CHINESE PEN NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW | FEB 2018

1. Live in You launched the Future

It has been quite a while since the designer brand gave us some hints about this next offer. Last weekend during an offline stationery event, the Live in You finally presented the community with the Future line, a pocket fountain pen with amazing looks and a slightly different design compared with what we saw last time.

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Pricing at 258RMB ($40.96), the Future series consists of only six variants with different base materials, which is a small range of choice when compared with similar resin/acrylic offerings from Penbbs. But clearly the company compensate the numbers with quality—each one from the six models of the Future pen is a clear-cut eye-candy. With the help of exotic resin and a streamlined cigar shaped body, these are the best-looking pens ever produced by the company. The branding, though, is different from the pictures leaked before. Instead of a square metal inlaid into the barrel, the final products are branded with a much smaller Live in You metal logo, which is a pair of antlers on a flower background.

Inside the pen, the same writing mechanism as their MiTu series is used, but this time the #5 nibs are all in silver tone to match the chromed brand logo. There is an extra EF nib option to choose now. According to the product pictures presented by the company, some of the six variants could show off the nib inside in an understated way when capped.

My review units are on the way, hope they work in real life as amazing as their looks.

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2. The M2 from Moonman

After upgrading its M1 line and introducing an Aspirin series last December, the online retailer Shanghai Jingdian launched the M2 line two days ago. It is a full-size eyedropper pen build out of PMMA resin and shipped with a real eyedropper, like the Opus 88 Koloro.

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But what sets the M2 different from other cheap Chinese clear eyedroppers are the nib unit and center band. Judging from the description from Shanghai Jingdian’s Taobao store, the nib housing got two rubber rings to prevent the ink from entering the clear section, and inside the nib unit, a German feed makes the pen more prepared for the vast amount of ink that would fill the pen. The nibs in M2 pens are not made in Germany, but the company claims they are “export-level” steel nibs with “first-class quality.”

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Clear demonstrators are nothing new to the pen world, but the M2’s design is highlighted by an aluminum center band, anodized into a bright red color and decorated with a “MOONMAN” branding. Thus, the M2 has a clear point of differentiation here, and I have to say it looks modern and fun.

The price of M2 is 59RMB ($9.37), and it comes with only one model, only EF nib width is available now.

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 3. The Shepherd Boy pocket pen by Delike

It is great to see the company behind Delike finally decided to make something with some originality. Despite the confusing Babeli branding on the nib and packaging, the Shepherd Boy is a clipless pocket pen that shares the same core writing parts as any other Delike pens. Two wood variants are available.

The company is proud of the thread design used in this model, whose main barrel is a one piece of wood with threads carved directly into the material instead of a metal sleeve inserted into the barrel.

But the best part of the Shepherd Boy is its rounded shape, which is clean in style and friendly to play with. Some customers of this model commented that the textural feeling of the pen is better than the Moonman M1, which is also a wooden pen with streamlined design. With a price tag of 72RMB ($11.43) at Taobao, this pen is an appealing gadget to the wood lovers in China.

 

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The Branding Babeli is confusing…but the texture looks promising.

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One of the customers fitted it with a clip from Kaweco

4. TangFP released two more colors                 

The maker of Tang Fountain Pen hyped a lot before the release of the new black and red version of their AL series, and it surprised its audience with two more colors–purple and green.

To learn more about the background of the brand you can go to last month’s news post, but I wish for the moment you can join me to appraise the texture and looks of this wave of Tang pen…

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5. A Chinese SE from Kaweco: a lead holder that doubles as a BP!

Yes, you can insert any color or style of 3.5mm lead into your Kaweco clutch lead holder, but you may have never heard before that the company could make it hold a D-1 ballpoint refill.

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In preparation for Valentine’s day, Kaweco curated this newest special edition for the Chinese market—a pink Skyline Sport lead holder that could transform itself into a Sport ballpoint. To achieve this magic, a small metal sleeve was created by the company to hold the D-1 refill which is thinner than the 3.5mm pencil lead. To transform, simply feed the unit into the pen from the front.

