I have bought three Chinese fountain pens recently on EBay. The ink will not pull up into the converter from the nib or flow down from the converter to the nib for two of them. The seller is sending me replacement pens in each case, after I paid another $1.50 for insurancce, supposedly because he though the nib might have been cracked in shipping.
Not sure that makes any sense to me, anyway, and no sign of damage in shipping.
Anyone have any similar issues or have any ideas as to what might be wrong with the pens?
Also of some concern is that the seller seems to be the same in each case, but is using two different names. The feedback ratings are pretty high, with lots of sales under each. The price sure seems right, if the ink would flow!
These are pens selling for around $1.00 a piece, with around $9.00 shipping. They are heavy and really quite good looking and are not that I know of stealing US designs such as the cheaper Heros do. The one that works writes nicely.
I think one of the pens that does not work is a Hero in a Confucius commemerative design. The other is a B351 HUASHILAI, supposedly, in an acrylic colorful barrel design. Both, as I say, very pretty and quite heavy. A pleasure to hold in one's hand.
I have excellent vintage Waterman and Schaeffer fountain pens to use if I am actually doing extenive writing, which is not very often these days. I am not looking for a great pen in these Chinese versions.
I do like the idea of having a nice, good looking heavy broad tip fountain pens to carry around without worry about losing them or anything. Also, it seems like it would be fun if someone admired one of these pens to be able to just give them the pen!
Also, I like having pens loaded with a bunch of different inks, ready to use.
So they would fit the bill for what I want, if ink would actually flow and if they write nearly as well as the one pen that works!
I have a bunch of the cheap Heros, the 616s or whatever, they are nice for having a lot of different inks available. But they seem to tend to leak when one carried them around, and the caps slide off and the like. Also too thin a nib and way too light in weight for my preferences. I do not think that that anyone is going to confuse them for a real Parker 51, so I am not too concerned about infringement!