Best Chinese Fountain Pen: Top 10 Picks

September 5

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When it comes to the best Chinese fountain pen, there are some brands and fountain pens that are highly recommended.

Such as Jinhao fountain pen, Hero fountain pen, Wing Sung fountain pen, etc.

Without further ado, let's check out these top Chinese fountain pens:

In a Hurry? Here’s Our Top Picks…

How to Choose the Best Chinese Fountain Pen

The Material of the Nib

The most important part of a fountain pen is the nib. To judge whether a Chinese fountain pen is good or bad, it mainly depends on the nib.

Gold nib:

gold nib fountain pen

The gold nib is made of gold alloy, which is more resistant to corrosion. The gold nib is softer than steel nib and has better elasticity.

However, it is not easy to master, the price is relatively expensive, and it is not suitable for novice use.

According to the content of gold, it is divided into: 12K, 14K, 18K, 21K, etc. In general, the larger the value, the higher the gold content and the softer the nib.

Steel nib:

steel nib fountain pen

The steel nib is made of stainless steel. The nib is harder and cheaper than the gold nib. Compared with the gold nib, it is more versatile and more suitable for daily use.

Size of the Nib

Size of the nib

The size of the nib from thin to thick are extra fine(EF), fine(F), medium(M), and broad(B).

Suggestion: For daily use, a thinner one is more comfortable and durable. For beginner calligraphy, you can choose thicker, thicker nib can magnify the details of the font, which is convenient for improvement.

Best Chinese Fountain Pen

Best Overall
JINHAO X450 Fountain Pen M Nib (Bright Black)
  • Nib:M (steel nib); Length:138mm; Diameter:14mm; Net weight:45g
  • Cap:push type; Converter:screw type(you also can buy the jinhao ink cartridges in my shop for this pen, ASIN is B06WRRGKH1)
  • Quantity:1pcs come with a converter(ink pump, fit for bottled ink), NO ink, NO gift box
  • If any problems caused(like did not receive or pen did not work), please don’t hesitate to contact us, we will try our best to help you solve the problems

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Overall Rating: 4.5/5

The first is the appearance. This Jinhao X450 fountain pen uses a marble pattern, which gives people a rather stunning feeling.

When measured by hand, it is relatively heavy compared to other fountain pens, weighing in at 45g. In short, its overall appearance is very similar to the Sailor 21K.

Preview
Jinhao X450
JINHAO X450 Fountain Pen M Nib (Bright Black)
Sailor 21K
Sailor Profit 21 in fine 11-2021-320 (japan import)
Material
Metal
Resin
Point Type
Medium
Medium
Jinhao X450
Preview
JINHAO X450 Fountain Pen M Nib (Bright Black)
Material
Metal
Point Type
Medium
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Sailor 21K
Preview
Sailor Profit 21 in fine 11-2021-320 (japan import)
Material
Resin
Point Type
Medium
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Then there is its barrel, which is indeed made of metal. At this price, it can be said to be quite good.

Lastly is the nib. In addition to carvings with unique Chinese zigzag patterns, there is also a copper carriage. And the two sides of the nib are also symmetrical, not one side is big and the other is small.

The nib's iridium grains are larger at the back and relatively sharp at the front.

When writing, it is relatively smooth, but the damping is a little difficult to control.

Best Chinese Fountain Pen X450

Jinhao X450 fountain pen appearance

In general, the Jinhao X450 is good in terms of workmanship, price and feel. And Jinhao is also one of the best Chinese fountain pen brands.

At this price, it is worth buying such a fountain pen with a stunning appearance and a comfortable writing feel.

Also Great
Picasso 902 Gentleman Collection Fountain Pen Original Box (Relievo1)
  • Nib:M(steel nib); Length:137mm; Diameter:11mm; Net weight:37g
  • Cap:push type; Converter:screw type(you also can buy the Picasso ink cartridges in my shop for this pen, ASIN is B06XDCXLPM)
  • Quantity:1pcs come with original box and a converter(ink pump, fit for bottled ink only), Do Not come with ink
  • PS: the picture of the nib and original box might be changed by manufacturer sometimes, may not 100% like the photos
  • If any problems caused(like did not receive or pen did not work), please don’t hesitate to contact us, we will try our best to help you solve the problems

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Overall Rating: 4.7/5

The Picasso 902 has a gold cap with some simple engravings and lines. There is a slight bumpy feeling in the hand.

