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  1. thewiccaman

    Jinhao 159 Orange

    (If I'm out of order posting another Jinhao 159 review so soon after the previous one, I do apologise and am happy for this to be moved/edited, etc as required) I just received my bright orange Jinhao 159 today. I had seen some quote positive things about this model here on FPN so thought I'd try one out. Less than £3, not much to lose. I have attached my review below - apologies for my still-not-improving-handwriting-even-with-all-the-fountain-pen-writing-I-am-doing so hope you can read it ok ... Just one take-away from the review to flag: the nib unit is too fat to fit the hole in the top of the 30ml Diamine bottle I wanted to use to fill the pen with Sherwood Green because why not orange and green!
  2. The Lamy Safari is arguably the most significant fountain pen currently in production. Its popularity is immense, and if you go to any thread even remotely about beginner pens you’ll see its name, or at least the name of its twin the Vista or older brothers the Al-Star or LX. Although it now has its rivals, the Pilot Metropolitan and, to a lesser extent, the TWSBI Eco, the Safari will always hold a special place in the fountain pen world, and was the first fountain pen for countless new enthusiasts. However, this popularity doesn’t bring only good effects. Like any popular pen, or popular item for that matter, the Safari has countless knockoffs. The most prevalent, other than straight-up counterfeit Safaris, are the Hero 359 and the Jinhao 599. There is a new pen emerging, however, and it is a closer replica to the Safari than ever before. The Yiren 566 is a near clone of the Safari in size, mass, and even nib and feed size and shape. (The nib on the 566 cannot be removed though, so sadly no nib swapping can occur). It even takes Lamy (and Parker) cartridges. So, here is a brief comparison of the Safari with this new knockoff and one of the older and most famous ones, the Jinhao 599. Lamy Safari: Pros: -It’s the original, the real thing. The pen comes with the reliability and ethos of an 80-some year-old German pen brand. -(For this specific pen) DARK LILAC!!! The best Safari Color in history, in my opinion, looks even better with its black clip and nib. -Everything feels a little bit smoother, and more refined, from the screwing in of the section to the polish on the nib. -Easy nib swapping with other Lamy Pens. Cons: -Money. The Safari costs $25 to the other pens’ $1-$2. -No convertor without added cost. Yiren 566 (The Newbie): Pros: -Cheap. Only $2. -Takes Lamy and Parker Cartridges. -Comes with a converter. -Clear Section looks great. -Pen is relatively attractive. (It’s no Dark Lilac, but I kind of like the “When a Pilot Kakuno and a Lamy Safari love each other very very much” vibe it has going. Neutral: Every dimension is an exact copy of the Safari. It is as close to the definition of a “clone” in terms of pen knockoffs as is possible. Cons: -No Nib Swapping. -Price goes up if you want shipping to take less than a month and a half. -Quality control/finish issues. The steel in the nib has some surface level scratches, the body has a tiny dent. The screwing out of the section feels friction-y and rough. Jinhao 599: Pros: -Cheapest of the three, only costs a dollar. -Takes a number five nib, meaning you can easily outfit the pen with a high-quality JOWO nib if you so desire. -Takes international cartridges. -Comes with a converter. -Jinhao has a little bit more brand ethos than Yiren, they generally don’t have too many quality control issues. Neutral: -Enough has changed that it feels like its own pen. It is obviously a Safari clone, but the completely different nib style, cartridge format, and slightly different weight gives it its own distinct feel. Cons: -The section screwing into the barrel is prone to cracking, and feels weaker than the other two. -Feels like cheaper plastic. -Very long shipping time. -Short international cartridges only make it halfway down the window. They sacrificed functionality for looking more like the original Safari. If you want my opinion on which one to buy, I'd honestly say all three. Why? The Safari, in my opinion, is a must-have pen. The knockoffs are great, great values for their price, but the Safari is just better. So, if you're looking to get a new Safari, get a Safari. The knockoffs together are cheaper than a Lamy convertor, so it wouldn't be the end of the world if you hated them. In conclusion, you should definitely try the knockoffs, but don't try to substitute them for the real thing.
