You're right: the pens coming from a number of Chinese players are really remarkable. Without going to far up in price some of these have really upped the quality control and basic design work. There is a pen forum based somewhere in Asia (I say that because I can't remember for certain if they are in China) called Pen BBS. They have been marketing their own custom lines of pens and they are unique, handsome and well-made pens. If I can find some images handy I'll post them tomorrow. There will always be the throw-away pens, but we may be entering a new era of very fine entry-level pens. That's not a bad thing!