The fountain pen clip adopts the three-dimensional relief process, which has good elasticity and strong strength. And the gloss of the BARREL is good, not easy to scratch, and the touch is more delicate.

Picasso 902 uses a screw type converter, which feels a little light, and has a good airtightness. It can be inked with a light twist.

The last is writing. The Picasso 902 has a smooth writing feel. When writing, you can get contact feedback on the paper surface. There is a slight sense of damping, and there is no feeling of cutting paper.

Best Budget
Zoohot Jinhao 159 Fountain Pen Heavy Big Pen 3 Pieces in 3 Colors
  • Cap : Screw type
  • L*W*H: 15.87*0.63*0.63 inches(14.9*1.6*1.6 cm), Weight:1.76 oz
  • Take Cartridge : International standard ( Fit the cartridges in our store )
  • Package : 3 pens & three removable converter (work with all bottle ink )
  • It is a great gift for who like the pen.

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Overall Rating: 4.6/5

If the Jinhao 159 is simply described in one sentence, it is that it is very similar to the Montblanc Meisterstück 149, including the size and appearance of the fountain pen.

And you can buy 3 pieces of this pen at a time, and each pen costs less than $6, which is quite a bargain.

The clip of Jinhao 159 adopts a sword and shield logo, which is quite unique.

Preview
Jinhao 159
JINHAO 159 Fountain Pen M Nib (Black with Silvery Clip)
Montblanc Meisterstück 149
Montblanc 114229 Meisterstück Platinum-Coated 149 Fountain Pen
Material
Metal
Resin
Point Type
Medium
Medium
Jinhao 159
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JINHAO 159 Fountain Pen M Nib (Black with Silvery Clip)
Material
Metal
Point Type
Medium
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Montblanc Meisterstück 149
Preview
Montblanc 114229 Meisterstück Platinum-Coated 149 Fountain Pen
Material
Resin
Point Type
Medium
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Speaking of its weight, the net weight reaches 48g, so it is not particularly suitable if you write a lot every day.

Lastly is the nib, which is slightly smaller than the Montblanc Meisterstück 149. The pattern engraving on it is better than that of a fountain pen of the same price.

If you look closely, you will find that it is engraved with a circle of wall-like stripes.

The nib of Jinhao 159 is soft among steel nibs, but the elasticity is average.

It is commendable that its converter rotation feel is relatively good.

Overall, this is a very representative Jinhao fountain pen, and one of the best Chinese fountain pens.

JINHAO X750 Fountain Pen M Nib (Bright Black)
  • Nib:M (steel nib); Length:138mm; Diameter:14mm; Net weight:36g
  • Cap:push type; Converter:screw type(you also can buy the jinhao ink cartridges in my shop for this pen, ASIN is B06WRRGKH1)
  • Quantity:1pcs come with a converter(ink pump, fit for bottled ink), NO ink, NO gift box
  • If any problems caused(like did not receive or pen did not work), please don’t hesitate to contact us, we will try our best to help you solve the problems

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Overall Rating: 4.5/5

If you're looking for the best Jinhao fountain pen, the Jinhao X750 is also not to be missed.

If you compare the Jinhao X450 and the Jinhao X750, you will find many similarities.

First of all, they all use metal barrels. And they are relatively heavy in the hand, but the net weight of the Jinhao X750 is 36g.

Best Chinese Fountain Pen X750

There are differences in appearance, but very close. For example, the Jinhao X450 uses a gold clip, while the X750 uses a silver clip. Plus, both pens are available in a variety of colors.

Finally, the biggest difference is that the grip part of the X450 is anti-slip.