  3. Some 5 years ago I bought two Jinhao pens with dragon motifs. I bought them mostly of curiosity, because of their garish looks I never really intended to use them much and I never did, though they both write very well. To the point. They came with converters, looking something like what you can see here: http://thumbs.picclick.com/00/s/MTAwMFg3NTA=/z/HTcAAOSw65FXq7oP/$/New-Jinhao-Grey-Gt-Flying-Dragon-Fountain-Pen-Converter-Fine-_57.jpg (found on Google) And here's my problem with these converters: they don't fit any other pens I have. I assumed they are standard international, as are my newer Jinhaos are recently bought (X450 and 500, which came with converters compatible with international standard, like eg. Waterman), but these two older ones won't take other any other converters, and the converters wont fit in any other pen, even other Jinhaos. I thought maybe it's a Parker standard, but no, they don't fit Parker pens. So, does anyone know what's the deal with these converters? Did Jinhao change their standard over recent years? Do they use different standard in different models? Or perhaps the pens and converters are fakes?
  4. Greetings fellow stationary nerds. I come to you from the far north, the land of Lego, pastries and wind power, with this, my first pen review. The subject in question, the Jinhao Y3. This is an interesting one, because I literally couldn't find anything resembling a review of this pen prior to my purchase, so it was a bit of a jump into nothingness, but it looked good and it was only about 8 bucks on Aliexpress. The pen came in the most luxurious and decadent cheap, gray, foam padded cardboard box, as with most pens of AX. Oh well, waddya expect. Appearance/Design: The pen is really a looker. Flat, and cylindrical in design with only few tasteful appointments. The cap features a black gloss laquer/paint and is made of brass as well a the body of the barrel. The outside of the barrel is covered in a machined piece of rosewood which really astonished me, because CITES has just this January banned the international trade and sale of all types of rosewood, since it is an endangered species (much to the dismay of musicians as myself, who enjoy rosewood used in musical instruments). It made it through customs, but I dont think I'll try my luck again. The clip is medium stiff, and very useable. The chrome appointments are very nicely done, and the branding is stamped very deeply into the metal, and looks great. The section is a matte metal finish and has the Jinhao chariot logo stamped into it. Again, very nice and tastefully done. Overall, I feel that the pen has a cool asian vibe to it. I like it. Oh, and it comes with a nice standard Jinhao converter. Length: Capped: 13,9 cm Uncapped: 12,4 cm (against a TWSBI ECO for scale) The weight (Take a load off Fanny) is a healthy 19g uncapped and a rather heavy 32g capped. This means that a lot of the weight is in the cap, and by far most of it is in the very heavy end cap beyond the clip, making it very unbalanced when using it posted. And very unsatisfyingly when posted it doesn't post all the way down to the chrome ring at the end, making it look pretty goofy (as seen above). Construction/Quality: All in all, I'm very impressed. No gaps to be found. The rosewood is beautiful. The clip is sturdy but not too hard. The gloss finish has no imperfections, and the cap sits securely when on, but is not a two man job to take off (like my X450). I have no complaints. Nib/Performance: The nib in this pen seems to be a #5, and it does indeed say "5" on the back of the feed, but I have no replacement nibs to try, so this is a guestimation. It is a nice glossy steel, and features the jinhao logo, but it also features a stamped "F", indicating, that this indeed is a fine nib. First time I've seen this on a Jinhao nib. It arrived reasonably smooth with a bit of feedback. A bit too much feedback to my tastes, so I smoothed it a bit, and now it has the perfect feel for me, which is just enough feedback, so I feel the connection with the page and it isn't slipping and sliding (yes, to me a nib can be too smooth). Not much in the way of line variation and flex, but just a tiny bit. Here the writing is compared to my much broader and wetter X450: Cost and Value: It's amazing what you can get for $8 with free world wide shipping. As with my other (but cheaper) Jinhaos, this pen is sure a kick above it's price range, and i don't regret the purchase one bit. Conclusion: It's just great. It's stylish, writes well, looks great, is relatively cheap, is stunning in appearance, is a bit of a naughty one because of the forbidden wood (no boner jokes please) and did I mention how good i think it looks? Has become one of my new daily note takers. - Haun
  5. visvamitra

