I recently received some Hero 9296 Accounting Extra Fine pens.They are a slim profile that will fit very well into a journal without bulging out the side. They have a semi shrouded nib which provides a good visual indication of where the nib tip is at.
I bought one for $3.99 including shipping from New Jersey. I got it - inked it and loved it. It writes very well. I ordered it on 2/25 and received it in Kansas on 3/4 - quickly I thought.
I was very impressed with the smoothness of the nib and flow of such a fine nib. The nib was perfect.I did do the flush and soak with a couple drops of dish detergent from a pan of water. This helps to clear the nib and convertor of any manufacturing oils or sediments.
Please note they come with a convertor the channel where the convertor sits is very narrow and does not accommodate the "normal international convertor".
I was so impressed that I ordered five more on 3/7 (for $15.00 on an offer basis incl prepaid shipping) and received them Saturday March 15th.
I have three of them inked 1st in black Waterman, 2nd in Blue Aurora, 3rd in Green Waterman.
I did choose to adjust the 2nd one. I did not flush and soak like I should have (make sure you do as it will make your usage perfectly easy). The Aurora blue was getting a little dry so I both refilled after a new flush and tweaked the nib ever so slightly (spread tines ever so slightly). It works perfectly now. It also writes a little wider which is what I wanted for the notebook I have it in.
All three are in different notepads / journal that I segregate for different uses. This fineness of nib works very well and does not soak or feather since the nib is so precise. All are very smooth and void of scratchiness. Amazing at this price. I think the semi shroud on the nibs make them easier to produce with good alignment etc.
The worst you can be out if you don't like them is around $4.00.
No affiliation to the seller except satisfaction on his service.
Here is link so you can look at the pen (again please note this is a slim pen - but makes perfect sense for its very fine nib):
I see he has one going off in 2 hrs for one piece @ 3.67. So I'll give you the link where he is shipping 5 for the grand total of $8.99. (I am tempted to buy 5 more for "backup").
the seller is millionshare if this link does not work or search Hero 9296 on eBay for any other sellers. There are several. I think they are all shipping out of a processor whse in Jersey.
Edited by Kansas Pen, 06 April 2014 - 21:31.