3 PCS Genuine Hero 329 Fountain Pen Fine Nib, Gold Arrow Pattern, Stainless Steel Cap
  • Classic Smooth Writing Pen
  • Length: 140 mm; Nib: Iridium Fine; Pen weight: 15g; Diameter: 13.5mm; Cap: Push Type
  • Easy to refill ink: Press the converter bar quickly and firmly, release it quickly, and wait five seconds between presses so that the sac can finish expanding (and pulling ink up). Five times should be enough.
  • Ink: compatible with bottled ink only
  • Package: 3 fountain pens as picture shown

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Overall Rating: 4.5/5

The cap and the end of the barrel of the Hero 329 are narrowed into a bullet-like shape, so the whole pen looks quite light.

In addition, the nib design matches the shape of the entire fountain pen very well, and the writing experience is just right. More importantly, the feel and vision are more comfortable, and the damping feel and ink flow conditions for writing in all directions are also very uniform.

Of particular note is the tipped arrow patch, which forms a line with the nib. This patch is a very thin gold piece with a low gold content.

In general, the Hero 329 is a best value Chinese fountain pen.

TWSBI Vac700R Fountain Pen F nib
  • Vacuum filler fountain pen with shutoff valve function.

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Overall Rating: 4.7/5

The TWSBI Vac700R is a luxury Chinese fountain pen.

The overall workmanship of this fountain pen is really meticulous. In particular, the transparent barrel of the fountain pen is very well done, clean and translucent.

The steel nib is reasonably hard, and the Fine-type nib has obvious damping, but it has become a "everyday weapon" after many times of writing.

However, the only downside is that it is more expensive than other Chinese fountain pens.

JINHAO 992 Fountain Pen (Translucent)
  • Nib:F (steel nib); Length:135mm; Diameter:12mm; Net weight:16.5g
  • Cap:screw type; Converter:screw type (you also can buy the jinhao ink cartridges in my shop for this pen, ASIN is B06WRRGKH1)
  • Quantity:1pcs come with a converter (ink pump, fit for bottled ink), NO ink, NO gift box
  • If any problems caused (like did not receive or pen did not work), please don’t hesitate to contact us, we will try our best to help you solve the problems

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Overall Rating: 4.4/5

First of all, I have to say, the Jinhao 992 fountain pen is really cheap. On average, the price of each fountain pen is less than $3.

The nib of this fountain pen is harder than that of the Pilot, but more flexible than that of the Lamy. When writing, you will find it is really smooth.

But an obvious shortcoming is the barrel. The barrel of Jinhao 992 is made of plastic. But that's also why it's cheap.

In general, although the materials used in Jinhao 992 are not advanced, the key writing nib and sealing process of the fountain pen have not been lost. If you want to buy the best cheap Chinese fountain pen, Jinhao 992 should not be missed.

upgraded Hero 100 14K Fountain Pen Fine Nib, Solid Stainless Steel Well-Balanced Pen with Converter & Gift Case Set
  • Hero just released a updated 100 14k fountain pen with refillable converter.The new pen was made with solid stainless steel.It is a well-balanced pen.
  • The pen is compatible with 2.6mm disposable fountain pen cartridges and bottled ink.
  • Length: 14.2cm; Diameter :1.2cm ; Weights: 40g
  • Package : 1 x pen, 1 x booklet, 1 x converter and 1 x gift box
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee : If there is any reason you do not like the pen,just send us a message,we can offer you a full refund or replacement!

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Overall Rating: 4.9/5

If the Parker 51 is the classic of the Parker fountain pen brand, then the Hero 100 is the classic of the Hero fountain pen brand, which is of great historical significance and has collection value.

Both are very similar in appearance and in the quality of the various fountain pen components.

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The nib of the Hero 100 has no pattern decoration, and in terms of aesthetics, it will be relatively poor. Its cap relies on elastic pieces to hold it, and its airtightness is not as good as that of modern screw-types.

The grip area is large enough, so it is very comfortable to write on. And when you write, it's relatively smooth.

Overall, the "Hero 100" Chinese fountain pen is a decent entry-level 14K fountain pen.

