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#1 Dillo

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 02:56

Hi,

First of all, my first typed review in a long time. I wrote several including one on the Core.

This pen is a very faithful clone, or reproduction of the Parker "51" and has everything quite accurately reproduced.

The nib of this pen is a smooth, stiff, fine point. Not nearly as smooth as the Core, but quite smooth nonetheless. It is hooded and has a collector just like the original "51" does. The whole nib assembly is strikingly similar to the Parker "51" Aerometric nib assembly.

Like most Chinese pens, this one has a press bar filling system. As far as I know, my three 616 pens are the only 616s on this planet with an aerometric filling system. (Yes, I modified them) The filler holds a lot of ink and you can check your ink level by just looking at the clutch ring which is actually a very convenient inkview window.

The fit and finish of this pen is not bad at all considering the fact that I have seen worse pens. The cap actually has that five-fingered "51" clutch and the inner cap is very robust. Since the hood seals well around the inner cap, dryout should not be much of a concern. Neither should the inner cap crack easily. :) The clip is secured by a chrome jewel to the inner cap. Unlike the Hero 100, the cap is actually made of stainless steel and has a pattern of tight lines, followed by a space of polished metal; again, the pattern stamping is not bad. Under the hood, the collector is neat and does not look cheap and neither does the feed. My only gripes are that not all of the pens (I had ten, so there!) have a very smooth sliding clutch and clutch ring action.

Proportionately, this pens is faithful to the proportions of the "51" and can pass as one. I got my ten 616s from China and after showing everyone the quality of the pen, everyone I showed them to bought them. Overall, I give this pen 4 out of 5 nibs. Honestly now this is a VERY unbiased review. I used to see these things and say, "So what???!!" After looking at these, taking them apart and putting them through my hands for a day, it has changed my perception of Chinese pens. For once, these are my favourite Chinese pens.

For the record, right now I have:

Hero 100 brushed chrome
Hero 616 Maroon
Hero 616 Forest Green
Hero 616 Coffee black (Coffee is not really black--a bit brown)
Hero Dux--the one that looks like a vector
Student pen
Pink purse pen
Star pen
Hero 324 (I think I got the number right)
Speeno
Jin Hao 1013
Guanleming 706
Youth Parker Slimfold clone (Really cheap fit and finish, but writes smooth as butter without adjustment.)

This one of my collections--Chinese pens. All are great writers. Honestly now, the 616 pens have the best fit and finish save the Star pen (The Star pen is very clean, fit and finish wise).

Dillon

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 03:13

Nice review Dillon. Any chance of some pics, perhaps even side-by-side a real "51"? Also, what's the price point on these?
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Posted 05 August 2006 - 03:13

Hi,

One final word:

Hero has apparently improved the quality of their products time after time, so these are brand new stock.

Dillon

Stolen: Aurora Optima Demonstrator Red ends Medium nib. Serial number 1216 and Aurora 98 Cartridge/Converter Black bark finish (Archivi Storici) with gold cap. Reward if found. Please contact me if you have seen these pens.

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 03:15

Nice review Dillon. Any chance of some pics, perhaps even side-by-side a real "51"? Also, what's the price point on these?

Hi,

$10 was how much I would sell them on the Marketplace including priority mail shipment.

I sold most of my stock for $2 to my family. Everyone got one except for dad and all are happy.

Dillon

Stolen: Aurora Optima Demonstrator Red ends Medium nib. Serial number 1216 and Aurora 98 Cartridge/Converter Black bark finish (Archivi Storici) with gold cap. Reward if found. Please contact me if you have seen these pens.

Please send vial orders and other messages to fpninkvials funny-round-mark-thing gmail strange-mark-thing com. My shop is open once again if you need help with your pen.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 12:45

QUOTE
As far as I know, my three 616 pens are the only 616s on this planet with an aerometric filling system. (Yes, I modified them)


How'd you modify the pens? I'm going on vacation to Hong Kong and am planning to buy myself some 616s.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 03:01

I have got three 616s, but not smoother than hero 100!Because I live in Shanghai, I used to be the Hero Pen factory many times!Nowdays, the old pens which I like are less and less!

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 21:39

Dear Dillo: first excuse my school english and thanks for your time. My questions is simple: can I use the Hero 616 nibs for replacement in a Parker 51? Thanks again

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 16:05

Thanks Dillon for the review. As a result, I just ordered a Hero 616 from a contact in Hong Kong to see for myself.

Any experience with the Hero 330 or 551? Looking for a jumbo Hero that is up to 616 standards.

Edited by cuza, 02 September 2009 - 16:07.


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Posted 03 September 2009 - 00:27

Great review. The 616 has become one of my favorite pens: smooth nib, that neat clutch ring, perfect size and weight for me.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 06:50

I messed up. I punctured a hole in the sac, and it´s a mess. How can I replace the filling system for c/c?
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Posted 10 May 2010 - 06:53

I messed up. I punctured a hole in the sac, and it´s a mess. How can I replace the filling system for c/c?



Are you sure its worth the work bearing in mind the price of the pen?

 


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Posted 10 May 2010 - 07:20

Are you sure its worth the work bearing in mind the price of the pen?



The nib, my friend, the nib.

Given the fact that many here say that Hero´s nibs are luck of the draw in their adequacy, I rather do my best to save my one.

Plus, international shopping of pens is bothersome
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Posted 10 May 2010 - 08:13

Are you sure its worth the work bearing in mind the price of the pen?



The nib, my friend, the nib.

Given the fact that many here say that Hero´s nibs are luck of the draw in their adequacy, I rather do my best to save my one.

Plus, international shopping of pens is bothersome



Not sure how easy this is to perform but possibly a nib swap with a donor 616?

I have a handful of 616s bought for giveaways if you are stuck.

 


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Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:52

I'm pleased with the way my 616 handles, but I'm a bit disappointed that the clutch ring has scuffed the barrel after only a couple of months' use, and that not every day. A bit of an ugly duckling, all things considered, but reliable.

When you're good at it, it's really miserable.


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Posted 10 May 2010 - 10:31

I still keep one inked every day---with a mixed burgundy to match the barrel color.

(Easier on the eyes for editing than red).

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 10:48

I bought a box of these at less than 50 cents each from an eBay seller some time ago. Ended up giving all of them - bar one - away to others trying to encourage fountain pen use. They are a great basic pen.

But if you want to replace your old favourite Parker 51 then I suggest you go for a Hero 331 or 332 which are on a par with Parker quality wise and I think they could even write a little better. The cost will be a fraction of the price of a real 51.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 21:39

Thanks for a nice review.

I also have a hero 616, good writer. But the weight compare to my parker 51. Its a little on the
light side.

Is the hero 331 weight closer to the parker 51 I wonder ?

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 02:50

Is the hero 331 weight closer to the parker 51 I wonder ?


David, I don't have any precision scales but the 332 is a tad heavier than the 331 which is heavier than the 616. However, my Parker Super 21 (similar to 51) is still heavier than the 332.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 17:50

Got one of an eBay UK seller for £3 inc p&p. I've not used a P51 so can't compare but as a pen in its own right it looks business like has a nice weight and length when posted and is fairly smooth although I did work on the nib a bit. It needs filling a lot but its great as fine nib pen to keep on my desk at work and keep more expensive pens for meetings, letters, etc. it also has quenched my interest so I won't be forking out for a real p51.
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Posted 02 December 2014 - 00:51

You lost me at: "The fit and finish of this pen is not bad at all considering the fact that I have seen worse pens."


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