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.