In my understanding, this is the fourth special edition Kaweco has tailored for the Chinese market during the past 12 months. This pen is currently only available via Kaweco’s Tmall store at a price of 168RMB ($26.67).

 

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A Gif made by Kaweco to demonstrate the mechanism

 

 

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The Valentine’s Special Set.

 

 

31 Replies to “CHINESE PEN NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW | FEB 2018”

  1. I’m loving these monthly updates on the Chinese Pen world. Many thanks Frank!
    Would you also be able to provide a link to both the pen maker’s website, as well as one or two links of where to buy these pens?
    Also, if you could provide the Chinese name of the pen company too; it would help searching. An example is that “Live in You” is very difficult to search as it is not a unique word (compared to Delike or Moonman). Thanks Frank!

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    1. Hi Phil, just want to let you know that the blog post that I mentioned is still in progress, sorry about that. I am working on the part of vendor list now!

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      1. In the cases of Alpha or HERO’s Safari, that’s absolutely true.

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  2. I really enjoy reading these monthly reviews, from contextual information about the pen and company, your personal commentary, to the inclusion of pretty pictures. Thanks for taking the time to write it all up. Won’t deny you’ve become one of my go to pen resources in the last couple of months.

    Also, I have to agree with Phil. While a direct link to where to buy the products may be be as helpful as there are so many sellers on Taobao, Tmall, or eBay, and stocks come and go for each seller too, having the Chinese names of the brands and models would be immensely helpful. Although I almost always have eventually been able to google it, it always takes me a good while, haha.

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    1. Thanks Ann! To get these information out is also a part of self-help since I want to know what is going on there, and I am glad you like my style. As for the information you asked along with Phil, I am working on it now and you may see it this weekend!

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  3. Just bought one thanks to you !

    Incredible price for such a stunning looking pen.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Thank you so much for these great reviews and info about the Chinese pen market Frank! They are so well done, and so useful. Yes, please help those of us who are in the US how to find the sellers of these pens, esp the Shepherd Boy wooden ones by Delike. I’ve tried Taobao, but no luck yet. Thanks!

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    1. Yes, Taobao is always tricky, and I am trying to compile a new post to tackle these issues.

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    1. Looking forward to presenting the Future to you in person!

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  5. Can anyone tell me if the Wing Sung 601 pens currently being sold on ebay (art-pen-book-dy) are the latest revision? (May month’s post indicated that this pen initially had some issues.)

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    1. I have sent this question to the seller, hope we can get the answer soon!

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      1. Would you mind replying to this comment when you hear back from the seller? I’m thinking about ordering both the 601 and M2 from them. But I heard that both of these models are supposed to be updated after Chinese New Year, so now I’m not sure if I should wait? Especially the 601 got harsh reviews after the first two batches, I’d like to purchase a pen that has been carefully constructed down to the smallest details and will last me at least half a lifetime before anything breaks. I’ve recently become disenchanted with my TWSBI Eco for this exact reason, it breaks and cracks all the time, and although it’s easy to obtain replacement parts, I don’t want to be forced to do it multiple times a year.

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      2. Dear Minnie:

        I am sorry for my late reply! The seller replied to me yesterday, and he said the batch he is stocking is the updated one. Sorry for let you wait for extra one day since I has been trying to integrated that information into my newest post.
        However, since you mentioned that you want to have it last decades, I have to say I am not that confident here recommending this model to you. Green Wing Sung has only been in the serious pen making business for 2 years, and I had bad experience with the plastic material they were using in the early days–thus I am not sure whether the 601 could last for, say, 30 or 40 years.
        As for your information about the updated versions after Chinese New Year, I haven’t heard that, but I would look into that soon. Thanks for your prompt.
        Again, really sorry for my lagging reply.

        Best wishes,

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    2. Dear: The seller (art-pen-book-dy) replied yesterday, and he said the 601s he is selling is the latest ones. Sorry about the late reply!

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      1. That’s great to know, and don’t worry about the “late” update. A day is nothing compared to how long it’ll take to ship the pen 😉

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  6. Looks like a couple of the LIY Futures are now available on ebay through art-pen-book-dy. Really looking forward to your review, Frank!

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