1. Appearance and design- 4/5.
Of course, since the 616 jumbo is a copy of the parker 51, the credit for the design goes to parker, but the chinese have done a good job in replicating the parker 51 design.
2. Construction and size- 3.5/5.
The finish is generally good, with some light spots in the plastic, suggesting that the plastic thickness is not even in some areas. The metal cap and the clip are really solid. Since i also have 2 parker 51s at home, i can compare the two, but i have to keep in mind that the Hero is extremely cheap. The plastic on the P51 is of much better quality, but the hero doesn`t feel that flimsy either- i mean, i have seen worse. The dimensions are very similar to that of the parker design(sorry, i didn`t have the 51 close for a visual comparison), but the balance is different. The body of the hero is very light, and the cap is fairly heavy; however, the pen posts very well and with the cap posted the pen is still a bit top heavy, but comfortable during use- so no problem here. The cap grips securely to the body when closed, the clip is very stiff.
3. Nib and writing 4/5.
Ah, my favorite part. I have tried 3 of these pens, and i have reached the following conclusions: the quality control is good, the nibs are almost the same, haven`t come across any misaligned nib, but one difference i have noticed is on the wetness department. Some pens are drier, and write like an extra fine nib; others have a normal ink flow and write like a true fine- i like these.
The nib has no tipping, but it is definitely smooth, with a specific feedback(probably because of the lack of tipping).
Usually these pens start writing right away, but in the case of the pens with a drier nib, the nib skips a little at the beginning of the word, after which performs normally. The one i`m using never skips and starts right away.
4. Filling system 4/5
The hero 616 jumbo uses a aerometric filler which is better than other similar sistems fitted on chinese pens. Also, it takes a good amount of ink, again better than average. It also has a small ink window which allows the user to see if it has any ink left. One thing that i noticed is that if you fill the pen completely, it has the tendency to spill ink, so it`s better to spill back a few drops of ink after filling it.
Price and final remarks 4.5/5
I have tried several chinese pens, but the one i feel most comfortable writing with is definitely the hero 616 jumbo version(aka Doctor). As i said, the pen is so good(considering the price) because it replicates the parker 51 design. The size is right, it has the classic parker design, the nib performs well and if you get one with a slightly more generous ink flow, you`il probably be pleased with it, considering these cost about 4 dollars a piece(which is amazing). These are generally reliable pens, good for everyday use- i enjoy using mine(it`s the only chinese pen about which i can say that).
Keep in mind that some of these pens are fake hero pens, i get mine from user yespen from ebay.
Sorry for the lousy pictures.
Edited by rochester21, 15 April 2013 - 16:43.