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[Pen/Pencil Review] The Baoer 79 Starwalker Replica Fine Point Fountain Pen

Posted by reudaly on October 1, 2012 in Review, writing instruments |

So, my “big” purchase at the Dallas Pen Show – besides renewing our subscription to Pen World was the Baoer 79 Starwalker Tribute pen. This is a replica of the Montblanc Starwalker, which I do want someday but totally can’t afford now.

The Baoer is a decent replica. It’s not one of the lightweight, cheap plastic knockoffs. This has some heft and weight to it. It has decent balance and a good length for comfortable writing. This pen is 5.5” long capped and 6” long with the cap posted. The nib is a fine point stainless steel. The accents are solid and well-made. The cap screws on both for posting and as capped, so there’s no chance of losing that.

But there are some issues. This Baoer came with a converter, even though I was told that it would work with typical cartridges. Granted it could’ve been the cartridge, but I couldn’t get ink flowing from the cartridge to the nib. I had to use the converter. I found that awkward.

Getting the pen to work after a rest does have some skips until the ink is flowing. But once it gets going it seems to be okay, but that’s a bit annoying. To have to “prime the pump” so to speak isn’t my favorite thing. But considering it was $25 at the show (and probably can be had cheaper online), instead of the Montblanc price? I’m pretty happy with my replica.
The numbers:

1. How does it work?0.5 It’s decent. It’s not the best. It has some skips and jumps. Once it gets going it’s smooth, but it has to get going.
2. Grip and feel1 – This I like. It’s a solid weight. It feels like a more expensive pen. It’s pretty comfortable.
3. Material1 For an relatively inexpensive replica, the materials seem solid. It doesn’t FEEL cheap. The hardware is stainless steel and the resin body is strong.
4. Overall Design0.5 – It’s still a replica. It’s got a decent design. I’d like more flow through the nib. And though the screw tops are secure, they take some getting used to.
5. Price Point0.5 – Though it’s not a Montblanc, it’s still not the cheapest price point in the world. $25 for a solid replica is a decent price, but it’s still pricey for the frugal.

3.5 out of 5 Bronze Pencils

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