    Jinhao 886 Short Review

    There is a huge number of Chinese fountain pen brands. Some have long history, others appeared in recent years. I believe Jinhao - a property of the Shanghai Qiangu Stationery Co., LTD - is relatively new. On the other hand in the West it became much more popular than Hero or Wing Sung - brands with decades of tradition. Jinhao produces a large number of pens that offer decent quality and are available in variety of finishes for reasonable price. Because of this Jinhao pens gain popularity and some people start to collect them. So far I had a lot of luck with Jinhao pens. I've tried more than twenty of them and had no problems with any of them. Jinhao 866 isn't maybe most popular Jinhao model, yet many people find it appealing due to it's shape and fun colors it's available in. I bought two of them - yellow and green. The pen looks like a bullet. Sort of. I'm not sure how to describe it accurately. To my eyes there's something wrong with proportions but most people enjoy this design. It's small size pen that can be easily kept in a pocket especially that the cap is screw on and stays on its place. Barrel and cap are made of lacquered metal. The cap comes out in two turns. It's small. It can be posted. The only thing that isn't well thought of construction-wise is use of plastic threads. With time they'll wear off but given pen's price, I don't mind. The grip section is quite comfortable. Nib (ZyCC Navy Blue) The pen comes with silver monotone nib that is labelled ‘Jinhao -18 KGP’. The nib writes western Medium. It feels smooth and the line is rather wet. On the other hand both nibs are incredibly stiff. Almost nail-like. There's nothing wrong with it, especially that they perform well but if you want your nibs to show some springiness, well, you'll be disappointed. Filling system Dimensions Capped - 122 mm Uncapped - 115 mm It's small well-weighted pen. Because it's made of metal, it's not too light. It feels well and comfortable in the hand. Compact and solid. Summary Overall it's cool, compact and solid fountain pen that can be purchased for less than 2 $. It feels nice in the hand, it performs well, it looks fun. At the price, there's no reason not to try them. If you have some glittering inks you may dedicate one or bunch of these to them.
  6. Hi New to the forum so I hope this is the right place to post my question. I have a Jinhao 159 pen which was bought as a present for me, it has an ink converter in it. It writes great and is a nice pen to use but after writing for a while it drys up and I have to open the pen and screw down the converter to get the flow again. I have to keep doing this at intervals, should I have to keep doing this? would cartridges be better? Is it a problem with the converter? If anyone has any ideas I would be grateful.
  7. visvamitra

