To FP Enthusiasts,
Before I begin in reviewing this piece of writing instrument. I would like to apologize beforehand for anyone offended since this review is covering a product which is a straight knock-off of the Parker 45 pen.
Although I really wish this pen was sent for free for me to review, sadly it wasn't to be. I bought this pen with my own money, yes , my money from my hard work not stealing, trust me. Perhaps on another day.
So to begin with, Moonman is actually a brand that is quite new to me especially earlier this year / end of last year. The M2 was their "lift-off" product that propels their brand name to higher grounds and ever since then people are always on the lookout for their product releases including the M3, M5 ,80 and recently the 80S along with the Mini. This pen I see is an effort from Moonman in continuing their streak, there have been many positive reviews of their past pens.
I bought this pen from a quite well known Chinese pen seller in Feebay for under $10 without shipping and I thought this was a damn good price. For a while I was hoping that some Chinese company could take inspiration from the Parker 45 without the silver cap and Voila! Suddenly the Moonman 80S came out with the same cap-barrel color and material. I had no hesitation on buying it at the time and flies away it goes, the money on my wallet.
The Review :
For the packaging, I am quite impressed for a pen under $10, solid black box with silver font and a rubber band to keep the pen inside, Jinhaos usually does not come with a box for the similar price point
Here are some thoughts which is basically a summary of the pen :
The Objective Points:
- Comes with a box
- Snap cap and can be posted
- Basically, a knock off of Parker 45
- C/C type of pen
- Hooded nib, seller listed it as Fine
- Three color options : Black, Lake Blue, Dark Blue
- Slightly smaller than a Pilot Metropolitan when capped, but slightly longer when uncapped than the Pilot Metropolitan
The Subjective Points
+ Cheap! Especially for a Parker inspired design
+ Quite well built, I have a WS that is pricier than this but seems like the parts would crumble if I did not treat it with care. This pen doesn't, it feels quite hefty
- The clip material looks very cheap though
+ No sharp edges on the pen I received, very acceptable finishing. The reason I put this on the subjective point is that others may have poor finishing quality.
+ Very sleek design and understated due to not using a silver cap
+ Love the design on this type of hooded nib rather than the Parker 51 (and other pen inspired by it), reveals more than the nib on the WS 601/618 or Parker 51
+ I have medium hands and I could say that this pen is in the comfortable length and size for me
- There is a little bit of alignment required when you want to post the pen, if it is not aligned then you'll feel like it is not able to post
- The writing experience was underwhelming, very dry. I put R&K Leipziger Schwarz initially and did not like them and proceed in putting the Noodler's Black. Somehow the lines written became like a thin brownish color? I feel this is due to the dryness of the pen that it restricts the flow of the ink
- Those pesky sweet spot!
+ I would say the Fine in this nib writes more to a Japanese Fine rather than a Western Fine, and that is a plus for me
All in all, until I did a writing sample on this pen, I was very excited. It checks a lot of requirements I need, stylish and sleek, available in black, writes in Japanese fine lines, snap cap and a cool nib design. However the writing experience hits me so hard, I tried flushing it with water to no luck so I guess it's just the character of the pen.
I will try other inks though since I really want to carry this pen as an EDC and hopefully one of my inks can work better with this pen.
Hope this review is helpful in even the smallest of ways and below is a little bit of writing sample as a parting image of this review