This is my first post and I am not new to fountain pens. I grew up in China and moved to Canada when I was 14. That was 10 years ago. Most of Chinese uses fountain pens today. It's my first time, however, to use fountain pens to write English. So, just in case my writing are illegible. Below is the full content of the hand written review.
Hello Fountain Pen Network:
I wanted call this a review, but nost likely none of you would ever know this pen. In fact, I bought this pen at a general convenience store in Toronto, which most likely imported all of their inventory from China.
They said this pen is "Hero" brand, which is well know in China. Its [Hero branded pens] status level is equivalent to General Motors in Auto industry. [That is, if people can afford better, they wouldn't use Hero, but general population uses Hero] This ink is also "Hero" "blue-black" colour, which I don't really like. [I just don't like the colour, but the viscousity is great] However, I haven't used a fountain pen in nearly 10 years so I am really excited to use one again.
This pen is sturdy, a little bit on the heavy side. I would imagine this to be heavier than Lamy CP-1. The flow of the ink is very well, as you can probably see. I would consider the nib to be between medium & fine. [Of course, it depends on how hard you press down on the nib. Chinese people actually press down on the nib. It would create a thicker line, which visually places an emphysize on a stroke of the character] The cap closes very well, not very tight, but have a "click" to it. However, it doesn't have a "click" when you post it.
This is my first time writing in English with a fountain pen.
My previous experience is always with Chinese.
Michael [My Chinese name]
("PS." I would prefer black ink)
Below, I just did a comparison writing in Chinese. Left side did not have any stroke "emphysized", right side had 3 strokes "emphysized". As you may see, right side looks more visually appealing. The picture is from blackberry which isn't good quality. I also forgot about the ink bottle.
Pen costed $3.99
Bottled Ink costed $2.99 for 60 mL
Edited by myob, 16 April 2010 - 20:52.