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Having imported genuine Chinese-designed pens (Hero, Duke, Wing Sung, etc.) for more than a decade, I've always had to battle against the concurrent western perception that all Chinese pens are 'knock-offs'. As the linked article attests, the struggle continues. It appears that some progress is being made.

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Norman, you need to be a member to read this articlecry.

can you copy paste it?

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Hi Reactionary,

I'd prefer not to post copyrighted material. You can 'join' the LA Times site, like the NY Times site or thousands of others, as anyone you'd like....Peter Pan, Mickey Mouse, etc. wink There's no need to give any actual details about *you*.

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Norman

-- Edited by His Nibs at 14:50, 2007-12-17

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Hi again! Someone on the Fountain Pen Network has copied the article there, so you can now read it.

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Norman

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His Nibs wrote:

 I've always had to battle against the concurrent western perception that all Chinese pens are 'knock-offs'. As the linked article attests, the struggle continues. It appears that some progress is being made.

Regards,

Norman



It's a problem that China has to deal with to get the manufacturer's to stop making knock offs.  Some may know that it's a knock off but not understand that it's wrong to make them others simply don't care, they want the $. 

Dealing with Chinese manufacturers has many pitfalls, one is a company must coryright their trade marks in China or there is a chance the manufacturing company will and then sell your items for themselves. Difficult and time consuming lawsuits ensue to get them to stop. 

Many auto parts manufacturers that have gone to China to source inexpensive parts have found they have to have their people on site to direct all phases of manufacturing from buying raw materials to packaging to insure the quality control is maintained, if you don't have people there QC will suffer.   There are curreently a series of lawsuits over the substandard and dangerous Chinese brake drums and rotors being supplied to US importing warehouser distributors.  Not all are sunstandard but now it's harder for the good ones to be sold.

From lead based candies to poisoned dog food, Chinese manufacturers are their own worst enemies and make it very hard for the ones that are honest and competent.. 

  

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His Nibs wrote:

Having imported genuine Chinese-designed pens (Hero, Duke, Wing Sung, etc.) for more than a decade, I've always had to battle against the concurrent western perception that all Chinese pens are 'knock-offs'. As the linked article attests, the struggle continues. It appears that some progress is being made.

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Norman



MOST of my favorite pens are Chinese.  They're a great value for the money and I can't believe how well the nibs write!

 



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Agreed!

I have owned several dozen of these sort of bastard children over the years & as a whole I've had nothing but positive experiences.

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Yet there's a lot of pen snobbery still attached. I just had a conversation last night with a fellow fountain pen enthisiast---he was disappointed in one $300 'name' pen, agreed with my reasons for enjoying my Heroes, Dukes, and Bookworms et al, but still expressed a sort of disdain for those pens.

I'm really enjoying my new Bookworm Filigree 'fude.'



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Sailor Kenshin wrote:

Yet there's a lot of pen snobbery still attached.



 That is very true.  I've had wonderful sub dollar FPs. from china that write circles around higher priced 'random quality' named pens.

oh well



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I completely agree with you all!

Here in Italy, people only consider worth of purchasing Montblanc, Aurora, Pelikan, Parker etc...
I must say that I think I am writing with a Chinese pen. I bought it last year, but it has no brand at all and on the nib there's only written "iridium point germany". I think it is a Chinese pen, but it writes well and the nib is "soft" enough not to scrape on paper, especially on recycled paper.

My pen pic is below...


Hurray for Chinese pens!
Lola

p.s. I am waiting for two bookworms as a birthday present...I will tell you my opinion on those when they'll arrive smile

brandless FP

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Yes---as of now, Chinese fountain pens like Doctor (made by Hero), Bookworm, Kaigelu and Jinhao constitute some of the best pen value-per-dollar around.

Niiice pen, Croissant.

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My daughter lambastes me for my collection of beautiful Chinese pens. When I go out into the world, all people see is my beautiful pen. Most people cannot tell the difference, all they see is that I use a fountain pen. I have 3 Regals, which I rate very highly. I have 3 Kai Ge Lu which are so beautiful that I carry them in a nice case and baby, even though they are only $35 pens. I have a Bookworm, a Jinhao, a Duke and a Picasso, and several others whose make has currently escaped through a hole in my head. The Bookworm needed its nib adjusting, but is now a juicy handful. The only serious problem I have had with Chinese pens is with the Picasso. The converter leaks air and so all the ink runs out of it. One of my other pens, whose name escapes me right now, the converter does not click into place securely. Other than this they all write very well and look like hand jewelry.

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