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Hello all! So I ran across this pen at Daiso in Korea for 3,000 won. (about $2.50) It looked interesting, and came with cartridges, two nibs (f open & ef covered) and a converter. It looked pretty interesting, like a Lamy Safari knockoff, so I picked it up.

 

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The nib seems really nice, but I can't for the life of me figure out what brand it is. The only markings are imprints that say "point&line" on the clip and the nib. I've never heard of a fountain pen brand with that name. I'm not an expert, though, just a casual user.

 

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Direct comparison with Lamy Safari. The Safari lid is a lot heavier, and the body of the Daiso pen feels cheaper even though it's the same weight with the cap off. But that's expected, considering. Not pictured, but the converter is almost exactly the same as the Lamy converter.

 

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The nib

 

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Lines 1 & 3 are the Daiso pen F nib with the native ink cartrige (which I hated) and then with Waterman ink.

Line 2 is Preppy w/ cartrige

Line 4 is Lamy Safari with Waterman ink in F

Line 5 is Hero 170a gold nib in EF

 

This nib is crazy smooth -- smoother than my Lamy or my Preppy. And with a decent ink, it laid down a nice fine line.

 

I really like the pen, considering the price, but I'm really curious as to who made it. Anyone have any ideas?

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well the package had a clue, it said 2.6mm Cartridge ... and 2.6mm is a Hero cartridge standard and used by pretty much each and every current Chinese fountain pen Mfr. judging from the appearance its likely one OEM by the like of Jinhao or Laoshi or any of such. being a branded product only the shop itself will know exactly the specific Mfr and source but its OEM from China alright, and the hooded EF nib a dead giveaway

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well the package had a clue, it said 2.6mm Cartridge ... and 2.6mm is a Hero cartridge standard and used by pretty much each and every current Chinese fountain pen Mfr. judging from the appearance its likely one OEM by the like of Jinhao or Laoshi or any of such. being a branded product only the shop itself will know exactly the specific Mfr and source but its OEM from China alright, and the hooded EF nib a dead giveaway

 

Well, that's the quality knowledge I expect from you guys! I figured it was Chinese, considering that almost everything in Daiso is made in China. Daiso Japan has sourced from Jinhao before, I think. It's not concrete, since Daiso Japan and Daiso Korea usually carry different products, but it's probably Jinhao then?

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Hero makes a Safari clone.

If like Levies jeans, made with slave labor.

 

I toured the Lamy factory some 5 years ago.....no slave labor.........the normal German 6 weeks of paid vacation, no sick hours to hoard.....skilled workers being paid a good living wage. High tec mass production. Good quality for the price.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

RIP...200's once great nib, now a double ball.:crybaby::wallbash:

 

The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.

 

 

 

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