Being overbid many times or outside shipping zones on the search for a nice Parker 51 at an acceptable price I gave up and decided to go for a Hero 100 which actually I had my eye on for a long time already. I managed to win a bid on a burgundy red one against free shipping cost. Prices are getting steeper for the Hero 100 and they're not offered that much as e.g. the 329 or 616.
Very basic pen but very decently built. Stainless steel cap with a very fine brushed finish. Very straightforward clip, not in Parker style as I believe the older version use to have. The barrel is decorated with a chrome finished conical jewel. The pen has a nice weight, it's heavier than I expected. This is due to the steel threads on the section and the decent converter which is much thinner on the 329 and 616 models.
The pen has a 12 or 14k gold nib which is writing a fine line. At first instance the nib was writing very okay but it was somewhat toothy. Not scratchy but toothy, feeling the structure of the paper very clearly. Still though I was happy with how it was writing. I used a 3 layer nail buffer to smoothen it up a bit and that did do it some good. It's not buttery smooth or like ice on a hot plate or whatsoever.
As we all know it's a hooded nib based on the Parker 51 design. To be honest I like longer style nibs so I can see what is happening. With this style of section and nib the section is mostly overshadowing the nib on writing. But yet I do like writing with this pen and of late I've been using it as my most common pen for my daily work and journalling.
The inkflow is very good, nothing to complain about that. Not dry, not skippy, just perfect really.
The pen has a very decent squeeze converter. The 329 and 616 models have rather flimsy converters, but this one is really decent. Takes a good load of ink. Nothing much to say about the converter type. Just put the nib in and squeeze. On disadvantage of the design is that when filling you will need to put the section into the ink and it seems that just on the rounding part of the section under the feed some inkstains are forming that are hard to remove.
I've seen multiple reviews of this pen though not really that many. People are not as keen on this pen as on the 329 or 616. But I must say I'm really happy to have it in my collection. I have many other pens that I've bought that just end up standing there in the jar but this one is going out with me from day to day. Perhaps it will trigger me to try to get a real 51 sometime but for now I parked that plan as I think I have those tools that I really will utilize now.
Edited by MYU, 09 July 2009 - 10:54.