Hero Carbon Ink: Initial Review
Posted 09 January 2010 - 03:16
Posted 09 January 2010 - 03:59
On another note, Hero 616s are very inconsistent so it might be the seal.
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Hero 616 - <font color=#000000> Noodler's Blackest Black Old Manhattan </font color=#000000>
Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:59
Posted 09 January 2010 - 13:09
Posted 11 January 2010 - 03:35
Posted 13 January 2010 - 21:59
The ink is definitely beautiful. Dark rich black, no feathering—as my first ink it made me wonder why everyone cared so much about inks if cheap ink could be this good, but I had no idea it was famous for killing pens.
Last year from October or so I had used it and had no problems at all with clogging, tines getting stuck, ink flow, slow starting etc. But I used the pen everyday—sometimes even multiple fills a day. (I washed it once in December when it took a break.)
Now that I've got more pens, I'm starting to get a little worried as I don't use it everyday. (I'd use it everyday, but the Hero 508 has a tiny ink capacity, so it is a pain when it runs out in the middle of a lecture or something. It is my favourite pen out of writing quality though, so I use it as my main writer when I don't have to write at length and for all my shorter classes where it wouldn't run out—though I don't have many of those shorter classes, only two on Monday, and I'm thinking of using it on one on Thursday.) So far had it inked for a week or so and had no problems. I'll see how it goes for now, and I might think of switching to something else later, though I hope I don't have to since it is nice. Though I think the 508 is a fairly cheap pen, but it is a nice pen and is my first pen, so I don't want to go getting it killed by this ink.
Edited by sokuban, 13 January 2010 - 22:00.
Posted 15 January 2010 - 04:51
Posted 15 January 2010 - 05:23
Need to have that Hero Carbon in my collection.
Posted 15 January 2010 - 15:26
I'm very glad it wasn't costly.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 21:27
I still prefer my Hero 508 as a writer, and I need a good permanent black come exam time, so I'll use it then; it just isn't practical for taking notes because of its tiny ink capacity, and I don't have another Carbon-black-friendly pen.
Oh yea, I got this ink for ¥4.50, which rounds out to about 70¢ if anyone wants to know how much they are getting ripped off in price. Though I suppose it doesn't really matter for the most part.
I'm just curious, has anyone ever tried Hero's normal black? Is it as dark and rich as the carbon black?
Edited by sokuban, 19 January 2010 - 21:29.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 21:33
An ink is an ink is an ink...
Posted 20 January 2010 - 04:54
I recommend this ink for use in cheap, Chinese pens, especially the Hero pens. I've already gone through 2 refills since I did the first review!
Posted 21 January 2010 - 01:49
Is Hero Carbon becomes as "dangerous" now as BSB?
An ink is an ink is an ink...
I don't know; I haven't had any problems with it yet.
Just seeing everyone make a big deal about it scares me.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 05:19
I'd like to stock up on about 3 more bottles of this ink. It's bulletproof and black as sin. It's worth the minor hassle to get good performance in cheaper pens. I still wouldn't put this in my Waterman or Sailor pens, but it's just perfect in Chinese pens.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 15:53
Currently inked pens:
Pilot M90 F- Iroshizuku Tsuyu-Kusa
Sailor 1911 EF - MB Blue
Twsbi Diamond 530 F-Noodler's "Taiwan Eternally Free" Black Strait
Posted 29 June 2010 - 06:21
My friend has a bottle of this stuff, and I asked to take a look and possibly try it. Somehow, I managed to spill some all over my desk and all. The good part is that it cleaned up entirely. Now, read on for the bad part.
It appeared that all I needed to do to clean it off was to rub the stain with my finger. The ink would then disintegrate into black powder. Now, I know that some inks, such as iron gall inks (I think) and Sailor's carbon inks have small solid particles in them. Yet, I dont think they behave in this manner. This ink looks and feels to me like a suspension instead of a solution. I would think that when the liquid component of this suspension dries up, such as in the feed of a pen, the solids may then clog the pen. I know that this may also happen with typical inks (solutions), but I think the drying time would be longer, and hence less risky. Someone please enlighten us on whether these claims are valid. This arts student hasn't touched chemistry for eons.
Basically, I am wary of filling my pens with suspensions. Inks like Pelikan Black are pretty concentrated solutions but still not suspensions--there is (or should not be) any solid component of Pel ink. I gave this ink a wide berth.
The ink I'm talking about is "Hero Advanced Carbonic Ink". It comes in a short and fat bottle with a tall cap.
Posted 29 June 2010 - 21:33
It is quite black (even though this is a fairly dry writer), dries fast, doesn't feather, doesn't bleed-through and it is permanent. I couldn't ask for more from this ink. It was a real bargain bought as a package from SpeerBob.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 22:04
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Posted 30 June 2010 - 03:17
It compares favorably to Kiwaguro on a price to performance basis. Kiwaguro is the better of the two, but it's also $22 a bottle versus $2 or $3 a bottle for Hero. The main thing about Hero ink is that I would never use it in a good pen, but in cheap Chinese pens, it shines. I would feel comfy putting Kiwaguro in any of my Sailor pens (and I often do).
Edit: Be sure to shake it well before filling!!!
Edited by bluemagister, 30 June 2010 - 03:20.