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Kaigelu #316 FP review

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#1 tipstricks


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Posted 01 June 2007 - 16:52

Gosh...my first review on FPN! embarrassed_smile.gif

Found on ebay from Japan (what a great postage service from Tokyo: 7 days to come in Italy!).
It's a beautiful example of a low-cost FP.
Full size, medium weight:
barrel dia.: 13 mm
cap dia.: 15.2 mm
long capped: 137 mm
long posted: 176 mm
weight: 43 grams
Lovely semi-transparent acrilyc resin, white/black veined colours.
Screw type cap, screw type converter.
Medium, two tones gold plated nib, write very smooth.
It's engraved with kangaroo logo, same in the cap top.
Pen is a little too heavy with posted cap, I prefer write without, cause it's better balanced.

-material & colours
-feel good writing

-cap screwing is difficult cause low quality of thread (M12 x 1.5 double threaded screw; if I will find the right tool I'll try to adjust it)
-nib gold plating: not well made, it's disaligned to the engraved shapes.

Here are some other shots, last is a writing example with black brilliant Pelikan ink:
The package
Kaigelu #316
Top of the cap
Dismantling nib section
Writing example

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#2 John Cullen

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 17:03

hi thanks for the review and shots. That is exactly the pen I was looking at. It looks much like the Parker duofold international in black and white.

I have really had mixed experiences with cheap steel nibs. Some have been wonderfully smooth, but the last few I had were terrible writers. It is funny that some companies product such nice steel nibs for very little and some produce these garbage nibs that must cost 50 cents a piece. Sorry to hear yours is not so great. Professional help is available but at 30 bucks, which is probably close to the cost of the pen.

anyway, thanks again, j

#3 lefty928


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Posted 01 June 2007 - 17:11

That's a pretty pen! Thanks for the thorough review and the images you posted -- it's always fun to see a writing sample.
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#4 John Cullen

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 17:14

Whoops. Oh well, again, glad the nib is nice. j

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 21:17

These also come in 2 additional colors and are sold at: www.isellpens.com .

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 23:26

By the way have anyone tried their ink? The bottles are packaged like Penman.


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Posted 16 June 2007 - 22:19

Very attractive pen i must say.


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Posted 10 August 2007 - 21:19

Hi. Thanks for the great review. I was on isellpens website and was looking at the exact one!
I came to FPN to see if there were any reviews. Thanks. You gave me a good reason to get one. I think I'll get a gray/amber or charcoal (as I can't afford $400 real doufolds).
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 04:01

Sorry, but the coating quality on the nib is unacceptable...otherwise a great looking pen.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 10:33

Uh huh...I was looking at a Kaigelu like this one. I was turned off by the crappy plating. It looks like some kind smeared gold on the nib with a dull crayon.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:52

QUOTE(Renzhe @ Aug 12 2007, 02:33 AM) View Post
Uh huh...I was looking at a Kaigelu like this one. I was turned off by the crappy plating. It looks like some kind smeared gold on the nib with a dull crayon.

Last week, I got the amber model. The first thing I did was check the nib because, after reading the posts in this thread, I was concerned. The one I got looks great. The gold is aligned properly to the engraving. Also, it is an incredibly smooth nib. The pen is slightly heavier that I might like, but not bad, and, if I don't post, is perfect. I'd get another one without hesitation.
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#12 lovemy51


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Posted 20 December 2007 - 07:26

i got this model (picture borrowed from isellpens.com)
and yes... the gold tone engraving on the nib is also missaligned.
also it has a nib drying issue do to air sipping thru the clip/cap... but when i prime it and it get to write it's very smooth and wet.
i dont care much for it and i don't think i'l get another kaigelu... i do like the kangaroo logo though!!!!!

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