Fountain Pens

Beware the Hooded Nib

I didn’t want to call out any¬†particular pen today, though my image shows a Jinhao 699. The problem I’ve been observing spans multiple value brands from China, including Jinhao and Baoer. There are some nibs out there that should be avoided. Let me explain. Continue reading

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Fountain Pens, The Good Shit

Baoer 388: Simple, svelte, and only two bucks

As soon as I saw this handsome pen available for only two bucks, I had to pull the trigger and see what it was all about. I mean, sure it looked good online in a photograph. But would it hold up to closer scrutiny? And could it write worth a damn?

There was only one way to find out; I had to buy it and see for myself. Continue reading

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