I'll start by saying, don't let a 4 dollar pen fool you into thinking it can't be great for daily use. For context, my wife writes a few pages daily for her work, and is newly into fountain pens. We bought this because... well, it's cute. I'll admit I didn't expect much of this pen, but my wife didn't care whether it was technically a great pen because... well, it's cute. And for 4 dollars, we figured "hey, why not." That said, here are the factors that won her over:
-The pen is VERY lightweight. It's made of plastic, but so are other pens... For objective information, it's 11g with cap and 8g without (both weights include the converter with ink). Subjectively speaking, she typically prefers to write with pens unposted to save the weight in her hand (she has small hands) but this one she posts. While I suspect that's in part more to due with the cute factor than the feel of balance, the additional weight doesn't bother her for extended writing sessions like some heavier pens do.
-The grip is comfortable. She tends to prefer pens and pencils that have a triangular grip, and while it's hard to see in the pictures, it does in fact feature a contoured triangular grip. It's a nice feature to make sure you're holding the pen correctly for the nib, but it's also notably comfortable in her experience.
-It writes smoothly. This is a fine nib (which trends on the finer side being a Chinese pen), but it's surprisingly smooth to write with. I will note that we've used Monteverde ink in it thus far, and thus far it's had no issues. But bear in mind with a Chinese fine sized nib, that ink selection might be important.
-It comes with a converter. Seriously, for 4 dollars and it comes with a converter?
-It's cute. Have I mentioned it's cute?
So at the end of the day, for her this has beat out several name brand pens which cost 8x as much because it's more comfortable and lightweight and doesn't really sacrifice when it comes to writing in her experience. Also probably because it's cute :)
I love shark pens! And delivery
impractical? maybe, but fun? yes .
I love the Jinhao Shark for an inexpensive, take anywhere refillable, writing instrument. It always delivers and I don’t worry about losing.
This piston-fill fountain pen is super cute and writes very well. It is a little stingier as it dispenses ink than some others I have used, but I like that since I write fairy heavily. The nib is fine and not scratchy. The piston mechanism works well. I will buy again as a gift, keeping in mind that it does not come with ink.