A hero that looks like a Sonnet?
I bought this pen from eBay for less than £5.00 including postage. I thought it looked a bit like a Parker Sonnet. I don’t have a Sonnet FP but I do have a Sonnet rollerball.
Here is a side by side comparison picture, the top pen being the Hero.
Here is another picture where I have swapped the barrel and cap, so I now have a Parker Sonnet with a Hero section.
and here back to the original barrel and cap
So, yes, it does look very much like a Sonnet.
A good looking, well proportioned pen with a large steel Hero nib
If you like the general design of a Parker Sonnet you will like the design of this pen. It looks like a Parker flighter. The cap, barrel and clip are all in silver coloured metal, I assume aluminium. It has a plastic jewel on the top of the cap that clicks on and off.
It is reasonably heavy pen, which for me is a good working weight. I find many Chinese pens with brass barrels too heavy.
Capped length 135mm, posted 150mm, barrel diameter 10mm. Caped the Hero is 1mm perhaps 2mm longer than the Sonnet.
When the barrel is screwed tightly to the black plastic section it has a firm well made feel. However before it is screwed tight it makes a very tiny/cheap metal sound.
Needless to say, the barrel and cap of the Sonnet are made to a much higher standard. The metal is very slightly thicker and it makes the pen very slightly heavier. The Sonnet feels nicer in the hand.
When posted the balance is slightly to the back of the pen but I find it a comfortable pen to use for extended periods.
The removable converter does not seem to hold much ink. For some reason I can ony get it half full of ink.
The steel nib is very like many other Chinese nibs I have used. It is quite smooth, but not the very smoothest Chinese steel nib I have used. It is a nail with virtually no flex at all. Ink flow is good. It is neither too wet or dry. It starts first time and does not skip. It was sold as an M and unusually, it is close to a European M rather than an F.
Well it is very cheap; like many Chinese fountain pens. It is certainly better than many of the bottom of the range Hero pens I have used, but I would not rank it as one of the best. So an averagely good Chinese pen. If you want a cheap workhorse that looks like a Sonnet, this could be the pen for you. However, do not expect great character.
The Hero is a fun pen to buy. Good for taking to places where there is a chance of loosing the pen. A good holiday pen. A good pen for taking notes. But not a great pen, not a pen that stands out in quality terms from so many other Chinese pens. However, I find many if not most Chinese pens have a blingy for me. I prefer this more understated design
Edited by vans4444, 03 August 2010 - 06:53.