Ok, as I alluded to earlier, todays' show and tell was an absolute gem of a find, and the good news?
They are still out there for next to nothing if it takes your fancy.
Huahong Red Lava
I found this pen on ebay, listed with no name, brand, model number...nothing.
After I won it, I contacted the seller (I know, it would have made sense to do so beforehand, but hey, all part of the fun ) and asked what brand the pen was. When the reply was "Huahong" I was none the wiser, and awaited the pens' arrival.
When it arrived, I was knocked out.
It is a gorgeous pen..It is a deep red colour with golden and red iridesent "lava" which appears to move around in the light. It is hard to describe, but it is really nice, and very effective.
The pen itself is extremely well made, and both the section and barrel threads are brass.
It comes with a "squeeze fill" converter which fits onto the section very snugly indeed, and works well, holding a fair amount of ink.
The grip section is a combination of ringed metal and , I take it, plastic, before the section is finished near the end, in, again, gold metal, which looks really nice.
The nib itself is a 2 tone Huahong fine nib, and again looks nice, and really matches in well with the rest of the pen.......and of course, it writes beautifully, nice and wet, and surprisingly smooth for a fine nib. (For some reason, I'm always impressed when a fine nib writes smoothly, probably because I've read many times that fine nibs are scratchy. )
The cap band is a broad, faceted affair, in brushed silver with with the Huahong logo embossed deeply in gold, and edged with gold rings. This is set off by the 2 tone clip, which also carries a small Huahong logo engraved at the top.
It maybe doesn't sound right, all this 2 tone-ness on a red pen, but it works perfectly, especially when posted, where the matching adornments, section and nib look fantastic.
So, All in all, a brilliant pen, and the best part about this pen?????
I won it in an auction for the bank-bustin' total, including shipping....of.... $1.79.
So (for those of you of a certain age to remember Twiki)
GO GET EM' BUCK