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#1 OldGriz

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 17:49

Kaigelu 316

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Appearance 5/5
The pen is an orange, black and pearl acrylic that is very stunning. When turned in bright light there are definite undertone sparkles
The trim is gold and well done without being overdone...
All in all a very nice looking pen...

Design 3/5
This pen is about the size of a modern Parker Duofold and also looks like one without an arrow clip.
It is a heavy pen, most likely built on a brass tube for strength... but very well balanced.
The pen IS NOT made to be posted, at least IMO. The cap barely fits the black endcap when trying to post. On top of that the pen becomes too long, unbalanced and uncomfortable to hold.
Overall, it is typical in manufacture of most Chinese pens having a brass tube, but IMO better made than a lot I have seen...
Rating is based on excessive weight for me...

Nib 4/5
The pen sports a 2 tone steel nib that is marked with the makers name and a rather stylized kangaroo... it is marked as a medium
I would say the nib writes somewhere between a fine and medium but closer to the upper edge... it is also remarkably smooth for the price of the pen...
I did not have to do a think to the nib.

Filling System 4/5
The filling system is the cartridge/converter. However, the converter is a screw in converter instead of the standar push type... to me this is definitely a plus that gets one more point in the rating...

Cost and Value 5/5
I believe this pen generally sells in the $30 range... and I have to definitely say this is a big bargain.
I am generally not a big fan of Chinese pens, having seen too many that did not rate the cost. However, this pen is a winner
I would not have bought this pen if it were not for the deal I fell into...
Someone on Pentrace advertised this pen NIB for the price of shipping... YUP, I bought it for a total of $6.00 for the Priority Mail shipping...
But even if I had bought this pen for full price, it is a fantastic value if you like a heavier pen...

Conclusion 21/25
I purchased this pen to give my 10 yr daughter for Christmas and she absolutely loves it....
She has not really developed a difference feel for heavy or light pens yet and writes with them all...
But I have to say, that I am highly impressed with this pen.... and if I liked heavy pens would not hesitate to buy another...
The pictures of the pen are from www.isellpens.com and the writing sample is mine
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 15:12

Thanks for the review. I got the 336 for Christmas and it is a very smooth writing pen. It's a bit more wet than I would like though.

Edited by dashreeve, 27 December 2008 - 15:13.


#3 lovemy51

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 06:52

hi tom. thanx for the review. it has been noticed that the gold plating on these two tone nibs is applied unevenly on these pens. how is yours?

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 07:07

Nice review. I own the pen as well, though I went ahead and paid full price from Todd at ISellPens. You are right on the weight and posting. Without trying to post the cap, I find I write well enough with the pen to be happy for the price. If nothing else, it's a nice pen to look at. I have mine inked with Lexington Gray.



QUOTE (lovemy51 @ Dec 27 2008, 11:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hi tom. thanx for the review. it has been noticed that the gold plating on these two tone nibs is applied unevenly on these pens. how is yours?



I don't know about Tom's pen, obviously, but the 316 gray/amber I have has the plating applied pretty much precisely where it needs to be. I haven't peered at it through a loupe, but to the naked eye, it's right on.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 20:19

Thanks or the review Old Griz!
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 05:56

QUOTE (kiavonne @ Dec 27 2008, 11:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't know about Tom's pen, obviously, but the 316 gray/amber I have has the plating applied pretty much precisely where it needs to be. I haven't peered at it through a loupe, but to the naked eye, it's right on.


thanx kiavonne!!

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 19:34

Yeah, thanks Kiavonne.... you know what I mean! wink.gif

I'm pleased to say that I now have a Kaigelu 316 and I'm delighted with it. I agree entirely with OldGriz's review. smile.gif






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