    Jinhao 159 Short Review

    What can you expect from 4$ pen? A lot, it seems. Jinhao 159 is a huge and heavy pen. It’s not particularly nice and while it pays “homage” to MB149 there’s just no chance of mistaking the two. This model shows up commonly on fountain pen forums and is described as good choice for a fun fountain pen. I agree. The pen comes in variety of colorful finishes and usually performs well out of the box (or rather plastic sleeve). It has a solid feel and almost gargantuan size. This fountain pen can be easily used in self-defence or as a weapon of mass destruction. After some time of use and /or abuse first positive impression fadeas a little and some issues become apparent. There are some machining marks visible on the clip. Also metal threads on the section meet plastic threads on the cap and it’s usually not the greatest combination. All in all though for the price it’s very well made. Nib Jinhao 159 nib is almost as big as shovel and “embellished” with company’s logo. The nib is stainless steel and marked 18 kgp. I doubt it’s gold plated though. The good thing is this nib performs very well. It’s not the best steel nib that I uased but I think it writes smoothly and in a pleasant way. It gives wet line that could be described as solid european medium. I have never experienced any skipping ot hard starts (and during the years I had few of these pens). Filling system It’s cc fountain pen. It comes with converter that does it’s work well. I had no issues with it. I haven’t experienced any leaking from it. Summary While I’m not really partial to this pen aesthetics I must admit that for the price it’s hard to find better made pen that feels as solid and performs really well. Sure writing for long periods of time with such a big and heavy pen won’t be for everyone but it’s doable.
  8. Before buying a Montblanc 149, I would first like to try to exchange the nib in a Jinhao 159 for a finer one - and if available a 14K. In another thread I found the comment > Anyway, since I love steel JoWos, I'm thinking of getting one in gold and, perhaps perversely, setting it in a Jinhao 159 or 750. Did anybody of you do this already? With such a nib mentioned or with another nib? Did it work? After the exchange, still a VERY wet writer? Or would it be easier/cheaper to change it from M to F?Any links how this is done? Thank you
  9. Well... Today, my aunt flew from Beijing to Australia and brought with her the largest expansion to my collection,ever. I had asked for a Kaigelu 316,Hero 616 and a presentation case. A rather modest request,but boy oh boy,did she give more than that... I will be reviewing all 30ish of the items she bought for me today, in reasonable detail. Hers is a list of all the items: 5 Hero 616s (Parker 51 replica) 2 Wing Sung 233s (Sheaffer Triumph replica) 1 Wing Sung 380 1 Baoer unidentified model (Sheaffer Legacy replica but WITH A HOODED NIB?!?) 1 Jinhao 599 Hooded nib variant (Lamy Safari replica but WITH A HOODED NIB?!?) 1 Kaigelu 316 (Parker Duofold replica) 1 Hero 329 1 Hero (or was it Wing Sung?) 806 1 Rosewood presentation case for 50 pens 4 unidentified brand unidentified model pen cases for 1 pen 1 Wancher unidentified model pen case for 4 pens 1 Wancher unidentified model pen case for 1 pen 2 bottles of Hero 200 Blue-Black And, 14 unidentified brand unidentified model pen sleeves for 1 pen. Phew... So,let the reviews begin. Let's start with the Kaigelu. First impressions: 9/10 The first thing I felt was quality. The presentation is outstanding for a Chinese pen. And the celluloid is beautiful. Very high quality. I will have a picture of all items below. Looks and quality: 8.5/10 The 316 lost marks here. The end plastic jewel is slightly asymmetrical,and misaligned. I guess for such a cheap pen,I'll let I go,but that is a bit of a disappointment. Apart from that,all good. Practicality: 7/10 The converter felt low quality and cheap,and the cap takes 2.5 turns. Average practicality for a Chinese pen. Writing: 5/10 This is where things got bad. I inked it up with the Hero 200 ink and started writing. It was scratch and dry,so I pushed the pen a big and applied some pressure. This made ink spew everywhere and it was just really really really bad. It was decent in terms of smoothness,but it has feedback. Not please tell feedback,the annoying kind. Value: 8/10 Get this: $25 for a celluloid pen. That's all I have to say. With some work on the nib,it might write well,too! Now onto the Hero 616. I'll be trying 2 out of my 5 and doing separate reviews to see how much they vary. First impression: 8.5/10 The pen was very light with the cap off. Literally as light as your average pencil. Yet it still felt of decent quality,so I'm impressed. Practicality: 2/10 Irremovable sueeze converter. Need I say more? WORK IN PROGRESS
  10. So I posted this a few days ago on instagram but I figure I'd bring it here in case anyone might be interested. Forever ago I bought a cheap calligraphy pen. I think the actual pen itself was a cheap plastic and liked to leak ink out, and I didn't use it often, so it was unused and I lost it sometime between now and when I bought it. That was the Hero 5028 PolyPack from ebay(comes with 1.1, 1.5, and 1.9 stub calligraphy nibs) Now, the Jinhao 992 fits the replacement nibs. It took some wiggling to get them out of the old nib units but they fit like a glove into the Jinhao 992's, no wiggling, no extra space, perfect swap. They write great in the 992 body, too. https://www.instagram.com/p/BXZDDGklESF/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BXdnpSIlIB_/ Still haven't found a Medium or Bold nib that fits into the Jinhao 992, but the Hero 5028 polypacks are currently $4.99 on ebay, meaning you can get 3 replacement nibs for the Jinhao for $5 Has anyone found a Medium or Bold nib option for the Jinhao 992?
  11. NitroBobby

