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Hero Century Dragon Pen Review


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#1 candyjanney

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 18:16

I couldn't find a review on this pen so I thought I'd say a few words even though I am a total FP newbie..

I got this pen from Todd at isellpens.com. It was my very first pen purchase. Unfortunately the pen I got was a lemon or something because it skipped and flowed HORRIBLY. Even after cleaning and trying a ton of different inks. I contacted Todd and he was wonderful about the problem and he sent me a new one, which I am happy to say actually works correctly! My husband has officially stolen this pen from me which is fine because I have my new Cross Year of the Dragon to make me happy. =)

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Obviously it is a GORGEOUS pen, which is why I wanted it in the first place. It has a nice heft to it. It feels nice and balanced and feels good in my hand.

It doesn't have a screw top which I was mehhh about at first but the top snaps pretty damn tight. It would take some serious effort for the lid to ever come off on its own.

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Some nib creep here. The lemon pen I got before had the same which was why I was so confused at how bad it wrote! Maybe it's the ink I'm using as well. The ink I have in it now is a mix of HOD and Noodler's Ottoman Azure. I have Aurora Black coming today, who knows maybe that'll help with creep or make it worse lol. Husband has no problem with the creep so it's perfectly fine for him! =)

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I'm really happy with the ink flow. When I first filled it it took a few minutes to really start coming out but I figure that's how all new pens are. I was worried because the nib is super fine but the ink comes out effortlessly. BUT I do notice very rarely the tiniest bit of skipping happens if you are writing superrrr fast, like a really fast signature. Again, I dunno if that's normal for fountain pens with super fine nibs.

I think this is a damn good pen and my husband absolutely adores it! Now I'm just worried he's going to lend it to someone at work and have it get stolen. He's told me he gets compliments on it all the time. 9_9

Hope this review is okay! If you have any questions I'm happy to answer!

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Edited by candyjanney, 11 May 2012 - 18:17.


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#2 Pickwick

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 18:54

Nice review, I've just received a Hero 901 Gold/Black. I was fortunate, after flushing it through with warm soapy water it wrote a consistent line first time. After a week of use it's still proving reliable.

Mine has some heft to it also and I've discovered why. I want to create an Art Deco design to complement the stylised ocean wave around the cap. When I stripped off the coating from the barrel, I discovered it's made of steel, reinforced with a tightly coiled spring of steel inserted! Like yours even capped it's a well balanced pen.

It looks as though these pens, if they're all made of the same material will last several lifetimes, and also stand up to a lot of rough treatment, not too sure whether the coatings used will.

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#3 Uncle Red

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 19:06

Nice first review. Todd does have great customer service.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 14:10

Thanks for this review.
I have the Jinhao 5000 ( http://www.fountainp...lay-pen-review/ ) which seems to use the same overlay but a different section, cap finials etc. Fascinating to see the differences.

Thank you for showing that the nib is fine. I shall have to consider whether or not to get one now, as I dislike fine nibs.

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Richard.

#5 teketeke

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:10

You should try "flossing" the nib a little. There are some folks around that sell the crazy-thin brass sheets; maybe a bit more flow would help with the minor issues. I just saw an awesome thread on nib adjusting, and I'll post the link if I recover it...






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