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  1. From the album: Chinese pens

    The PenBBS 308(-20SF light blue ‘Glaze’ demonstrator shown here) and Lingmo Lorelei 019 (with two of the green acrylic variants shown here) are more or less the same pen, and the parts are interchangeable. However, even though both models are fitted with nibs that are slightly upturned at the tip, they seem to write quite differently; and I like the Lorelei's nibs better for the line widths it puts down, even though the PenBBS nib itself seem to be of slightly better quality in terms of material and manufacture.

    © A Smug Dill

  2. As the title says, I am wondering if the sections of the two pens can be inter-changed. I otherwise quite like my 480 , but I don't like the sharp ridge at the (nib)end of the section, since I hold my pen quite low. I find the 308 design quite meh, and hence haven't bought one, but I am liking the shape of the section from online pictures. I don't mind paying the full price (currently about $15 odd at Beini's page for the suitable colorway) just for the section (and can harvest the nib also if better than my currently least liked penBBS nib). Can anyone who has both pens please try and let me know?
  3. I recently acquired a Hero 308 fountain pen and 10 Hero 616. These pens are very risky, they are both from the same company but one is comparatively more expensive (308) than the other (616) by about 30 times. I just wanted to show that cheap pens sometimes can outperform noticeably and can make for a better starter. The 308 has a very cool looking nib, it writes OK and feels very expensive. However upon inspection, not so good. The nib and feed on mine is noticeably misaligned. The tines on the nib aren't parallel, the right tine is slightly bending up. The cap loosened after a few weeks and I had to put stickers in the cap so that the body wouldn't fall out. The metal piece connecting the two pieces of the cap already lost its grip. The piece of steel on the tail of the pen isn't soldered at the right angle so its lopsided. However, it didn't fall apart yet. The 616 on the other hand varies extremely from pen to pen. The feed and actual nib on all 10 of mine are misaligned horribly, but can be fixed in seconds. The build is plastic, so extremely light, a good transition from ballpoints to FP. The squeeze converter contains about 2 ml of ink (a lot). The flow is excellent. But if you are going to get this pen, buy at least 5, I find only 2 or 3 in my collection of 616 that actually feels extremely smooth. So my point is. Maybe get several cheap pens like the 616 instead of investing on a nice display piece.

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