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  1. I am providing an initial review of the Majohn (aka Moonman) model T6 "City Light" fountain pen. The T6 is available in 6 versions, divided into 2 overlay styles. I am showing only the "City Light" overlay style here, but all 6 versions of the T6 have the same size, weight, shape, etc. I purchased the three T6 City Light fountain pens from an Ebay seller in China. I inked up the one with the clear acrylic, illustrated as the right-most of the three shown below and called the "Yu Ye." The amber acrylic one on the left is called the "Deng Huo," and the light blue acrylic one in the middle is called the "Mu Lan." The overlay is stainless steel ("SS"). The pen is a piston-filler and features an iridium-tipped SS nib that I purchased in a Medium width. The pen, full of ink, weighs 54g, and the cap contributes 22g to that total. The length capped is 5.625" and 5.25 uncapped. The cap does not post on the end of the barrel, which has the piston turner there. The piston is an internal piston, which turns very smoothly. I filled it with Diamine Ancient Copper ink, and it wrote immediately, but even better after I set it down for a few minutes to allow the collector and feed to do their work. The nib is firm without audible feedback and feels smooth on good paper. The pen lays down a western medium line. Here are more photos, the first three of which come from Majohn's own marketing materials. I was attracted by this pen because of its unique overlay. As a picture "is worth a thousand words," I won't belabor the point by "using my words" to describe it. Were it not for this unique and attractive overlay, I wouldn't have any particular interest in this pen, as there is nothing truly special about it otherwise. When writing with the pen, I can feel some of the somewhat "rougher" parts of the inside of the overlay on my thumb, but nothing is sharp or likely to cause cuts. Had this been a much more expensive pen, then there likely would have been more rounding/smoothness to the open areas. But at the price paid, I am more than satisfied. My initial impression, thus, is that this is a pen worth having for its unique appearance, but not for its writing characteristics. In my next post, I will tell you what I paid for each of these three pens.
  2. Shanghai Knife Dude

    Majohn M8 - Raden

    I bought it in 2009, when Majohn was still called Moonman. It was maybe the first try run of Majohn to reach a, relatively speaking, higher market. This pen was 20 dollars or higher. For some reason, this pen did not sell well (maybe a USD20 Moonman was too much for the market), and was discontinued shortly. The making of the body work is complicated, I paste it here: a glossy black acrylic barrel inlaid with flecks of purple imitation raden (abalone shell). It shines better than diamond. 100/10 Nib, a quality passec steel nib, rigid and smooth. 10/10 Filling, cartridge, boring but reliable, 10/10 Ergonomy, 18g with ink, approx 11mm in grip, as comfortable as the MB146. 10/10 Overall, this is a raden pen for USD20, which put other raden pen with price tag more than USD2000 into awkward situation of explaining their efficient costing structure and advanced pricing strategy.
  3. A lot of new pens out just now, but an interesting new pen is the Majohn N102, a combination fountain pen/pencil. I have one in black on order and hope to report on it soon. I was intrigued by it immediately because it harkens back to the combo pen/pencils of the classic fountain era. These combos have not been available for decades, to my knowledge, and I like the styling on Majohn’s version. Most of all, I’ve always been intrigued by odd filling systems, retracting fountain pens, and other innovative ‘gimmicks.’ This fits in that category and at the low price point, it’s definitely worth examining. If someone else doesn’t get to it first, I’ll report back when it arrives.
  4. I am not sure about the model name, maybe A1, but Majohn/Moonman has definitively released a metal Capless clone as seen in several video reviews on several Chinese websites. I'll post more photographs when I found some. It's so similar to the Capless, I wonder if it's produced under licence. The only difference I can spot is the middle ring that is a millimetre bigger, otherwise the Pilot internal module fit perfectly inside the Majohn body.
  5. VillersCotterets

    Majohn T5

    Apparently available in EF, F and M nibs. Four subtle barrel colours 🟥, 🟩, 🟦 and frosted ⬛. Piston and an ink window.
  6. From the album: Ink performance testing

    After a long soak:

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  7. A Smug Dill

    Five nominally #6 Chinese nibs

    From the album: Size and shape comparisons

    I didn't have a loose PenBBS nib handy at the time the photo was taken, but eyeballing one inside a transparent nib housing, its length is in-between that of the HongDian and the Moonman.

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