I finally received the Elegant Fountain Pen Jinhao 301 Black with Diamond Fine Nib that I ordered two months ago. It cost three dollars and thirty-two cents.
Functionally, it is identical to the Jinhao 9009 that I reviewed here, right down to the difficulty getting the ink to feed and the sensitivity to nib angle.
It differs only cosmetically, with a thinner barrel, and the converter slides instead of twisting. The small “diamonds” that encircle the end of the cap come off easily, and the paint chips if you look at it crossly, but this unsurprising, given the price.
It is a true fine, almost bordering on extra fine, which suits my preferences very well. It’s a good, smooth writer, rivaling pens that I paid three times as much for.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive starter fountain pen, or one that writes well that you can abuse without remorse, this is a good choice. If you’re looking for something that will still look good years down the road, you should probably look elsewhere.