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Hero 750 and Wing Sung 712 review


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#1 Asian8640

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 04:04

Hi! This is my first review. It might not be great, it might not be up to your standards, but heck, I can only say as much as i know. Anyway, my first fountain pens arrived one week ago from isellpens.com. As previously mentioned in the title, they happened to be a Hero 750 and a Wing Sung 712. First off, the costs of these two pens are, in my opinion, are miles apart, considering the price of the Hero 750 is %650 of the Wing Sung 712. As for actual prices, the Hero 750 cost thirteen dollars and the Wing Sung cost me two dollars. Cheap right? Considering I don't have a steady source of income since my occupation is a student, this happens to be hefty sum for me. Meh. Not important. Anyway, the quality difference between these two pens is miles apart. Since Wing Sung was a company that was absorbed by Hero during the late twentieth century (don't remember exactly when) and this is probably one of their later models, it can be assumed that the quality of the Wing Sung pens were decreasing since the company had fallen on hard times, or that the quality was not too good to begin with. The Wing Sung has a fine point iridium tipped hooded nib. As for thickness,it writes a consistent fine line, but has constant problems of skipping. It's an aerometric fill and one very leaky pen. I left it sitting around for no more than half an hour, and it began to leak. I have no idea where it came from and it persists sporadically. The cap is some sort of metal brushed with gold and the clip is nice and springy. The body of the pen is a thin plastic, but by no means fragile. Aside from the inner leak, the ink does not leak out of the body. For two dollars, I would not recommend it, though the leak could just be a problem with this specific piece. Sorry, there are no photos of this pen. For photos, go to isellpens.com and check out the Wing Sung link. The Hero 750 is a very stylish pen. It is a light/medium weight pen made completely of plastic and some sort of gold plated metal (probably copper or steel alloy underneath). It is very sturdy and has a consistently fine nib with no skipping whatsoever and writes fine after days of sitting around. The body is a black lacquer with gold accents while the cap is accented in gold with vertical silver stripes a springy silver/gold two toned clip. More on the nib... It is a steel nib plated in gold and nicely engraved with the Hero logo. It writes more on the dry side and works well with Pelikan Brilliant Black 4001 ink. The downside is that the Brilliant Black is not so brilliant on this pen. It is more of a dark gray, though this can be seen as a positive point meaning that it is less of an ink guzzler. As with most moderately expensive to expensive Hero pens, it fills via converter and accepts international cartridges, though i have yet to test long international cartridges. Bottled ink is recommended with this pen since it seems to have a sticky time with the cartridges. Maybe I'll try again sometime. Ok. Hoped that review was up to acceptable standards.

P.S. Sorry, I will attach pictures at a later time. I can't seem to upload them. <Sigh> Aww well.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 20:22

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