This week, the next Lingmo has arrived. It is just as nice a writer as the first one, so QC does not seem that big of an issue if I dare say so after two samples in my posession. It just happens to write a tiny bit broader, yet is not quite a European medium.
This one, interestingly, does not have the rubber O-ring between barrel and section to keep the two parts from unsrewing when you uncap the pen.
I love it, though the transparent model might be better suited for those important business meetings that we all attend these days 😉
You be the judge with these comparison shots :
Chinese fountain pens are getting better. This steel-nibbed Lingmo also comes in some very nice packaging. It writes with a not too fine line and my sample is VERY nice, if not quite as smooth as my Pilot Prera. The plastic body does not feel cheap at all. The Lorelei obvisously wants to mimic Sailor pens from Japan.
I have yet to figure out what cartridges can go with it. Neither Pilots nor Internationals seems to fit, so you might be stuck with the included converter that works quite well. I could imagine that original Sailors might fit.
I have included a size comparison shot with my Pilot 74 demonstrator. The Lingmo is a rather small pen with a slim section. People with big hands might have a problem with it.
Being quite impressed with it, I have already ordered a second one of these in acrylic blue. I hope the quality control works well on these pens as they are quite eye-catching.
Yes, all you Japanese people out there 😉
I do own the real thing and shoot it every other weekend. It is put together like a Les Baer or SIG 210 and when I do my part, it shoots quite well. Someday, I´ll have that forged steel hard chromed and some decent sights installed. At the moment, I run some Millet style fixed rear, have shortened the biting hammer and put Uncle Mike rubber panels on it. You do not see many of these around these days.
If this pistol had been made with a single stack 9+1 capacity and a slightly shorter barrel (read: Commander), I´d love it even more. The fat grip makes indexing under high stress a matter of sights. A Smith 39 points better, but does not hold 15+1 rounds.
You can´t have your cake and eat it, too.
It seems like Chinese homage knives in the low price segment keep getting better. One of the latest Sanrenmu Land models is the 9103, which could be called a 710 on steroids. A flat ground blade of Swedish 12C27 stainless steel is coupled with a frame-lock all-steel handle featuring lightening cutouts underneath.
My sample has a nicely centered shaving sharp blade with a lockup that slips 2/3 under the blade with a seriuos detent action, making opening a tad hard, but carry all the more safer.
I have to lament that I could not get the torx screw of the ambidextrous clip removed yet. Maybe I buggered the screwhead too much already or I just do not have the correct torx bit. Anyway, the screw quality on Chinese knives is still an issue.
There is also a stonewashed black version of this model ( # 9104 ) and if you can live with the fact that it is a ripoff design from a classic Chris Reeve having a somewhat slippery handle, I strongly recommend getting one of these.
Another gold-nibbed Pilot has joined the family and it is just as amazing as its dark blue counterpart. Pilot nibs are great and prove that you do not need to spend that much money to get into the gold-class. These pens can be had for under 100 dollars at your doorstep shipped from Japan, even including customs fees and taxes. This is a demonstrator transparent model. Granted, there is not much happening in a cartridge/converter FP and it looks a bit silly with the cartridge in it, so I will set this one up for a converter. As it is, there is almost enough room for an emergency cash bill in the clear plastic barrel 😉