Jinhao X750 Deluxe Fountain Pen

#41
Well I got my Jinhao 450 through the post today and am extremely impressed. I was expecting it to be plastic so was very surprized at the sturdy metal barrel. The finish is excellent and the pen writes smoother than my £60 Cross Century too. The only improvement would be a screw on cap. I should have ordered a few more of these as stocking fillers. It just shows that not everything out of China is gimcrack crap. It's a great pen regardless of price and I would recommend one.
 
#42
Well I got my Jinhao 450 through the post today and am extremely impressed. I was expecting it to be plastic so was very surprized at the sturdy metal barrel. The finish is excellent and the pen writes smoother than my £60 Cross Century too. The only improvement would be a screw on cap. I should have ordered a few more of these as stocking fillers. It just shows that not everything out of China is gimcrack crap. It's a great pen regardless of price and I would recommend one.
They're pretty good. I totally agree with you about the cap. If not a screw-on, a little more positive click on and off would be nice.
I've had a number of conversations with people who've had things manufactured for them in China. If you specify "cheap and nasty", then that's what you get. On the other hand, the Chinese are quite capable (in similar manner to what was the case when the Japanese made copies of Western stuff) of producing articles every bit as high-quality as is possible, if you ask for it and pay the higher prices. A case in point is the Colonial razor, which is at present Chinese-made but to high manufacturing and QC standards.
I'm amazed that the Jinhaos are still such a high standard for the price, but I believe they have quite a wide market in discerning purchasers in Asia/India who expect a certain quality level. I'd also hope that they're so tooled-up for making this standard of pen now that it would be expensive to re-equip and produce lesser ones.
 
#44
Hi Chrisbell

It's a resin body, so i can't say it causes me that much of an issue. I think it depends on three things:

1. How sweaty your hands get.
2. How much you're writing in anyone go.
3. How much pressure you use when writing ( i tend to try and hold the pen more relaxed to avoid strain/ tiredness).

I wouldnt say its any worse than using a plastic section, in my opinion.

Waterman Hemisphere's are a very sound alternative if your concerned about the metal section.

If your near a stockist, see if you can do a writing test and compare. I know that some people are not, or the stockists may not carry such pens.

Let me know if i can assist you any further.

Regards

Mark
Cheers.
 
#45
You can do a flex nib on any Jinhao as the nib and feed are friction fit and just pop out. I have fitted a Bock fine nib to one of mine and a better converter from Beaufort Ink. It is a testament to Jinhao though that I think the standard medium nib from them actually feels smoother than the Bock.
 
#46
You can do a flex nib on any Jinhao as the nib and feed are friction fit and just pop out. I have fitted a Bock fine nib to one of mine and a better converter from Beaufort Ink. It is a testament to Jinhao though that I think the standard medium nib from them actually feels smoother than the Bock.
I've converted one to flex with a Zebra nib, but, whilst the effect is fine, I still need to sort out some problems with wetness, or the lack of it. I've amassed a number of flex nibs, almost all of which are for penholders, and thus too narrow for feeds. There are a couple in there which look OK, and I'll probably try them. I also plan some FPR purchases, and will likely get a couple of nibs from them as well. There doesn't seem to be much availability of these from UK suppliers, unless I'm missing a trick here.
As far as I see it, the main problem with current steel flex nibs is that they just aren't flexible enough. There was a post on FPN where the author had ground some metal off, from between the wing and the body end on each side, thus removing some stiffness from the nib, and I might try this on a Zebra. There's nothing to beat a decent 14k gold flex nib on a Mabie Todd or similar, though.
 
#51
They come no frills wrapped in plastic in a little jiffy bag but they are a great pen: metal so will last. They are a much better bet for me than the now rubbish French Parker Vectors and are better of me even than something like a Lamy Safari (or TWSBI eco) at 10 times the price. I don't think that it is the pen that is cheap so much as we in the West are grossly overcharged for everything. Try the Jinhao 159 too: same price but bulkier with a screw on cap. It is modelled on a similar shape to the Mont Blanc Meisterstuck.
 
#60
Good that you are liking the modified pen. The Bock nib and better converter make this pen the equal of pens five times the outlay. The Jinhao nib isn't bad actually (save the stupid 18k label: yeah right) but the converters from Jinhao are not great. Buy the pen for £3 buy a Beaufort Converter: another £3 and you are in business.
 
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