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Jinhao Black Bejing Olympic Torch
Posted 07 June 2008 - 19:01
I had heard some good things about Jinhao pens so I went to ebay and found a reliable seller (gotoschool888) who had this pen at a very reasonable price. I got it for $2.99 plus $7.99 for shipping from China. Not bad in my opinion. I was drawn to this pen because of its attractive look and history. Its the Bejing Olympic Torch Pen, and since this will be a historic olympics (and very controversial), I thought it added a nice effect. The seller had his account suspended right after I had made the purchase and I got concerned. A day or two later the seller emailed me and said not to worry, hes a reliable seller, hes just having some problems with his account, and my package had shipped. I got the package 6 days after it had shipped. That made me very happy, i expected it to take a lot longer. It came in this small, blue case, nothing special.
2. Appearance and Finish
When I opened the package up, there was a great looking pen. Its black (i think lacquer) and gold. On the clip is a flame and a blue stone. The pen looks shiny and pristine. This pen does not look like a $3 pen.
This pen is a little heavier and longer than most pens I use (Lamy 2K and Waterman Expert II). Its heavy and long, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. I don't post this pen because that makes the pen really long.
4. Nib Design and Performance
I'm still fairly new to fountain pens, so I don't consider myself a nib guru. I was expecting this to be a poor performing pen. The nib is excellent!!!! Its so buttery smooth! I love it. The seller called it Bold, but I'd consider it between a Fine and a Medium, which is perfect for me. I guess they have different nib widths in China. The pen seems to write neither dry or wet. The nib says 18 kt on it. Its mostly silver, with a gold dragon in the middle. The detail is very interesting. This pen will become one of my daily writers because of the nib. It far exceeds my expectations.
5. Filling System
The pen is a cartridge converter pen (converter is included). It functions well, like most standard converters.
I don't know what this pen sells for usually. Isellpens.com has the same model, but different colors for $27. For $3 this pen was a great value. I am extremely happy with the purchase.
This pen will probably become a daily writer for me. Its an amazing pen for the cost. I am extremely happy with the purchase.
If you have any other questions let me know.
Posted 07 June 2008 - 22:41
Yes, I sell this pen and it's suppose to come in special packaging of a light colored wood box. It's not a $3.00 pen and I can not even buy them near that cheap along with the high cost of importing.
Posted 08 June 2008 - 04:08
Posted 08 June 2008 - 04:34
Posted 08 June 2008 - 04:54
Not only is there a difference in the box (gotoschool888 uses generic little blue pen boxes) but in some cases there is a difference in the barrel and cap.
You gets what you pays for...
I have dealt with all three vendors, and will deal with all three again.
“Them as can do has to do for them as can’t.
And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”
Posted 24 December 2008 - 20:56
Posted 27 December 2008 - 19:28
Life is actually very simple, we just insist on making it complicated.