    Jinhao 159 - Review

    Having just received my new Jinhao 159 fountain pen, I thought I would share my experience with it! Looks, Fit & Finish: I have to admit that when I ordered this pen, my expections were quite low. How good can a chinese fountain pen be for only 11$ shipping included right? Well, it can be pretty good! Very nice looking black barrel with silver trims. I think this pen could have used a slightly bigger nib, but I'm being picky here. The nib doesn't look disproportionate or out of place. After a thorough inspection, I didn't see any apparent flaws in the finish or the various pieces. I didn't experience the sharp threads that I read about in another review either. This pen doesn't exactly feel luxurious, but it's without doubt a very well made pen, regardless of it's price tag. Here are some pictures of the 159 along with some other pens: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/36837501/FPs%20capped.JPG https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/36837501/FPs%20uncapped.JPG Writing Experience: First of all, let's make something clear. This is a big pen. Not big enough to use as a baseball bat, but it does feel substantial in both weight and size. I can see how the slightly tapered section could annoy some people, but I don't think it's tapered enough to make it slippery or awkward to hold. Of course, this depends on how you hold your pens. The pen has a nice balance, unless posted, where it becomes a little back heavy. The Jinhao international converter that came with the pen does feel a bit flimsy, but it doesn't leak and is absolutely usable. I might actually fit it into one of my pen that didn't come with one. I flushed the pen with soapy water before using it and loaded a cartridge of home blended Quink Black and Skrip Red with a touch of Waterman Blue. (For those interested, it gives a lovely dark cherry/purple with reddish accents) Now this is where I had the biggest surprise: This thing writes well! The tines are properly aligned as far as I can tell and there is no scratchiness at various angles. It's a very enjoyable pen to write with. It gives a standard "western" medium line. The flow is a bit on the wet side, but it's not a gusher by any means. Very similar to my M200 in terms of flow. The 159's nib is very stiff and it starts railroading pretty quickly if you apply pressure to spread the tines. I didn't experience any skipping while writing. I did have a few small false starts, but I blame the ink and the cheap notebook paper much more than the pen. The writing experience with this pen could be summed up this way: Nothing really exciting, but nothing negative either. Summary: Now I won't try to fool anyone into thinking this pen is better than 100+$ offerings. I doesn't have quite the same feel as my Carene or my M200 for example. But assuming the pen I have is representative of it's siblings, it's hard to match at this price range. A bit too heavy to carry around as a workhorse, but a very nice pen to leave around on the desk to doodle with. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! (Oh and, I made an effort but english isn't my native language so please forgive me if it's not perfect!)
  12. OK, so I got my Jinhao 992 work for a while and here's some answers : This following photo show the pen disassembled ; minus the converter ; the nib is in a sleeved unit that screw into the section with an O ring at the nib end, the section itself had an O ring at the part it meets the barrel too. The nib actually suppose to sit an indexed slot in that sleeve, hard to see in the photo but its molded into the the clear sleeve. I've tried, neither my Schmidt #5 nor the #6 nib fits. Nor Hero's common place 26 nib. I had not tried the slim #5 schmidt or Hero's leaf shaped 26 nib but I doubt they would fit since the normal #5 just will not sit tight there and a #6 is too wide. Until then might be its wise to stick with the stock nib. ED conversion is OK. I've done up the clear demonstrator with that and let it run for 2 weeks and so far its shown no leakage and no ink seeps into the end plug of the barrel either. After careful examination under a flashlight I come to the conclusion that either this plug is heat fused to the barrel or the barrel had this part done up in multi stage injection. This applied to the cap's finale also which sadly mean its impossible to disassemble the cap simply by screwing the finale off. I've tried all manner of tricks without breaking the cap and well it stay put .. so cleaning the cap if ink do seeps in might prove to be challenging.
  13. phillieskjk

    #5 Replacement Nibs

    I was looking to buy eleven number five loose nibs. Does anybody have a list of all the people who sell such nibs? Also, is there any way to get #5 JOWO nibs without the feed? Thanks, Phillieskjk
  14. Hello... I am considering swapping the nib of my Jinhao 159 with a Kanwrite one... either flex or broad. I know the Jinhao requires a size 6 nib, but I'm not sure if Kanwrite has the same numbering. What are your thoughts and advice?
  15. visvamitra

