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#1 PenHero

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 12:33

Hi, Folks,

 
This is an unusual Kin Sin cartridge fountain pen c1980s-1990s.   Although it’s silver in color, there are no hallmarks.  The cap and barrel has rows of different Chinese characters representing teeth.  The depth and detail of the raised characters probably means the cap and barrel were cast.  The clip, section and end caps appear to be chrome plated.  The very firm stainless steel nib is deeply inset into the ribbed nib section and appears to be simply a standard open nib unit with the section extended to cover most of it.  There is very little information on the Kin Sin Pen Company in English.  Researching posts on Fountainpennetwork gave some clues, as follows:  Jinxing, or Kin Sin, or Golden Star 金星, according to various collector’s stories, was a Shanghai pen maker started by three Korean brothers in 1932.  The company opened a Beijing factory in 1952.  The pen, nib or packaging will show a star in a ring as the manufacturer’s symbol.  In this case, the mark is on the inside of the pen box.  Pens from Shanghai were marked Kin Sin Pen Company and the Beijing pens were marked Golden Star Pen Company.  The pen is 5 ¼ inches long.
 
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If anyone has more information about this pen, I would love to hear it!
 
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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:40

1932-1936 Venus Pen Company/Venus Fountain Pen Mfg. Co.(V. P. C.)

Founder: Kim Sung Ken, Kim Sung Mun, Kim Sung Pin.

In Korean: Kim Sung=Kin Sin/Jinxing in Chinese

V. P. C. lost in American Pencil Co.(Brand: Venus) vs. V. P. C (Brand: Ay-kuo愛國, lit: Patriotic) in 1936 So it had to change its name in to Kin Sin Fountain Pen Mfg. Co.(K. S. P. C)

1936-1978 Kin Sin K. S. P. C in Shanghai.

1952- Golden Star G. S. P. C. in Beijing.

Before 1956, G. S. P. C. is K. S. P. C.'s Branch.

1956-1966, K. S. P. C. is one of shareholders of G. S. P. C.'s shareholder. Wolff(Later Hero) is also one of shareholders of G. S. P. C.'s shareholder. 

 

I think it is from G. S. P. C and because of the nib,the period should be between 1990s-2000s.


Edited by Tefolim, 17 November 2017 - 09:54.


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 12:18

1932-1936 Venus Pen Company/Venus Fountain Pen Mfg. Co.(V. P. C.)

Founder: Kim Sung Ken, Kim Sung Mun, Kim Sung Pin.

In Korean: Kim Sung=Kin Sin/Jinxing in Chinese

V. P. C. lost in American Pencil Co.(Brand: Venus) vs. V. P. C (Brand: Ay-kuo愛國, lit: Patriotic) in 1936 So it had to change its name in to Kin Sin Fountain Pen Mfg. Co.(K. S. P. C)

1936-1978 Kin Sin K. S. P. C in Shanghai.

1952- Golden Star G. S. P. C. in Beijing.

Before 1956, G. S. P. C. is K. S. P. C.'s Branch.

1956-1966, K. S. P. C. is one of shareholders of G. S. P. C.'s shareholder. Wolff(Later Hero) is also one of shareholders of G. S. P. C.'s shareholder. 

 

I think it is from G. S. P. C and because of the nib,the period should be between 1990s-2000s.

 

If I understand correctly, the pen is a Golden Star, not a Kin Sin branded pen?



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Posted 18 November 2017 - 02:55

 

If I understand correctly, the pen is a Golden Star, not a Kin Sin branded pen?

Yes, Kin Sin stopped producing fountain pen in 1978.

 

And I did not find this pen on Golden Star's catalog in early 2000s.


Edited by Tefolim, 18 November 2017 - 02:59.


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 04:07

It is known that Golden Star do take on a market for OEM / Gift market in their latter years , with that , this pen might be one of their offering in a specific batch on order by certain customer instead of their own marketing. The lack of branding on the exterior of the pen suggest that. I have in my collection some Chinese OEM production that are fashioned similar ( no real branding anywhere, but disassembly will reveal its lineage by the components )



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Posted 18 November 2017 - 11:26

Thanks!  This is very helpful!  I will update my article on the pen.



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Posted 19 November 2017 - 19:18

This is the logo from the inside of the box the pen came in:

 

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Golden Star

 
金色的星星
 
Gold Star
 
金星
 
It appears to be Gold Star - correct?
 
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Posted 20 November 2017 - 03:04

 

This is the logo from the inside of the box the pen came in:

 

KinsinTeethMaster02a.png

 

Golden Star

 
金色的星星
 
Gold Star
 
金星
 
It appears to be Gold Star - correct?
 
Thanks!

 

Golden Star is the formal translation of 金星 in advertisements, Both G. S. P. C. and K. S. P. C. used the translation.

However, Golden Star is G. S. P. C.'s English brand, and K. S. P. C. used the old Kin Sin.

 

Here is Golden Star 582(582金星)'s advertisement, which is from G. S. P. C.

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Here is Kin Sin 229/253/319's advertisement, which is from K. S. P. C.

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Late 1950s - Early 1960s

The Old Logo is Tai-chi Golden Star, which is from Kim brothers and said that it is relative to S. Korean Flag. 

 


Edited by Tefolim, 20 November 2017 - 03:16.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 12:27

Excellent!  So the pen is probably a G. S. P. C Golden Star pen made for the OEM / Gift market probably made between 1990s-2000s.  Correct?



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Posted 21 November 2017 - 12:32

Excellent!  So the pen is probably a G. S. P. C Golden Star pen made for the OEM / Gift market probably made between 1990s-2000s.  Correct?

Yes.



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Posted 21 November 2017 - 15:42

Tai-chi is symbol used by Taoist for centuries before Korea made it their own national symbol








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