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I saw many reviews saying that penbbs 456 is a really really good pen, but for that price, I can get two penbbs 480s here in china. Is one pennbs 456 equal to 2 penbbs 480? I also thought of maybe buying the pen with two nibs called penbbs 469, also around the price of 456, but cheaper. I own a platinum preppy and a pilot penmanship. Which one should I get? Thanks!

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Also, gonna be buying a bunch of number 6 nibs from different chinese brands. They make a lot of pretty good and cheap ones out there, so I am leaning more onto 2 penbbs 480 or a penbbs 469. This is so I can try them a lot.

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Wow, I remember you from some days ago, still excited on your pen journey 👌 good to see!

 

I'd say keep the Preppy as a highlighter if you take notes, or as a pen to take outside. If you misplace it, at least it's replaceable, and having 2-3 good pens helps rotating inks at home. Did you find an ink you like since last thread? What about writing? It's hard to give advice without knowing your next project.

 

On both BBS pens, I don't like the half clear design of the 469, if you use lots of colored ink it may look nice tho. Does the forum (penbbs.com) has extra info on how they perform? I don't know much on Chinese pens, but they made a name in the hobby.

Always looking for new ways to downsize my collection.

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I have 2 456s and a 469. I don’t have a 480 but I can say that they all use the same nib (fine or medium) and feed so the writing experience should be similar. The shape and the weight is more relevant to your writing experience. 
 

Note that 456 is a vacuum filler and may be a bit more difficult to clean. 480 should be easier to clean as it is a cc. 469 is not for everyone but it has the advantage of having both a medium and a fine nib. I can say that I like the medium nib. You can also buy nib units separately. 
 

One more thing. If you want to swap nibs I suggest you buy a parts pack. You will get feeds and collars and it is easier to new nib units than swap nibs. 

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I have the 308 in Cedar finish.  A beautiful pen that writes a clean fine line.

 

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Thanks for the pictures. These nibs look nice. Wish there would be some #6 nibs like this.

 

Regarding the PenBBS pens. I bought two. With one (268?), the section cracked after using it for a few days. The other one (456) doesn't suck ink in after short usage. I didn't get any answer when I contacted them via Instagram. So, my advice: there are other makers with better pens for less money (Hongdian e.g.). Their steel nibs are a dream. If I give away (sell) all my Chinese pens, the Hongdians are the ones which I would keep. I might make an exception for the Jinhao 85, they are also extraordinary.

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23 hours ago, mke said:

@IJKWS

Thanks for the pictures. These nibs look nice. Wish there would be some #6 nibs like this.

 

Regarding the PenBBS pens. I bought two. With one (268?), the section cracked after using it for a few days. The other one (456) doesn't suck ink in after short usage. I didn't get any answer when I contacted them via Instagram. So, my advice: there are other makers with better pens for less money (Hongdian e.g.). Their steel nibs are a dream. If I give away (sell) all my Chinese pens, the Hongdians are the ones which I would keep. I might make an exception for the Jinhao 85, they are also extraordinary.

Oh, thank you, where did you buy them?

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On 6/17/2021 at 11:23 AM, IJKWS said:

What about this?

the PENBBS 14k nibs.

No.10 and No.11 nib

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Lovely nibs. What are the dimensions of no 10 and no 11? 

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4 minutes ago, hari317 said:

Lovely nibs. What are the dimensions of no 10 and no 11? 

I don't know.

Mr.Su showed some pictures of billet 2 months ago. What I only know is they produced it  successfully after three or four attempts, several days ago.

 The size may be same as the old penbbs nib,maybe no.6?

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On 6/9/2021 at 4:04 PM, hahahahaha00000 said:

I saw many reviews saying that penbbs 456 is a really really good pen, but for that price, I can get two penbbs 480s here in china. Is one pennbs 456 equal to 2 penbbs 480? I also thought of maybe buying the pen with two nibs called penbbs 469, also around the price of 456, but cheaper. I own a platinum preppy and a pilot penmanship. Which one should I get? Thanks!

A penbbs 456=1.8xpenbbs480 inchina

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39 minutes ago, IJKWS said:

Oh, thank you, where did you buy them?

Probably Etsy, I would need to look up my financial files. The problem with PenBBS is, they try so/too many things instead of trying to focus on improving quality - the buyer is their guinea pig. Some are lucky, some are unlucky like me.

For me, PenBBS is a NEVER AGAIN.

 

With Hongdian, I am 100% content - I bought 7. It is the only Chinese company with such a high rating from me.

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It do happen with PenBBS and many other batch production small independents , been there before .. so far my PenBBS all work out fine for me , touchwood .. for the price bracket , I stay with Hero , yeah Hero's QC on their school pen, kid's pen and all those 616 and vintage models are pretty much nil, but for the price bracket thus as Hongdian, PenBBS, Lorelei etc ..  those Hero are pretty mice , that is so long you do not mind their almost always too conservative or too radical styling . Somehow Hero just happen not to find the middle ground most of the time.

 

if its for me , starting with PenBBS, I would stay with choosing their default Fine nib with the upturn tip , just made it sure that you do not try to use it by pressing on the nib , rather utilizing the angle to the paper to facilitate. I am nostalgic ( if it can be said so ) with the model 323 , its one of the earliest release model together with the 266 / 308, and the 267. Its one shape that seems everybody can be comfortable with. But it cannot post and its clipless. Otherwise I find it more pleasing than the others. and this is the only model that you can had in either acrylic or metal ( anodized aluminum )

 

The others is all about the filling system mostly. For the part, the needed and wanted accessories for any PenBBS is the parts pack and extra nib charm , or go buy some off beat no.6 nib.

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On 6/19/2021 at 6:55 PM, mke said:

@IJKWS

Thanks for the pictures. These nibs look nice. Wish there would be some #6 nibs like this.

 

Regarding the PenBBS pens. I bought two. With one (268?), the section cracked after using it for a few days. The other one (456) doesn't suck ink in after short usage. I didn't get any answer when I contacted them via Instagram. So, my advice: there are other makers with better pens for less money (Hongdian e.g.). Their steel nibs are a dream. If I give away (sell) all my Chinese pens, the Hongdians are the ones which I would keep. I might make an exception for the Jinhao 85, they are also extraordinary.

 I have talked with the PENBBS,bro.

 They told me if you face this problem, You should contact with the dealer because they don't have any stock of 456😂

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