    Jinhao 992 Short Review

    Well, it seems people went crazy about this little chinese fountain pen. At the moment it’s most popular fountain pen on polish fountain pen board but it also gets some attention in other places. The reason is simple – it’s cheapest decently made demonstrator on the market. You can have one with shipment for 2 $ and that’s less than cup of coffee in most european countries. The Jinhao 922 is a clear demonstrator pen with chrome accents and simple design. I came to enjoy demonstartors more than all those flashy, swirly acrylic pens out there. Seeing the ink sloshing around inside the pen is a fun and this pen can be used safely as an eyedropper. The cap and body of the pen taper toward the finial and endcap. One touch that Jinhao included on this pen that I really like is that they put a rubber / plastic (I’m not sure what meterial was used) o-ring at the top of the barrel, just below the threads that the cap screws onto. The o-ring acts as a buffer and a seal between the cap and barrel. The cap on this pen is tight and lacks springiness. The threads are well-aligned and the cap screws onto the pen easily. On the other hand it unscrews easily as well. It only takes about one full twist to secure and the threads catch properly every time, without fail. The cap doesn’t post very securely. It’s a push-to-post kind of cap, I guess if you push gard enough it’ll sit on place but my personal preference is to use pens unposted. Maybe I try to post them too lightly? Nib The nib is small, I’d guess a standard #5 in size. It has a simple design etched around the inside edge, with the Jinhao name and nib size (F) imprinted in the center. The nib writes rather smoothly, however the one I got isn’t as wet as I expected it to be after reading enthusiastic comments of other people. Apart form this I don’t really have any complaints in that department. Jinhao nibs are more reliable out of box than Kaweco nibs and that is rather sad because Jinhao fountain pen usually costs a fraction of a Bock nib price. Filling system The pen is designed for use with Jinaho converters and cartridges.On the other hand short international cartridges seem to work well with it as well. Converter is included and perfectly functional. More interesting option though is to use this pen as an eyedropper. It’s well designed to be used this way – no metal elemets, o-ring between section and the barrel, long thread. I haven’t used silicon grease and after a week of walking, running, sitting with the pen in my pocket I haven’t experienced any leaking. Of course it’s better to use silicon grease but you don’t have to obsess about it. Dimensions 135 mm capped, weight approximately 15 g. This pen is too small for me and the section feels too narrow for my needs. Summary I see why this pen is becoming popular. Cheap, decently made demostrator with rather nice design appeal to me as well. Personally I find it a little to small for my taste but apart from that I think that for the price it’s excellent fountain pen.
  16. Hi all, I've recently rediscovered fountain pens. (I used them in middle school & high school in the late 60s and early 70s). I've acquired several fountain pens recently, including a Jinhao x450 which I love. (It reminds me of the Schaeffer No Nonsense pens I used to use - wish I could post it though). Being a left handed underwriter, I tend to prefer pens with fine or finer nibs. I can use medium nibs but I would not want to go any wider than the x450. (Not interested in italic nibs as they can be problematic for lefties. Too many memories about the problems I had in my early school years with smearing and failing printing/penmanship when I was a sidewriter!) Looking on ebay, it seems that all the fine nibbed Jinhaos are semihooded (which I strongly dislike). Does anyone know if they are any fine nibbed JinHaos that aren't semihooded? As well, I'd like some suggestions for which other models of Jinhao to consider. I understand from reading that the x750 is probably an even wider nib that the x450 so I'd probably avoid it. Models that are colourful or have interesting finishes are especially desirable. (I find basic black pen bodies boring.) I realize nibs can be replaced but as a newbie, I'm not ready for that (yet).
