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    Default Frankenpen claim.

    An advert popped up on my FB feed by a user called Executive Vibe, and pushing this.

    This Flexible Nib Fountain Pen is a Game Changer!
    ✅ Line Width Control ✅ Ink Flow Control
    🔥 This Week Only: 40% OFF 🔥
    Get Yours Here ➡ Gizmosified


    These are the pens in question (edit - currently reduced from $53.50 to $31.99):



    There are over a thousand comments (and no I didn't read all of them!), and there was at least one where the seller encourages buyers to experiment with calligraphy inks. Mind boggling.

    Anywho, thoughts on this?
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    Default Re: Frankenpen claim.

    Looks a lot like a Jinhao X450 with a Zebra G, as you say.

    Can't see the video (not on FaceBook). A better image of the nib, from the StoneGraph site:


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    Default Re: Frankenpen claim.

    Obviously it is a Zebra G. I guess that they meant high quality gold coloured Japanese nib. Still a Zebra G though.

    (I've removed the conversation from my OP as it's not really important).

    Paul Antonio video on YouTube. LINKY

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    Default Re: Frankenpen claim.

    You can buy that pen for a couple bucks elsewhere. Same thing for the nib.... and the swap is not difficult. So, yes, I did it myself. I didn't use mine much. Too heavy.

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    Default Re: Frankenpen claim.

    I have one like that, but I think I paid about $8 and about 15 minutes of time to make it work. I'll sell mine for $20 if anyone wants it

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    Default Re: Frankenpen claim.

    The FB advertiser has now told me:

    Executive Vibe Hi David, I think my colleague misunderstood your question. Yes it is the gold Zebra G Nib, but we customize the body and hand assembled it ourselves.

    Our customers love it, but it's still a personal choice. You can try here if you are interested.

    Wonder how exactly they customise the body.

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    Default Re: Frankenpen claim.

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    The FB advertiser has now told me:

    Executive Vibe Hi David, I think my colleague misunderstood your question. Yes it is the gold Zebra G Nib, but we customize the body and hand assembled it ourselves.

    Our customers love it, but it's still a personal choice. You can try here if you are interested.

    Wonder how exactly they customise the body.
    Same here. Those are all stock colors.

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    Default Re: Frankenpen claim.

    I never try this as trying dip pen nibs on fountain pens is like using a disposable pen.
    I had watsted 4-5 Jinhao pens 450 and 750/ 156 and some good dip pens nibs Leonardo Ef/ Monga/ Thachicawa /Zebra. I tried all the ways.
    As I use dip pens I thought to try when I have seen on the Utube.
    Some nibs got corroded faster as the dip pen nibs are meant to be used and after use washes the ink and dry completely from any humid and water before putting away. If not the nib will develop to rust because of the ink and it's components.
    So all my pens were broken from the holder when I tried to remove the nibs and the holder and feed were stuck with rust broked from the fragile sealing of these Chinese pens.
    It was a lesson for me and Dip pen nibs are only good with the pen holders as they can clean and dry by removing after every use.
    Even the dip pen nibs doesn't last longer on a hoder as the tynes get ware- out faster depending on how often they are used, so it is not a practical idea to use dip nibs on fountain pens.
    But thers's one paticular pen developped on this concept and that pen takes easily a Dip pen nib (Zebra G EX.) and can remove the nib easily and it takes a standered fountain pen nib. So with a cost of replacing dip nibs for rusting nibs , this is an option for using a flex nib to write calligraphy with a Fountain pen. Link to these pens desideratapens.com https://www.desideratapens.com
    Last edited by Cyril; March 15th, 2019 at 08:00 PM.

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    Default Re: Frankenpen claim.

    The pen is very nice they use the Titanium plated version of the nib, they've widened the ink channel of the feed to allow more ink flow. This is a difficult adjustment because if you make the ink flow too much the line no longer is XXF but if you don't open it for more flow, you will have ink starvation frequently. This is done correctly, and ornamental penmanship can be done but during the periods where ink requirements are greatest, you MUST slow down, or you will railroad the nib and dry out the feed and thus the nib. If you slow WAY down during swells it will keep up, and the hairlines will be XXXF. Users understandably either understand this, or they don't, and if they don't understand, they're disappointed in the pen. By slowing your writing speed down during swells, you can get XXXF to BBBB range. I recommend this because they've got it correct. The feed is what has been customized and they did an excellent job, There's no mention of nib replacement, but even the Titanium version of the nib will need replacement. User satisfaction could be increased greatly by instructions mentioning slowing down during swells, removal of feed and nib, cleaning these, and eventual replacement of Nikko G titanium plated nib.
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