How does China make such cheap fountain pens?

The topic of cheap Chinese fountain pens comes up regularly on reddit, as I’m sure it does at FPN/FP Geeks, blogs, and in the minds of anyone who has looked around for pens and noticed that the Chinese brands are just incredibly cheap. The discussion raised the usual questions you might have about Baoer, Hero and Jinhao: how do they make them so cheaply? Of course, the quality isn’t all that but for $2, shipped with a converter to your door, it’s a pretty amazing deal. Particularly when you look at something like a Pilot Metropolitan ($18, no converter, no shipping) or Lamy Safari ($30, no converter, no shipping). So today, I thought it might be interesting to have a look at how the Chinese manufacturers do what they do, whether its sustainable, and what that might mean for the future of the FP market

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