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Jinhao Dragon's Descendant in Pewter


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#1 secretasianman

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 05:18

The Dragon's Descendant in Pewter is a big and heavy, shiny hunk of metal - which is exactly what I was ordering. There is nothing subtle about this pen.

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.


Nib:
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.

Ink:
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.

Value:
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".

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Edited by secretasianman, 01 June 2008 - 05:18.


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Posted 01 June 2008 - 21:23

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 22:15

curiously that looks like the same dragon that old griz puts on his custom pens.

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Posted 02 June 2008 - 23:05

It's a pretty traditional representation of the celestial dragon.

It's about the same as the painting on which my website icon is based.
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