This is for the Jinhao X750 Silver pen I recently ordered off of Goulet. This is my current carry pen for the time being.
About: Jinhao seems to be one of these Chinese makers who can create pens that look intended for a cushy desk job without having to sell off your first born for a power pen. In fact, another Jinhao pen was featured in Goulet's Top Power Pen picks.
Although this pen looks like one I would want to use in a courtroom, my environment is far from it. Instead my role is more blue collar with even my paper presenting challenges that will sort lesser pens out. That's to say little of my work environment itself which has already claimed quite a few victims. That said, I believe this pen has gotten a trial by fire. Here are my results.
Construction: This pen is all stainless steel. The barrel itself appears to have fine milling marks going around its circumference, giving it a definite but softened sheen, with chrome looking end caps, clip, and reinforcing rings at the joint. The ring on the cap side has Jinhao at the end of the clip, X750 on the opposite side, and decorative ivy vines going around between. These accents are filled with black paint. The bushing the nib screws into is also visible and forms one of the border rings to this ring with the accents, and another ring is on the cap. Where the cap snaps on leaves a slight seam one would have to look for to find. Overall, everything looks intentional and feels tight. The grip is smooth black plastic with a rounded reinforcing ring at the end where the nib inserts into the grip. The nib is also stainless steel and is etched, which makes it my only pen that has anything other than the brand and some basic information on the nib. Front and center is the Jinhao logo which is above the Jinhao logotype. 18Kgp is at the base, so I'm guessing Jinhao uses the same nib blank in other pens that have gold plated nibs. A Greek Pillar border surrounds the outer perimeter of the nib. Overall, it is fairly elegant for a pen that cost me a pair of Abraham Lincolns.
Inking: This pen takes standard international cartridges, but it also comes with a twist converter. The nib unscrews This style seems to be one of the harder ones to get ink moving on for me, but doing so isn't overly difficult. A few cap on strikes on the paper and it's ready. The nib unscrews from the barrel where a cartridge can be stuck on the nipple and another cartridge can be placed loose in the barrel, however the design of which is vulnerable to a certain, highly annoying problem. More on that later. I inked with my Manuscript Black carts that I gathered from my local craft store. This is my most cloggy ink so if I'll have flow problems, it will be with this ink.
Writing: Writing is fairly smooth and consistent on everything I have tried, including Hammermill paper with edible oil product on it, my Pacon sketch book, sticky notes, and the like, and feels a little better than the Nib Creaper on all. It leans slightly wet out of what I've used so far as well. Many have mentioned that on continuous writing sessions, it will begin to skip, but so far I have yet to experience that one, although I rarely write for more than a couple minutes at a time. Being mostly metal, it has some heft to it, but nothing that would make it tiring to use. It is well balanced unposted, which is how I typically use pens, but posting is still an option. However, doing so makes the pen a little top heavy. The only problem I have run into is the annoying problem hinted at previously.
Carry (durability): My workplace is tough on pens. No matter what I do, I wind up fumbling them from pockets or oil soaked hands, dropping them in water and oil, having them in my pocket as I go through many different positions, and the like with the expectation that I can just wipe it off, uncap, and fill out paperwork, so it has to be tough to hold up. The pen shows a few minor scratches in the steel body from my keys, but one would have to look for them despite how much I have bounced it around. So far, this pen delivers well except for one problem. The cartridge is prone to become dislodged from all the bouncing around. This isn't a problem with the other, cheaper pens I have tried, though the nib usually has a sleeve that partially covers the cartridge and the pen is sized to help hold it in place on my cheaper pens. ...so if it doesn't fit, one must equip. I wound up taking a straw from Burger King, which is a slightly larger diameter than the common fast food drink straw, and it wound up being the perfect diameter to slip a cartridge into. This straw was cut into three pieces, and a cartridge was inserted into each end. With the pen assembled, I still had a small gap in between the carts so I took the wrapper of a hard candy and placed between the carts. Although it's a hack, it works well at holding the cartridges in place and it is invisible when in use. I would have preferred a built in cartridge retaining system though.
Cleaning: Since I have mostly used cartridge pens, I have developed a few techniques to properly clean them, including to fill the cartridges with water while in the shower and sling the water through the feed, rinsing the rest of the pen as I go. As expected, the pen seems to wash out with no real issues or surprises.
Overall, this pen seems to feel a little heavy and is well built. It looks at home in an office environment while still being able to take on the blue collar world. The price point is also hard to beat. However if they would put a sleeve on the nib to help retain the cartridges while in use, they would have the perfect pen without having to change the price point.