Affordable Fountain Pens

Jinhao 159 Fountain Pen

The Jinhao 159 left me with some mixed feelings. There's a lot tolike, and not like, about it. If you've got small hands and you're left-handed, it might be a problem. Otherwise, I don't see why anyone looking for a decent, affordable pen wouldn't want to get one of these.

The first thing that hit me about the 159 was its weight. It comes in at a solid 50g, which is great because I like when a to at least have a good weight to it, not too heavy, but heavy enough.

The next thing about the pen that stuck out to me was the thickness. It seems to be as thick as a cigar, which, due to my small hands, I hate having to deal with over an extended period of time. I mean, I sometimes feel the Lamy 2000 is too thick. Lastly, there's the length of it. It feels a bit squat. This too might be due to personal preference since I'm left-handed and I tend to 'choke up' on the shaft more so I don't smear ink. The length issue, I think, can be alleviated somewhat by capping it I suppose. But the thickness of it, I'm not sure if this is the type of pen I would have readily available sitting in my shirt pocket.

Having said all of that, I do like that the cap is a screw-on much like the Noodler's Ahab. The nib glides along all the papers I've tested pretty well, no better or worse than any others. The converter is piston-style, looking very similar to a Lamy converter, but unfortunately the two brands don't seem interchangeable with each other.

I would gladly suggest this pen to anyone looking to get a nice and affordable fountain pen. Unless they're left-handed with small hands, then I would advise caution.