Greetings Fellow FPNers,
Below are some of my thoughts on the Thyer edition of the Jinhao 911.
This review turned out sounding a little more negative than I had intended, but don’t let it scare you away from this pen. Many of the good points about the Jinhao 911 have already been discussed in KingRoach’s excellent and much fuller review. My observations agree 100% with his, including the issues of potential scratching and the nib lightly touching the inside of the cap when capped.
According to the Thebai Company that sells this pen, it has several distinct differences from the regular Jinhao 911:
1. The nib has been reground from 0.38mm to 0.45mm, given a better feed assembly, and tuned.
2. The plastic threaded part that connects the section to the barrel has been replaced with a metal one (newer Jinhao 911s also have the metal part).
3. A better piston converter has replaced the plunger type (newer Jinhao 911s also have this improved converter).
4. Each Thyer pen is adjusted by hand for optimal performance.
5. The Thebai logo and “Thebai Thyer” have replaced the “Jinhao 911” engraving on the cap rim.
I’m not sure if it’s available outside of China, but Seele has kindly provided the link to the Taobao seller whom I bought it from.
A Final Word
If you want an inexpensive, lightweight, hooded nib “flighter” with a decent fine nib, then this is definitely worth your interest. Just know that the outside of the pen will scratch easily (I can already see scratches on the barrel in addition to those already on the section) and may quickly turn into a “beater” pen.
The nib is average but not scratchy and flows alright with a wet ink, producing an even fine line. Is it worth paying a little more for this “hot rod” Thyer version as opposed to the standard Jinhao 911? Since I don’t have the latter to compare with, all I can say is definitely if you really want the fine nib instead of the 911’s extra fine.