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    Default Jinhao with flex G-nib

    This is a Jinhao X450 with a gold-plated full-flex G nib. The feed is long and skinny, and appears to have been made specifically for the G nib. I tried it out with a regular fountain pen ink, and it worked fine for a bit, and then would start to railroad. If I advanced the converter a turn or so it would stop railroading, until it started again. I read somewhere that if I used a thicker ink, like some of the Noodler's inks (I think X-Feather was mentioned, IIRC), that might solve the railroading problem, but I didn't really care to keep monkeying with it. So if anyone wants it, say so in a post to this thread. In a bit I'll see if there are any nibbles, and if more than one, use the name in a hat method to pick the winner. I'll even pay the postage, CONUS only.

    The pen looks black in the photos, but is actually a subtly mottled very dark green.

    Sorry about the out-of-focus photo of the feed.





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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    Recently I bought some Zebra G nibs and took one into my JinHao X750. First the writing was very nice but after that the nib got rusty and the ink didn't flow at all.
    All the nibs went wrong after a while... Maybe I did something wrong?

    What is your experience?

    By the way. How much is that pen to overseas?
    If in the US nobody wants, I would be happy to get it.

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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    Steel G nibs do rust after a while; luckily they are cheap and can be replaced. I don't know if the gold-plated one is made by Zebra or someone else, or how easy it would be to swap it out if it got rusty. I've heard that it's easy to change nibs in Jinhaos, but I don't know what the base of this particular nib is shaped like.

    Certainly the gold plating will inhibit rusting, but depending on how thin the plating it, well, who knows how long it will last? J Neal Booksellers and presumably other dealers as well offer titanium G nibs as well as steel ones. The titanium nibs cost a little more and are probably more rust resistant. I don't know if they flex as well as steel. or if they're all titanium or just titanium plated.

    So far I've had two nibbles, both from Europe -- one from France from fountainpagan by PM and one from Hungary via this thread. (I much prefer to receive posts by thread because the PM system won't let me clear out my inbox one post at a time; soon it will be full, and I'll have to dump every message in it.)

    I'll put European names in the hat if no one in the US is interested and if the recipient is willing to pay the postage, but first I'd have to look up the cost. Also, any VAT, duties, etc. would be the responsibility of the recipient.
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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    Well, it's been a week, and so far no nibbles from within the US. I'll give it another day, and then put whatever names I have in a hat the following day, and announce a winner.
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    Tomorrow I'll announce the winner.
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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    I happily join the lottery if it's still possible. Where did you find the gold plated version of the nib? I can only find it in steel, and probably not stainless by others experiences.

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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    Quote Originally Posted by arrow View Post
    I happily join the lottery if it's still possible. Where did you find the gold plated version of the nib? I can only find it in steel, and probably not stainless by others experiences.
    I found it in a pop-up ad that found me. I wasn't happy with it and wanted to return it, and the company that sells these just gave me my money back but didn't want to pay for return shipping so they told me to just keep it. I expect the shipping would have cost them more than the pen did.

    You are in Norway, is that correct?
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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    Yes, I'm in Norway. I guess the pen has to be worked on and improved a bit. I struggle to find a full flex nibs and working pen combos, at least at the right price. I'm sure I will with a bit of effort. I have found a few descriptions where some have managed to find ebonite replacement feeds for chinese pens and report success. Which ever way about it, it looks like takes a bit of time and money to get there. A fountain pen needs non-rusting parts.
    Last edited by arrow; May 15th, 2019 at 05:48 PM.

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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    I think the steel flex nibs aren't as durable as we are used to in fountain pens, it needs to be easily replaced. Rust is unexeptable in a pen we spend a bit of time and effort on, so I guess gold plated or nickle chromium alloy is required. Feed is tricky enough in any pen, and even more so with a flex nib. I'm waiting for a flex nib to arrive any day now, the question is how much flex it comes with. I have had a few more or less fortunate purchases lately.

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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    And the winner is... arrow!

    Please PM me with your address.
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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    And the winner is... arrow!

    Please PM me with your address.

    BTW, the G nib is actually a dip pen nib, which is why it needs to be replaced at intervals.
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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    Congratulations! i have one of these set up myself and it is a fun way to try out some flexing

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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    Congratulations, Arrow. Enjoy it.

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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    And the winner is... arrow!

    Please PM me with your address.

    BTW, the G nib is actually a dip pen nib, which is why it needs to be replaced at intervals.

    arrow: Congratulations! I hope you will enjoy that fountain pen.

    calamus: Thank you for the possibility, you are so generous.

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    Default Re: Jinhao with flex G-nib

    Thanks to all of you, and not the least to Calamus :- )

    I won a flex nib pen! I may have to work at it. I think pentools have some replacement feeds, and a few others have made alternatives. I will of course start with all original parts and see how it works.

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