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Jinhao 165 Fountain Pen

Aside from the Platinum Preppy, and right along with the Serwex, the Jinhao pens are one of the most affordable fountain pens we carry.

People who use much more expensive fountain pens are often pleasantly surprised by the performance of Jinhaos. While they are not going to be as robust as your Safari, they will write, and write well. Quality control is also not going to be as superb as with the Safari’s (and even they, once in a while, let one through), but for $7.50, you can’t beat it.

Jinhao 165 Chinese Fountain Pen Review

Jinhao 165 Fountain Pen Writing Sample

People who just happen upon our shop often will come in and pick up a Jinhao and a bottle of ink because they’re interested in trying a pen, and the Jinhao’s are so inexpensive. These pens are a great way to get started in using fountain pens, especially because they already come with a converter, and choosing your bottle of ink is sometimes half the fun.

Jinhao 165 Fountain Pen - Medium Nib

The JInhao 165 is one of our more popular Jinhaos. One of the perks of running a bricks & mortar is that you can talk to people about their thoughts and likes and dislikes about pens. I must admit that some people feel that this Jinhao in particular is a bit “bling”, but it’s actually my personal favourite of all the Jinhaos we currently carry (but we’re expecting a new shipment in soon, with a few new pens!).

Jinhao 165 Lava Finish and Glossy Black Finish

Jinhao Lava Finish on the left and Glossy Black on the right.

The Jinhao 165 comes in a “Lava” finish and a glossy black finish. They’re both metal and fairly weighty – on my not-especially-accurate scale which only shows even numbers, the Lava is 32g and the glossy black is 30g.

It has a snap cap that quite secure, you can feel the click as the fits onto the pen. The section is smooth, black plastic, and the step up to the barrel of the pen isn’t too steep.

Jinhao 165 Two-tone Steel Nib - Medium

Right now, each model of Jinhao only comes in one nib size. The 165s are both around a medium-broad, and fairly wet. The nib says “18KGP” which might lead one to think that it’s 18K gold-plated, but I’m pretty sure that might just be some fancy marketing on the part of Jinhao…

The writing sample is done with Platinum’s Blue-Black.

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Writing Sample of the Jinhao 165 with Platinum Blue-Black

Jinhao 165 Writing Sample with Platinum Blue-Black Ink

So how does it write? It’s wet without being too wet – but then again, I like wet pens – no skipping, no starting issues. It’s smooth and flows along the page, I guess lubricated by the wetness. Unfortunately, there are no other nib size options for this model, no fine or extra-fine, no italics or stubs. The other Jinhao pens we carry, like the 126, will have finer nibs, quite fine.

For the price, it’s a great way to start using fountain pens, to have a few extra kicking around with different ink colours, or a gift for someone who may not know if they like fountain pens or not.

How to Clean a Fountain Pen with a Converter

If you have a fountain pen that takes a cartridge or converter, and you have the converter for it, this is the post for you on how to keep it clean.

This includes pens like the Lamy Safari with the Lamy converter or the Jinhao 126 that is used in the demonstration.

What you will need:
Your fountain pen
A converter that fits your fountain pen
Two bowls of water (or a bowl of water and the sink)
A cloth that can get a little inky

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Step 1: Swish your nib around in a bowl of clean water.

Step 1: Swish around the nib in the water. You will likely get quite a bit of ink right away, as the water will draw some of the ink from the feed and around the nib.

Generally, it is recommended that you use distilled water so you don’t get any of the minerals or fluoride building up in your pen, but I feel pretty comfortable with tap water at room temperature.

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Step 2: Draw water up and down through the converter.

Step 2: Draw up the inky water into the converter to begin flushing the nib. The water will be quite dark, but much diluted from the “pure” ink that was just in the pen. I like to move my nib around to the cleanest part of the water in the bowl as sometimes the inkiest water just kind of sits where it was just pushed out. Draw up and flush out several times until the water has been totally muddied up.

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Step 3: Wipe the nib to draw out ink.

Step 3: At this point, you can wipe off the nib to draw out any concentrated ink still left. The feed and nib use capillary action to draw out the ink when writing, so you should be able to draw a little water and ink onto your cloth.

This step is optional, but you should have a cloth handy anyways, so you might as well.

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Step 4: Repeat with a bowl of clean water – expelling ink back into the dirty bowl.

Step 4: Draw up water from the second bowl of clean water, and dispense that water into the dirty bowl. Do this several times until the water runs clear, and then maybe do it a few more times after that.

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Step 5: Wipe again.

Step 5: Wipe off. If you see any residual ink on your cloth, you will want to flush out a few more times.

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Step 6: Leave pen nib down on a cloth to dry overnight.

Step 6: Leave your pen nib down on a cloth or paper towel to draw out any moisture. You can do this overnight, and it’s particularly important if you’re cleaning your pen because you’re not using it and you want to store it – you don’t want moisture trapped in.

Filling a Converter with Ink

Many fountain pens are cartridge/converter fountain pens, which means you can use either disposable cartridges (pop a cartridge in the back and throw out when empty, or refill cartridges with syringe) or you can a converter.

Here’s how you can fill a pen, a Jinhao 126, with Noodler’s Operation Overlord Orange, using a piston converter.

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If you’re prone to accidents, you may want to use a paper or cloth underneath just in case. We like to live life on the edge.

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Your converter may be a twist converter, but it follows the same concept as this, which you push up and down like a syringe.

Ensure your piston is all the way down.

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Submerge your nib into the bottle of ink – make sure the whole nib is in the liquid. Pull up on or twist the converter to draw up ink.

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You may find you have a sizeable air pocket because there was already air in the feed through which you drew up ink. You can push the ink and air back down, and draw up again a few times to get rid of the air.

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Use a cloth or paper towel to dry off nib and grip section.

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Put it all back together.

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And you are good to go!

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