  17. First post because I actually have something interesting to share. I've always liked the Jinhao 599 demonstrators. I admit they're not durable and they have that entirely useless hole for checking the ink level/color, but they write decently and they're cheap, which is exactly what a student needs. Today I received 2 of them from eBay ($2 each, listing no longer available) and immediately noticed that the feed was transparent (I forgot to take a picture, sorry). This has never happened to me before; I have owned several previously and the feed was always black. When filled with ink, the feed is both visually appealing, and it clearly tells you what color your ink is (when it's just in the converter, it can be very hard to tell the difference between, say, blue-black, black, and brown). I think it's awesome! Here are some pictures with Waterman's Absolute Brown and Inspired Blue (please excuse the bad quality, the colors are more vibrant IRL). As you can see, the cap piece is still black, hiding the nib itself. Anyone else got one of these? Has Jinhao updated their design? P.S. I also think the thread spacing on the provided converted has been increased.
  18. OK, so I receive my cache of my recent order, and my usual retailer had an offer so good that I simply cannot refuse. Long story shory, I had now in my procession 9 pieces of Jinhao 922, including all 6 variant of the demonstrator, and the Ivory and Gunmetal Grey. I had just been off work, and heading home to check them off. So while at it, what kind of info, test, etc etc .. what would you guys like to know about this particular model. Fire it off and I'll try my best.
  19. ignore this one, somehow my browser keep doing this to me, double posting ... ah...... OK, so I receive my cache of my recent order, and my usual retailer had an offer so good that I simply cannot refuse. Long story shory, I had now in my procession 9 pieces of Jinhao 922, including all 6 variant of the demonstrator, and the Ivory and Gunmetal Grey. I had just been off work, and heading home to check them off. So while at it, what kind of info, test, etc etc .. what would you guys like to know about this particular model. Fire it off and I'll try my best.
  20. Just got the Jinhao 301 because of the way it looks sort of like a Parker 51. Here is a link. Any experiences with it? Thank in advance!
  21. PEN REVIEW - JINHAO 156 This review is probably late for a a pen which i procured 3 months back. I bought this pen the moment i took a look at it. It looks fabulous as you can see from the image below. Its a beautiful looking shiny silver chrome plated metal pen with a slim and slender profile. Design : The pen is quite sleek which is rounded at the bottom and the cap is fitted with metal clip which is finished in the matte silver finish. The pen comes in two finished stainless steel finish and black shiny finish. The grip section is finished in the matte sliver finish with the rings engraved. The pen operates via a converter filling mechanism which is sub standard in quality. The center-band (bottom of the cap) is finished in matte silver finish which displays the name of the brand and pen. The cap comes with the good spring clip and inner cap lining which is made out of cheep plastic and came out once or twice which then i had to glue to the cap. The silver stainless steel finish is easily prone to smudges but still looks amazing. The balance of pen is not that well when we post the cap, however it feels very amazing when writing without the cap. Fits my small hands perfectly. It will be good for people with small hands and actually lot of ladies will like the pen for size and looks. JInhao 156 – Broken DownNib: The nib is steel M, marked 18 KGP comes with beautiful carving. Its monotone silver finish. The nib however is a disappointment when it comes to writing. It did not glide through like my other Jinhao pens, rather i had to apply some pressure to write. Even after some fine tuning i was not happy with the performance of a nib. Feed is made of the plastic. Pros: Great Stainless Steel Finish Sleek and Slender Low CostCons: Poor inner lining plastic cap Bad Nib Cheap quality converterBelow is my hand written review in detail for further reference. Bottom line: I will not recommend buying it.
  22. Cyclopentadiene

