Jinhao x450

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by. This pen was provided by Pen Chalet for review and you can find dimensions and pricing details on their site

Really sorry about the awkward drawing in the video. I remember when I taught English, many of my students would make mistakes that turned their sentences into innuendo. I would try not to laugh and I think what happens to my drawings is punishment for all those times I did laugh. :-/


Anyway, onto the pen. It’s a nice substantial large pen available in many colours with gold trim. It’s a cigar pen made of lacquered metal–possibly brass.  It’s heavy but not too heavy. I didn’t find it too fatiguing for longer writing sessions. It looks nice and classy and doesn’t look like a cheap pen at all. 

The nib is a number 6 steel medium and performs well with its plastic feed. Mine has a tiny burr on the cross stroke but nothing a bit of micromesh or figure 8s on a brown paper bag couldn’t take care of. I like that the nibs are easily swapable with loose nibs of the same size by pulling out the friction fit nib and feed. Makes the pen very versatile. 


It comes with a much better converter than Jinhaos I’ve used in the past making this total package one of the best values I’ve seen. Do you have one? Are you a fan? Gonna get one? Let me know in the comments. 

8 Comments

  1. Brian

    Nice review, thanks. I have the black version of this, and I like it very much. It is fairly wet, no skipping, no feedback or feeling that it drags across the paper. I’m impressed with it, and what a price!

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      It’s such a fabulous bargain. I’m glad you’re pleased with yours. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  2. Manuel Collazo

    I have several of these pens the x450 is one of my favorites excellent pens

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Excellent for sure. Hope the improving quality of Jinhao pens forces other manufacturers to raise their game

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  3. Michael Simon

    I like my Jinhaos. The nib quality is not quite consistent, but I have not had any problems. I have put a #6 Goulet nib on a 159 and love the feel when I write with it. I have not experienced any problems with Noodlers inks, but when I got a sample of Bay State Blue, I made one of my X450s the pen for it and have been happy to be able to use the ink without worrying.

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Good stuff. Thanks for your feedback. I actually gave the last of my baystate blue away at Scriptus (Toronto pen show) this past weekend. It shall not destroy another pen–not one of mine anyway

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  4. Bruce

    Retrieved one off of ebay. A nice looking pen. BUT the cap is not at all secure, pulls off with almost no effort. So I won’t use it other than out of the pencup.

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Interesting. Mine is very secure. I wonder if the white inner cap on yours is solid or cracked

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