I bought a fake Sonnet knowing it to be fake from a fraudster in order that I could advise others on FPN about the differences between the real and the fake.
That is a laudable motivation
I ought to have expressed myself correctly in my first post - I am puzzled by people whose motivation to buy one is their hope of getting a usable fountain pen.
And especially by hankosaurus apparently wanting to buy one to try to use it, getting his fingers burned more than once, by differing failure-modes at that, and yet still wanting to go back for more.
If I were him, I’d consider my experiences to have proven that buying fake Sonnets is only a waste of money, and so I would stop giving my money to the criminals, and just enjoy using my Baoer 388.
A few years ago, as part of my own quest for ‘budget’ writing, I bought an inexpensive own-branded fountain pen from a High Street chain store here.
The pen fits nicely in my hand, is made of metal yet is still light in weight, takes ‘Short International’ cartridges, and I thought that it would make a good ‘every day carry’ pen that I could use without worrying about dings, scratches, or loss.
The one that I bought had a problem with its feed starving its nib, but another FPN member had found his example of the same pen to be reliable. I thought “ok, mine was just a dud” and decided that I would get another one. It was only a few £, so I was prepared to risk buying another one.
When my second example of the pen proved to suffer from the same problem as the first, I decided to try to futz with the nib/feed to try to fix the flow problem. I found that I could not disassemble the pen without destroying the grip-section and feed, and damaging its ‘Iridium Point Germany’ nib beyond repair.
Another ‘mark against it’ that I have only just recalled was that, when I put my Pelikan converter in to the pen, its barrel would not screw down fully-closed, but the last few mm of travel got blocked by the end of the converter. Which was as unexpected as it was annoying, because one could load one SIC in to the pen and also carry a spare inside the barrel. Worse though was the fact that the pen’s feed nipple widened the opening on the converter, meaning that it would no longer seal around the feed nipples of other pens, and therefore rendered it useless
I did consider buying another one of these pens in the hope of getting a ‘good’ one - but then I thought again.
By that point I would have sunk the price of three new (on eBay) Parker Vectors - or one-and-a-half LAMY Safaris - in to trying to get just one working example of that model of pen. When I already knew the model to not have the utility of either of those other ‘EDC’ pens.
The model remained on sale for a few years, and a very similar-looking one is still sold. Perhaps I was just ‘unlucky’, and happened to get two bad ones? And the pen was a legitimate ‘genuine’ product that was being sold by a well-known bricks-and-mortar High Street store (as opposed to a fake being sold over the internet by fraudsters). But I decided that my experiences with the first two had proven to me that trying to buy another just wasn’t worth it.