My two new Hero 68 pens arrived in the mail, not 15 minutes ago (well they could have been sitting in my mailbox longer, but that's besides the point). Some background first, I suppose, since I've never actually done a pen review before.
By the way, technically called: New Hero 68 Fine Iridium Nib Fountain Pen Rotary Blot Black
I bought both of these off of ebay from a seller called millionshare. The initial price is 4.99, I got them for a bit less because I bought multiple. Free shipping too, so overall an excellent deal, I thought. On first impression from the ebay website itself, I thought both of the pens looked very sleek with the black and gold colouring. Not that it's actual gold, at that price, but it looks gold anyways.
Upon unboxing, the first thing I noticed was the weight of the pen. It is listed at 47 grams on ebay, I would estimate that to be about accurate. Perhaps a bit heavier than my Cross Bailey, but very similar.
Unposted length of the pen is an even 5.5 inches (14 centimeters). When posted it is *quite* a bit longer, sitting at 6 and 5/8ths inches (~16.5 cm). It does post very snugly, which I am happy about. The cap clicks on securely, I have no doubts about that remaining in place.
Inking- I am happy to say that the pen does come with a converter. I'm sure it takes some type of cartridge, but I don't bother with those. No reason to when I have bottles of ink at the ready and a converter.
There is feathering on a sheet of standard printing paper (I don't have anything fancy to write on, I'm sorry). I would definitely not be able to use this on a notebook for school or anything. Now the pen was advertised as a "Fine" nib. I can say for certain that this is not the case. It is slightly beyond what I would call a medium- a fat medium, or an extremely this broad.
The nib is made of iridium and some other gold-like material. I would not say gold plated, perhaps it is bronze. It is two tone.
I do however notice that my blue ink (tried blue with one pen and black with the other) is much thinner and lighter with this than the black. Now I do not know if this is due to nib variation, ink variation, or whatever else. I will say that the nib bends very easily. It is not however meant to be a flex nib- the quality of the pen makes it so that if pushed too hard the tines will stay apart. They did eventually come back together, but with some coaxing from my fingers.
Other features: non-essential
The clip- Gold or brass colored, with a nice look to it. Has a bulge around the top, for cosmetic purposes. Slides easily around my shirt pocket, does not easily fit in my jeans pocket. Still quite secure, but with the weight of the pen I would be wary of carrying it in a shirt pocket lest I bend over and it slip out.
The button and end caps- Plain shiny black, I actually like them.
Cap fit- not seamless, there is a ridge between the pen and the cap.
Grip- plastic grip, with small ridges around all the way for help securing. Feels very smooth up and down, very secure around the grip.
Now for some images...
Unfortunately my camera is pretty bad, so you will have to settle for some writing samples. My handwriting isn't all that great either, now that I think about it. Forgive me .
If I missed anything, let me know.
Edit: These are images from the ebay seller, but here ya go.
Edited by bizmiard, 23 November 2012 - 21:45.