Yongsheng 699 Vaccum Filling Fountain Pen Fine Nib, Brown Translucent Acrylic Solid Section Paper Box Set
  • ✔ Easy Filling –- Simply untwist the end cap, pull up then push down, ink is filled. To use the pen for longer, unscrew the piston knob a few turns to let ink flow from the barrel to the nib.
  • ✔Large Ink Capacity –-it is sufficient enough for long periods of use once filled, saving you valuable time.
  • ✔ Unique Design–- Translucent acrylic, very beautiful. Piston absorption filling. You can see the ink around in the barre sloshing.
  • ✔ Smooth Writer–- The Fine nib was made of stainless steel with gold plated which ensures you have a smooth writing experience.
  • ✔100% Satisfaction Guaranteed-- If any troubles about our fountain pens, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are glad to solve any problems with you. Order with confidence and enjoy a wonderful life!

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Overall Rating: 4.4/5

The workmanship of Wing Sung(Yongsheng) 699 is still solid, and the price is reduced to the lowest point under the premise that the negative pressure and the golden nib are well done.

It can be said that it is not far from making an excellent negative pressure fountain pen gold nib.

Wing Sung 699
Preview
Yongsheng 699 Vaccum Filling Fountain Pen Fine Nib, Brown Translucent Acrylic Solid Section Paper Box Set
Material
‎Stainless Steel
Point Type
Fine
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PILOT 823
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PILOT"CUSTOM 823 - Plunger Type/Transparent Brown" (nib : Medium)
Material
Resin
Point Type
Medium
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It is worth mentioning that the FEED of Yongsheng 699 has an additional nib positioning, which is the triangular protrusion in the picture below.

FEED of Yongsheng 699

Combined with the triangular indentation at the end of the nib, it is easy for beginners to locate the nib even if the nib is reinstalled.

Overall, this Wing Sung fountain pen is worth recommending for everyday writing.

PENBBS 456 Vacuum Filling Fountain Pen Resin Transparent Body Iridium Fine Nib Writing Gift Set - Transparent and Silver Clip
  • Fashion and exquisite design,beautiful resin barrel brings a new style pens which meets your visual aesthetic,
  • Made of super quality resin, the pen grip is ultra-light and super smooth.Giving you a cheerful writing experience;
  • Work with bottled ink,just choose your own color to add ink into the ink reservoir;
  • Quality assurance, value for money.Perfect gift to choose. Let it accompany the one you loved with every cherished moment.

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Overall Rating: 4.4/5

Penbbs 456 also uses negative pressure inking. The appearance of this green fountain pen barrel is also relatively rare, giving people a fresh feeling.

When you hold the entire Penbbs fountain pen in your hand, there is no feeling of uneven weighting.

Although the nib of the Penbbs 456 is not as soft as those gold-nib fountain pens, it is fortunate that the damping feeling is not very obvious when writing.

Chinese Fountain Pen FAQ

Best Chinese Fountain Pen Brands

  1. Jinhao
  2. Hero
  3. Wing Sung(Yongsheng)
  4. Penbbs
  5. PICASSO
  6. TWSBI 
  7. Duke
  8. Moonman
  9. Kaco
  10. Hong Dian

How to Care for the Fountain Pen

care for the fountain pen

Frequent use: Use it often. The more you use it, the better it fits your usage habits.

Prevent falling: Be sure to prevent falling, the nib of the fountain pen is very precise, and it will be useless if you drop it. If you go out a lot, buy a pen case for protection.

Frequent washing: Frequent washing is also very important, because the ink is corrosive, and the components in the ink will be deposited in the fountain pen, which will cause the ink to be unsmooth. It is recommended to wash every two weeks.

Do not use boiling water to wash the fountain pen, it will damage the fountain pen.

Do not write on hard objects, which will damage the nib.

When the fountain pen is not in use, put the cap on and place the nib up. Otherwise the ink will solidify and clog the nib.

Conclusion

The article introduces many popular Chinese fountain pens, have you found the one you like?

With the longer use time, the nib of the fountain pen will also change, and it will be more suitable for your own hand feel. This is a feature that cannot be experienced when using other stationery!

Hurry up and buy a Chinese fountain pen you like and experience a different writing experience.

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