is really worth a look is the Hero 1026. It's another extremely well made robust pen, with a classy appearance. Mine has a wet medium nib and it's a "glider". It literally glides across the paper with no effort. It really is another very good pen and certainly worth a look.
If you like the styling of the Parker Sonnet, then the Baoer 388 is worth a look. I have the red ripple version and it's a lovely pen. Again, a super smooth writer which I have found to be extremely reliable, even after having been abandoned for weeks.
If you are up for a bit of bling, then the Jinhao 1200 could be right up your street.
As you can see in the show and tell above, It is a big scaly ink spewing dragon of a pen and I just couldn't resist it. My plan was to put a posh nib in it to make it a wondrous thing, but I never have...it is so good as it is, I don't want to change it.
The Picasso Swedish Flower King is another of my faves. It's a slimmer pen with gorgeous styling.
When I opened the box I was blown away by its' looks. It really is a gorgeous pen (mine is dark blue with lighter "crackles") and again, I have found mine to be super reliable.
Others from my collection that are worth a look are.
Jinhao x500 A very nice, well balanced pen which is a joy to use.
Baoer 051. This is a nice pen, lovely styling, and the bombproof Baoer nib.
Kaigelu 368. Previous show and tell subject, that to be honest, everyone should have.......It's got Roo's on it.
Hero 8018. A surprise gem. Lovely weight, lovely balance, super smooth and although style wise not everyones' cuppa, a cracking pen.
Jinhao x250, x450, x750 are always mentioned in the "good Chinese pen threads" and are very popular. Of the 3, I prefer the x750, it's nice big pen with a gushing Chinese broad nib and a delight to use. The x250 is a slimmer pen but equally pleasant to use.
The x450 has the shaped grip for correct finger placement (a la Lamy safari only more comfortable and better looking) and was my first pen along with a black and chrome Baoer 3035 which has nice styling itself, and a lovely writer.
Personally I get great pleasure from discovering hidden gems from the lower end of the Chinese pen market and I have unearthed some brilliant pens.
Huahong pens are little known but some are of cracking quality. The A29, A73, and the A59 are all unbelievable pens, especially considering what little they cost.
I haven't had any of the "horrific, soul destroying, never again" episodes with Chinese pens that some folks appear to have had, and I would heartily recommend any of the above without hesitation.
If you want any greater detail on any of the pens, just give me a shout and I'll be more than happy to oblige.
Edited by Ian the Jock, 27 August 2015 - 14:39.