I'm going to start my description of the Baoer Sonata by comparing it to another pen -- the Parker Sonnet -- to which it pays homage. The Parker Sonnet has been a very popular fountain pen model, available in a myriad of finishes, for close to two decades now. The Baoer Sonata captures the main design highlights of the Sonnet at a much lower price point.
I've selected the black version of each pen to give you a look at the models side-by-side. The Jinhao Sonata is a touch longer when capped, measuring 5-3/8" (5-1/4" for the Parker), 6-1/8" posted (5-3/4" for the Parker) and 4-5/8" with cap held aside (here the Parker takes the lead at 4-3/4").
The width of the two pens is virtually identical, as are the arrow clips and cap tops. The one noticeable difference is the slightly wider cap band of the Parker -- and of course the 'Parker' or 'Baoer' engraving appropriate to the pen.
Both pens are cartridge/converter style, although the Parker takes proprietary cartridges or converters, while the Baoer uses the more universal International style. The Parker will typically have an 18K or 14K gold nib, while the Baoer has a gold-plated steel nib.
But enough about the Parker Sonnet! We're here to present the Baoer Sonata.
Along with the black, the pen is offered in a steel 'Flighter' version, as well as three lacquered colors -- red, blue and green -- that I've added the appellation Tiger to, as that's what their colored and black stripes bring to mind. It's somewhat difficult to see or capture in a photo those on the dark blue model, but the red and green show up clearly.
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Revised: January 22nd, 2015