    Jinhao 159 - Long Term Review

    Hi all, I've had quite a lot of time free at the moment and so have finally got around to making my first review - of the Jinhao 159 pen. It's a pen that has been reviewed before, but as I've been using the pen for over a year now thought it good to share some of my experiences. And so... Introduction: After failing to find a Montblanc 149 at a price I could afford I decided to try to look for alternatives, allowing me to try out the apporximate feel of the giant without leaving such a hole in my wallet. Many brilliant reviews pointed me the way of the Jinhao 159 and so after finding a reputable looking seller on that online auction site I purchased one from china for £7 (a rather handy sum as it's below the value on which import goods are taxed entering the UK). Around two weeks later the pen arrived in red corrugated cardboard box. Not a brilliant nor beautiful box box but considering the price rag, very welcome. Opening the box by lifting the lid reveals the pen... (the box has disappeared into the ether so unfortunately can't photo it!) Appearance and design (6/10): The Jinhao 159 is a large black cigar sharped pen with chrome accents. The pen is styled after the already mentioned Montblanc 149. The clip is steel and is chrome plated. It caries the somewhat gaudy Jinhao Chariot motif in a shield. The cap band is a single ring of what feels to be plastic. Jinhao on one side... 159 on the other... The nib is large and attractive and displays the same chariot design as the of the clip albeit in a more tasteful fashion. The size, shape and overall appearance of the nib fits well with the design of the pen. The black finish leans more towards gloss and is well presented. I've had the pen for over a year now and despite trips out and about without a pen case I can tell of no scratches or rub wear degrading the finish. At the end of the pen there's a faux blind cap ring highlighted by a chrome ring. Construction and quality (7/10): The pen has an excellent feel in the hand. The pen is fairly heavy although I don't have any scales with me for reference. Uncapped it is a tad lighter than that of my Sheaffer Legacy Heritage. This weight largely comes from the inner brass construction of the barrel which gives it a nice heft. The fit and finish of the pen is acceptable for the price point. The barrels brass components could practically be used as a club, they seem so sturdy, but the plastic fittings at the cartridge/converter mechanism feel a little flimsy. As previously mentioned I have had the pen for over a year and haven't found any wear to the finish of the pen, wether it be at the chrome or black lacquer. Weight/Dimensions (9/10): The pens measurements are below. For comparison I've also stated those of its expensive basis the 149, gathered from Richard Binders site (a most useful and otherwise brilliant site). MB149: Length Posted; 170mm Length Capped; 149mm Length Uncapped; 133mm Barrel Diameter; 15.2 mm Jinhao 159: Catagories as above; 164mm, 148mm, 128mm, 150mm I've tried writing posted only a few times with this pen, due to its large size I find posting makes it a little clumsy, but the cap posts securely without seeming to mar the finish. As a note the cap is rather heavy and as such moves the balance rather far back when writing. Nib and Performance (7/10): One of the things that initially attracted me to the pen apart from the size was that it was advertised as available (only as far as I'm aware) with a broad nib. The nib I received performs to my mind as a wet, smooth Medium nib. This of course is a welcome change from the vast majority of chinese budget pens bieng available with fine/extra fine nibs. I was surprised on receiving the pen how well it wrote and am still surprised how well it writes today. Line width is constant with minor variation possible if pushed hard. The nib is labelled 18K GP. I believe I heard on a video review that it has been tested and found incorrect. Regardless the steel nib performs reasonably well and has plenty of tipping material if you're partial to tinkering. The nib performs well on a variety of different papers from regular copier/inkjet stuff to Rhodia and G.Lalo. Good nib for a cheap pen. I'm lead to believe these nibs are friction fit and as such should be easy to clean out, I however just just usually soak the section etc. Filling system and Maintenance (5/10): Filling is by the boring c/c filler mechanism. I got a converter included with mine on purchase. Frankly the converter is actually quite good. Also fits waterman pens as well. The converter is branded Jinhao - again with the ubiquitous chariot logo. I don't have a measuring cylinder with me at the moment but I believe the capacity to be around 0.8ml. Cost and Value (10/10): As mentioned earlier I paid £7 for the pen shipped last year off of eBay. It's damn good value for a 149 mimmic. In fact it's the best value pen I own. I've other cheap chinese pens by Jinhao and Hero but they tend to have significant issues that I won't go into for this review. Conclusion (44/:60) 7.3 When purchasing I expected a well sized pen with an OK nib. In fact it is an excellent tool that I now incorporate into the rotation of pens I take out and about. The nibs are attractive, nice and wet. The pen is well balanced and fairly well built and costs shipped less that a round of drinks (considerable less actually...). My only concern with recommending the pen is that Quality control has been highlighted as an issue. I've heard reports of bad nibs, rubbish feeds and cracking inner caps. Maybe I got lucky but my advice would be to give one a go. If it doesn't cut it as a pen you can use it as a truncheon!
  23. Hello all. Yiren Bookworm and jinhao 675 are basically the same pen. Or are they? The Yiren is 4 or 5 times the price of the jinhao. Is there any reason for that? Just seller choice, or is there actually a difference in the martial used to make the pen. I understand Yiren claims to use celluloid. Does jinhao clarion the same? Is that really celluloid? Is jinhao not? Hope to hear from you all. I have a Yiren Bookworm coming my way so want to know where it stands.
  24. I hope this is the right place. There is a seller on Amazon that is selling cheap Chinese converters as Schmidt universals. When the converter arrived, it didn't look like any Schmidt converter I own. It was green and looked suspiciously like every single converter in a Jinhao or Hero pen. I tried the converter in my KarasKustom: It did not fit. It slipped right out. I tried the converter in my Faber-Castell Loom: it slipped right out of that too. Despite being advertised as a Schmidt on Amazon, when it arrived, the seller's packing slip further identified it as Schmidt bluRAFIA. Research on the seller's website said it was a Chinese converter made by a German company. Huh?? It's a Chinese (probably Jinhao) converter masquerading as a Schmidt.
  25. FilthyFrank

    Jinhao 126 Broken Nib?

    Hey, I just got my Jinhao 126 from Amazon today and it's writing fine but I've got a problem. I'm not sure if this is normal, but there's a space between the nib itself and the hood of the nib. It's really enough to bother me, and when I write, I can feel the nib going up and tapping the hood. Does anybody have one and know if this is normal? Any pictures would be greatly appreciated. I've added a picture of my nib, hopefully you guys can see it. Btw other than that gap, the nib is absolutely amazing and so is the pen overall.

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