Personally I'm excited to receive my Bottle of ink and Free pen. I consider this a cheaper version of the Sailor instead of an expensive version of the knock-off. I've never considered buying a Jinhao because I've never heard great things about their nibs from writing quality and I don't think their designes are interesting or inspired. I also never heard many good things about monteverde, I even was going to buy a Monteverde Mountains of the world pen but the guy at Fharney's (DC pen store) told me to avoid it. to be honest the only reason I bought this pen was it was too good of a deal to pass up. I don't know why there is so much controversy over this. either way I hope this pen works well and monteverde can get some exposure, come cash, and improve their QC and reputation
My only other Monteverde pen is the poquito, and it's a freaking awesome pen. I got mine on clearance and then bought six more as gifts. Well made, unique design, glassy smooth, reliable, consistent, awesome clip, a perfect pocket pen.
I did order a brass invincia on massdrop for $18 after a discount they gave me for screwing up my Lamy 2000 order. I am interested in how it performs, but if the nib sucks, a black Goulet nib will do the job.