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    I finally got my Jinhao 599 to work. I haven't had a problem with others, but this Coral one I bought by itself just was not writing. I used the converter and inked with Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape and it looks like it is coming to life. I will keep this pen inked with very wet ink and see what happens - I am afraid to tinker with the nib and feed just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagehen View Post
    I finally got my Jinhao 599 to work. I haven't had a problem with others, but this Coral one I bought by itself just was not writing. I used the converter and inked with Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape and it looks like it is coming to life. I will keep this pen inked with very wet ink and see what happens - I am afraid to tinker with the nib and feed just yet.
    If you're going to buy cheap Chinese pens, you should probably learn to tweak the nibs. It really isn't that hard and there are instructions on the web. A good magnifier helps. The 599 is a good one to practice on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parsimonious View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sagehen View Post
    I finally got my Jinhao 599 to work. I haven't had a problem with others, but this Coral one I bought by itself just was not writing. I used the converter and inked with Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape and it looks like it is coming to life. I will keep this pen inked with very wet ink and see what happens - I am afraid to tinker with the nib and feed just yet.
    If you're going to buy cheap Chinese pens, you should probably learn to tweak the nibs. It really isn't that hard and there are instructions on the web. A good magnifier helps. The 599 is a good one to practice on.
    Thank you - I am just learning about all the info/community in this area. I don't anticipate buying any more but I bought this one to match another pen and I hoped it would work like another I had gotten. I will look for some videos and take a stab at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagehen View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagehen View Post
    I finally got my Jinhao 599 to work. I haven't had a problem with others, but this Coral one I bought by itself just was not writing. I used the converter and inked with Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape and it looks like it is coming to life. I will keep this pen inked with very wet ink and see what happens - I am afraid to tinker with the nib and feed just yet.
    If you're going to buy cheap Chinese pens, you should probably learn to tweak the nibs. It really isn't that hard and there are instructions on the web. A good magnifier helps. The 599 is a good one to practice on.
    Thank you - I am just learning about all the info/community in this area. I don't anticipate buying any more but I bought this one to match another pen and I hoped it would work like another I had gotten. I will look for some videos and take a stab at it.
    You can also find spare nibs at incredibly low prices, so you can get creative with the tweaking/tuning.

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    I have a rainbow of inks in random pens today, five of seven are of Chinese. Reddish Ooly Color Write with included cartridge, Orange Penguin school pen (no brand) with ink eraser on the other end inked with included cartridge, Yellow Five Below pen with proprietary yellow ink, Five Below 1.1 stub nib with Waterman Serenity Blue, and Hero 240 with Diamine Imperial Purple.

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    Recently I got two Jinhao 80 pens. You knowÖ the ones 'emulating' a Lamy 2000. One is brown and refuses to work with its converter, but seems perfectly happy when a PARKER cartridge is loaded with Chesterfield Mahogany. The newer green one works with its converter and Monteverde Olivine.

    Both write with a smooth fine line and I can't stop playing with either.
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    I bought a Wing Sung 3013 Vac Filler with F nib. It's amazing that you can get one of these delivered for $6. I got it as a comparison with the original 1907 Onoto Vac filler. I got the purple one and filled it with Akkermans Simplistes Violet. I am surprised at how much I like it.wingsung3013.jpg

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    I've been using my Narwhal Nautilus in Bronze Corydoras. Well made, very good function and finish, but the M nib is a bit too wide for me. I will be replacing it with an after market F nib.
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    I use a Vanishing Point clone. Absolutely love it. Red with a fine nib. I do have a couple of real VPís as well, but the differences are marginal in my opinion.

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    I used to use fairly small pens. My EDC was an Esterbrook SJ. But I had some medical treatment that resulted in a lot of swelling and arthritis, so I have started to look at larger thicker pens. These Jinhao 159s are the largest I can reasonably find right now. I have 2 159 and 2 x159 inked on my desk. From left to right:

    Brown/red x159 F D'Atrementis Magenta.
    Yellow 159 M Akkerman Oranje Boven
    Red 159 F Edelstein Star Ruby
    Black x159 F Pelikan 4001 Black

    I like the x159 a lot. I got on with them right away. The red/brown x159 does not have quite the same feel on paper as the black one, which is more likely down to the ink, than manufacturing or quality control. I am going to try different inks in it and I have ordered one with an EF nib for comparison. The black one is nice in the hand, fits well, and is smooth on paper. My only problem with it is the number of turns required to remove the cap. The red and yellow 159 are much more sensible when it comes to twisting the cap off.
    The yellow 159 feels nice in the hand and smooth, but I now find it a bit too broad.

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    Iím using a Chren Stress Reliever fountain pen tbat is really nice for the hand cramping and fatigue I get due to connective tissue problems. Itís meant to be more of a writing and fidget tool, but after buying it because itís a penguin- I realized that itís a good journaling pen when I have a lot to write.
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    set of three Hero 329 with "Star Trek" emblem hood inlay this month.
    Pen INK
    Black: Noodlers Black ink.
    Green: Noodlers Green Marine ink.
    Wine/Maroon: de Atrramentis Alexander Hamilton ink.

    All have an extra fine nib, and are smooth writers. I especially like the Aerometric fill they have.
    I am not a fan of cartridges or converters. 😇

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    My favorite Chinese Pen is Wing Sung 601 with a 14k golden dark nib.
    It's the cheapest golden fountain pen among the pen still produced nowadays I can find today. It only cost me 178.80 CNY (about 24.88 USD), with no postage.
    I use this pen almost every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrawler View Post
    We are seeing new materials and more accurate machining methods making this kind of thing possible. Viberate I don't know how it will last but I am enjoying using it. The nib is very fine and behaves nicely.
    It's pretty awesome how they're using new materials and improved techniques for stuff like this.

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    I can remember long time ago, back in my school years, I used a pen ( Chinese or Indian made I am not sure yet) . It is similar to the above pen. Name of the pen was "YOUTH"and we had many popular general pens as Pilot , Parker, Youth, etc.
    Now I know these Chinese knock-out pens were based on " Parker 51". This is a solid pen no doubt. I love Parker 51 and having a firm nib, it is a good pen to take quick notes and do daily writing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    I can remember long time age back in my school years, I used a pen ( Chinese or Indian made I am not sure yet) . It is similar to the above pen. Name of the pen was "YOUTH"and we had many popular general pens as Pilot , Parker, Youth, etc.
    Now I know these Chinese knock-out pens were based on " Parker 51". This is a solid pen no doubt. I love Parker 51 and having a firm nib, it is a good pen to take quick notes and do daily writing.
    There's a Hero Youth model that I have, from back in the good old isellpens day. Works well.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

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    And my latest ebook, for spooky wintery reading:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0CM2NGSSD

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    I'm somewhat anti Chinese pens, but I recently got a Majohn V1.

    I love it.

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    I rarely use Chinese pens. Someone gave me a Jinhao once, but the plastic was so cheap that it cracked and came apart. Also, I don't like knockoffs, even if they're not being passed off as the original that they're cloning. It just seems tacky to me. That said, someone recently gave me a Nahvalur Nautilus, which I believe was made in China, and it has a very original and attractive design, is actually made of ebonite, writes well, and that pen I enjoy using.
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    About 12 years ago I bought this off eBay. I bought it because of the Jerusalem Cross on the cap and had the idea of giving it to a friend for whom this symbol has importance. This pen is comfortable to hold and writes very nicely. However I have not managed to find a converter to fit it. No cartridge fits easily. To use it I have refilled international cartridges that I have stretched the mouth on. I don't know who the manufacturer was and I have not seen another identical.

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