Youth 71 circa 1980's modded
Guang Zhou Youth Pen Factory is the full name of the manufacturer, and Youth is a rather famous and quality local pen manufacturer long standing since the 50's and for some fun though the brand name used is YOUTH its almost always referred to as the " Guang Zhou Youth " instead cause just using the term Youth Fountain Pen sound exactly the same as asking for a school kid school pen ( general term ) in the language. Another fun fact with vintage Youth pens is that they always include an ink window from the lowest end junior kid model to the top end model, and yet another is that instead of the classic Black / Dark Burgundy / Forest Green combo of colours Youth always had Black / Red / Grass Green and Teal as their colour options.
Youth 71 modded, on Flickr
And here's their long running model 71 which was cataloged early 1960's to mid 1990's .. Youth always had a reputation that they made just as good a pen as Hero and the model 71 is no different .. despite being a pen marketed towards junior school kids and sized more like a pocket pen to us ; it had features inherited from their more up market models .. the pen had the usual 4 colour options mentioned and just as their other models use an integral feed and a normal ( in this case sized no.4 ) open nib in a hooded section , the coupler is 1 single piece that fit into that section and had portion that the feed and nib friction fitted into and on the other end elongated to form the ink chamber with a small sac topped to act as sqeeze bulb for the aerometric filling mechanism. Initially the pen had very skinny sharply tapered plastic barrel , but this is replaced with now a brushed steel barrel from a Gui-Guan 310 ( a much later late 1990's up market pocket pen ) that makes it both aesthetically more pleasing but also functionally better balanced, and more robust
This petite pocket pen now comes out
weight 10.0g / 7.6g uncapped & without ink
length 112.7mm uncapped / 123mm capped / 130mm posted ( original barrel will be 10.5mm sorter unposted )
girth 9.65mm at barrel ( gold trim ring ) / 11.25mm at Cap band
Edited by Mech-for-i, 23 April 2020 - 21:15.