Chinese Brass

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This strange-looking pen turns up frequently in eBay.  My one arrived as part of a lot and was ignored for months but I took a look at it last night.  No name – in fact no writing anywhere except on the nib, and that’s “iridium point Germany” so it’s Chinese.  Not that there was ever any doubt.
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It’s a hunk of brass.  The rubber rings are there to provide a better grip and they certainly do.  What can you say about a pen like this?  First and foremost, I suppose, is that it’s ugly, and not in a minor way.  Ugly as guts.  Looking at it might turn you to stone.  Secondly, it’s heavy.  Well, duh!  It’s machined brass; of course it’s heavy!
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I mean, look at that.  It’s plumbing, that’s what it is.  It’s really got nothing to do with how a proper fountain pen is made.  The little flat-topped nib seems very out of place on this bloated pseudo-pen.
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Now that it has been suitably slagged, there are one or two things to say in its favour.  It’s in perfect condition and it works.  There was a time when I sent pens like this to the landfill but no more.  If they work I list them in the “Bargains” section of the sales site for a peppercorn price and if anyone wants such a pen, there it is.  It might suit someone who has arthritis which makes it difficult for them to use a slender pen.  I have arthritis myself though it isn’t that bad yet, and the hot wax helps – thanks to CC Barton!
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If anyone knows which Chinese company makes this piece of superior plumbing and what the thinking behind its extreme oddity is, I’d love to hear about it.

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About goodwriterspens
I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

5 Responses to Chinese Brass

  1. Andy Barnett says:

    These type of Chinese pens might be ugly and heavy but their cheap nibs have always worked first time for me.

  2. David says:

    “…what the thinking behind its extreme oddity is…”

    Do Not attempt to understand; resistance is futile.

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