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Jinhao X750 Deluxe Fountain Pen

Discussion in 'Stationery Corner' started by Nico1970, Thursday May 26, 2016.

  1. matteob

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    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.
     
  2. Ferrum

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    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.
     
  3. Ferrum

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    I notice that a certain well-known internet auction site has a couple of examples of new Jinhao 750 pens which have been converted to use flex nibs. I think this is going to be a more frequent sight.
     
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  5. matteob

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    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.
     
  6. Ferrum

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    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.
     
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  8. I've just ordered one in matt black, I shopped around but couldn't find a better price than £2.61. :D
     
  9. matteob

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    @chris.hale it will be a pleaure to write with. I think the Jinhao nib is actually smoother than a Bock (though some folk like a bit of feedback). The only addition I would make is to bin the Jinhao converter for a decent German standard converter. Beaufort Inks do one (looks like a Schnidt but has their label) for a few quid.

    http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/penmech.html
     
  10. Thanks @matteob, I have a few standard converters so if the included one's no good I'm covered. I still can't believe that I'm getting a fountain pen for the price of a coffee, it must cost them more than that to ship it from China, how can they make any money?
     
  11. matteob

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    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.
     
  12. isaiah53

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    i tried a few of the jinhao pens, but for a cheap chinese fountain pen i prefer the baoer 388, its a parker knock off and well worth a try for a few quid.
     
  13. matteob

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    Thanks I'll have a look. I think Jinhao on Baoer are made by the same firm :)
     
  14. Luckypip

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    I have fitted a Bock nib and a Beaufort converter on my X750 and its now a great smooth writer which I regularly use !
     
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    Great choices. I have both in a Fabre Castell which I beyond foolishly dropped. My hand decided it didn't like the cut of my nib's jib!
    Still, it's still a gorgeous writer and I would definitely recommend Bock nibs! :p
     
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  16. Where did you buy the nib from?
     
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  17. Benz3ne

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    Here :)
     
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  18. Luckypip

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    Spot on - beat me to it !
     
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  19. matteob

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    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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