And now to the pen, itself:
The design is based on the 1911 cigar shaped pens, with examples of the Oracle bone script on the cap, and the Bronze script on the body of the pen. The Oracle bone script is the earliest known chinese script, dating back 4800 years. The writing is etched into the silver of the pen, so it certainly won't rub off with normal use. The overall effect of the black writing on shiny silver is quite striking, though if I were designing the pen there would be a little less blank space around the clip, on the cap: a quibble, really.
The pen itself is nicely sized, if a little heavy. Its body is much the same size as a Sailor 1911, however the cap is thicker and larger than the 1911's. It's one I'd definitely set aside the cap for, rather than posting it, even though it posts securely enough. I'd be worrying about scratching up the silverware.
Now to the nib: the nib on mine is a naginata togi medium fine. The nib is based on an old design, specifically for writing Kanji and provides some attractive variation. It's not too bad for western characters either, in my view. The line width gets much broader at low writing angles, but for my hand, the nib is pretty close to the designated MF (writing sample below).
A little bit of nib shunga for you:
The curvature of the blade-shaped tipping material changes along the nib, providing the variation in width characteristic of this nib.
The filling system is Sailor's proprietary cartridges, or the Sailer converter. It would be nice to have had a piston fill on this pen, but there you have it.
If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it (or you don't want it badly enough). I had to ask the price, but the pen shop had lay-by available (lay-away to all the Americans out there). Lay-by is a good way to go, because it's not immediate gratification with a hangover as with a credit card. Paying for a pen over time also has the effect of reducing the effect of other temptation, having a bill to pay before getting the pen.
The Hanzi is a very nice limited edition pen, with an interesting design from the cultural point of view, and a beautifully smooth nib made by one of the master craftsmen of the fountain pen world.
(FPNer alexanderino sold me this pen, BTW )
Edited by troglokev, 18 December 2008 - 10:22.