The nib on Hero 616 is just absolutely butter smooth --- it glides rather than writes. I recently received a Pilot Prera - one of those new clear body ones - and the nib cannot even compare to the Hero 616. The nib on Prera is dry and scratches sometimes. I have to say I am somewhat disappointed at the Prera's performance cause I have heard so many nice things about this pen, plus it is not cheap cheap. I almost cannot stand writing with the Prera after I touched the Hero 616... It is simply too different!
Penmanship is pretty much a worse version of Prera. I used to like that pen as well - when there was no comparison! Now unless I need extra fine lines or super tiny words, I don't even touch that pen anymore... I guess maybe one day I will feel about the same with the Hero 616, however it is hard to imagine a pen much much smoother than that fantastic nib!
And the expensive Parker Sonnet - I have to say I cannot love it too much due to the huge "fine" nib (spring nib) but even if it has a thinner nib I would still write with my Hero 616...Just love the feel of that nib!
And although Sheaffer Imperial Deluxe II is smooth too and feels much better on hand (and post much better than the Hero 616) but if we are only doing the "bang for the buck" comparison the Hero 616 is still a winner... In China it is less than 10 bucks for 10 of them. I am seriously thinking about purchasing mass quantity of those awesome pens next time I go back.
All in all, I guess the essence of this post is --- if you just want a really smooth pen that cost almost nothing to be around as a daily workhorse, choose Hero 616!!!!! I just absolutely adores it right now.
Edited by chasy_price, 20 February 2011 - 05:11.