It is packaged in a wooden box with a bamboo scroll inside. Writing of some sort is engraved everywhere - on the outside of the box, under the lid, on the pen, on the scroll. It's quite the marketing spectacle. I wish I could read it, but alas, as an ABC, I didn't keep up very well with my written Chinese.
Let's cut to the chase. There's no sense in buying a pen that doesn't write. The Jinhao does so very well. It laid a wet, broad stroke as soon as I inked it and wiped off the excess. The nib is smooth, however I noticed some skipping early on, which became exacerbated as the converter dropped to about half filled. I initially chalked it up to my hand trying to find the sweet spot, but I rinsed the nib to change colors and refilled it. The pen seems to work fine now. I inked it with Noodler's Air-Corps Blue-Black, and wrote a small sample. You will notice a slight amount of line variation.
This thing is an ink guzzler. I had it filled about three quaters of the way initially, but after 1 days worth of playing around, I was already close to 1 half filled. If I ever took it to class, I would probably go through an entire converter within 2 days.
Being an undergraduate student, I value the utility of a pen most. This pen has a nice nib, but because of its weight, "bling" quality, and its propensity to use ink so quickly, it scores low on that characteristic. This will probably serve me as a desk pen or a signature pen - worth the $30 I paid for it, but mostly because it was birthday money and thus, "free".
Edited by secretasianman, 01 June 2008 - 05:18.