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Kaigelu #316 Grey/Amber review


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#1 declanh

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 21:02

Hope the handwriting is legible....

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Overall im pretty pleased with this pen with the only proviso that im not that keen on the screw thread for the cap. Perhaps this will get smoother over time.
Cant fault this for the money (32 usd +postage)





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#2 lovemy51

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:12

thanx for the review declanh,

the gold on the nib looks pretty even... i have a defferent model and mine has the gold plating all over the nib!!!!

mine is a good writer when it starts, and that's another thing, the nib dryes very quickly in a day or two of sitting around.

i wouldn't buy another Kaigelu, but i'm glad you are enjoying yours
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 13:38

I have found this to be a pretty good pen for the money. I, too, am not sure that I would buy another one, but the one that I have gets some use.
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#4 declanh

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 17:08

quick update on this after a few days use.
I changed the ink in this pen a few times just to experiment with different inks.
Having now tried
Diamine imperial purple, Diamine woodland green and diamine saddle brown ive noticed a bit of a problem with this pen.
When you write with this pen after a period of time it starts to get dryer and dryer until it eventually dries up completely.
This happened with both the brown and the green, dont know i wrote for long enough with the purple to be sure.

This can be temporarily "fixed" by giving the converter a turn and all is well for another page or two till it dries up again.

Ive swapped out the converter with a waterman converter that i had spare to see if it helps.
Anyone ever seen this issue before.


Update on the "scratchy" thread on the cap - this appears to be getting better with use.

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 13:09

QUOTE (declanh @ Jul 11 2008, 06:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
quick update on this after a few days use.
I changed the ink in this pen a few times just to experiment with different inks.
Having now tried
Diamine imperial purple, Diamine woodland green and diamine saddle brown ive noticed a bit of a problem with this pen.
When you write with this pen after a period of time it starts to get dryer and dryer until it eventually dries up completely.
This happened with both the brown and the green, dont know i wrote for long enough with the purple to be sure.

This can be temporarily "fixed" by giving the converter a turn and all is well for another page or two till it dries up again.

Ive swapped out the converter with a waterman converter that i had spare to see if it helps.
Anyone ever seen this issue before.


Update on the "scratchy" thread on the cap - this appears to be getting better with use.


It may be the ink - I have a pen that doesnt like Diamine ink - it is dry and as you said just stops writing after a while but it doesnt have the same problem with a Rotring cartridge. Give it a good flush to get rid of the Diamine and then try another make - hope it works out.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 22:53

I've never had a flow problem with any of the private reserves- sometimes quite the opposite. Not all pens like all inks.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 12:24

I've had the problem with a Jinhao.
Does the convertor have a spring/ball or something similar in it to break the surface tension at the base? My Jinhao hasn't and it displays exactly the symptoms you're describing.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 01:05

QUOTE (richardandtracy @ Jul 16 2008, 01:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've had the problem with a Jinhao.
Does the convertor have a spring/ball or something similar in it to break the surface tension at the base? My Jinhao hasn't and it displays exactly the symptoms you're describing.

Regards

Richard.

Nope, no spring or ball. Neither has the waterman converter i tried too which seemed to exhibit the same problem.
Ive been advised (by PM) that someone else has the same the problem and it goes away with cartridges.
I will try that next - thought I would prefer to use bottled ink.



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Posted 17 July 2008 - 04:05

Mine seems to have a bit of a flow problem. I've flushed it with the dilute diswashing liquid and that helped a bit. I still have to give it a few wrist flicks to keep the ink flowing after a while. I guess before the next refill I will try flushing it with dilute ammonia. It acts like the ink is hanging up in the converter.

Other wise a nice pen although I wish they had left the brass plug off the end. The pen does not have to be that heavy.


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Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:37

my kaigelu works best with Swisher midnight black and Skrip black!!... but still dries up!!

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 15:36

QUOTE (declanh @ Jul 16 2008, 09:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nope, no spring or ball. Neither has the waterman converter i tried too which seemed to exhibit the same problem.
Ive been advised (by PM) that someone else has the same the problem and it goes away with cartridges.
I will try that next - thought I would prefer to use bottled ink.


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Posted 26 July 2008 - 05:08

Update.

After the washout with dishsoap and three fillings and writing out of the converter mine has stabilized and is flowing well with out any problems.


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Posted 27 July 2008 - 05:20

QUOTE (RLTodd @ Jul 25 2008, 10:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Update.

After the washout with dishsoap and three fillings and writing out of the converter mine has stabilized and is flowing well with out any problems.



I too have a kaiglu and had to remove the nib and feed and give it all a good washing to get it flowing again. It would only write with the ink in the nib and feed and than stop writing. It all worked out in the end and its a very nice writer now.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 06:26

i'm happy to report that my Kaigelu's point has lost all the gold plating. i'm glad because it looked very ugly the way it came... the plating was all over.

anyone else had same thing happened to it? that is, the plating coming off?






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