A few months ago, when the FP bug first hit, I read this board avidly for advice on where/what to look for in the way of pens. The Hero pens were discussed widely, especially the Hero 100, 616, and other P51 knockoffs. Their low cost made them attractive but I didn't want to blindly order a Hero pen from an online seller. So being that I'm in Manhattan, I made my way to Chinatown to find one (walked there and back from W. 17th St... don't ask).
After perusing the offerings at Oriental Cultural Enterprises on Elizabeth St., I came away with the Hero 5020, a flighter-style C/C pen. You can see a small set of photos here, including a writing sample:
Size-wise, the pen is very similar to my P51 aero. Capped and uncapped, it's a hair shorter. The barrel is also a slightly smaller diameter. The weight is about the same.
The pen body is fashioned entirely of finely-brushed stainless steel. In terms of fit and finish, it's almost all good. The cap snaps on with a nice audible click and is secure. However, the barrel doesn't sit straight in the cap; consequently, the pen has a little bit of wobble if you rotate the barrel in the cap. It's subtle and hard to notice unless you're looking for it. The pen posts securely but it's a tad top-heavy when posted.
There's a fairly tight arrow-style clip and a glossy black, rounded cap jewel. Around the rim of the cap is the stamped Hero name/logo under the clip. Around the back of the cap rim is "5020." The cap has an inner liner of white plastic.
It's a typical Chinese-made cartridge/converter pen with a typical twist-type converter. Nothing much remarkable about it. It works and the capacity is ordinary.
The steel nib is nail-stiff and is unmarked in terms of size. I'm guessing that Hero would call it medium, making it more or less a fine. Writing is not buttery-smooth but smooth enough. It's also a moderately wet writer. I've tried two or three different Noodler's inks in it and they all flow fine. The black section is comfortable for me and has slight flare at the end.
Having paid all of about $12.50 for this pen, I'd say it was good value for the money. At least one FleaBay seller has it for $7.50 shipped! At that price, it's a steal.
Edited by majorworks, 01 December 2009 - 19:59.