Have you tried hot glue for plugging cap holes?
Not hot glue. Both pens have inner cap sleeves, but both tend to leak air. The 612 (yes, another Hero model# correction here, it's the Hero 612) seems to leak through the screw hole at the top of the cap and the 360 leaks at a hole in the top where a screw (or other blockage) aught to be. Because of that, hot glue isn't really an option. A tooth pick or similar covered in some sort of resin adhesive has been applied, and I'm awaiting the results. So far, a gentle blow test show the holes sealed.
I have the plain one. It's very solidly built. The nib needed some flossing to get the flow moving, then it became a useful and attractive pen.
I wouldn't mind one of the leather ones, but the 519 FPs appear to be off the market now: only the rollerballs seem to be available. I always meant to get a couple more, but never got around to it.
They appear to be back on ebay now. I see the leather fp, the black fp, and the roller. I'm planning to either polish the gold plating off of the nib or buy a #6 nib to use instead, I don't like gold nib on silver trim.
Does the Noodler's line quality as cheap?
Dangit, I knew I was forgetting another one. I will plan to add that in an edit to my original post as well.
I have found the Lami converter to be very poor. No real piston suction. Unfortunately for the beginning fountain pen user, this is a real negative. What ever happened to proper inbuilt pistons such as those used by Pelikan and MB? Why is it that $250 and up fountain pens continue to hand us converters instead of inbuilt pistons? A real turn off since I have found the quality of converters to be incredibly awful. If you can't supply a converter that actually draws ink, what is the point?
I've never had a converter that failed to operate. The Lamy does tend to, for one reason or another, pull a small bubble at the top of the converter, but I always attributed that to some air in the feed getting pulled out.
As far as the integral filling system vs. cart/converter, I'm probably more on the latter's side... I understand how the integral filling system is part of the art of the pen, and by comparison, c/c pens look kinda like ballpoints to FP users; MB BP's are just fancy tubes, wheras the FP versions are proper, fully worked out tools.
That said, c/c pens have these advantages: no need to keep a bottle of ink with you, just a small cart. Can be left empty for a flight, and keep a cart handy for when you land, can be disassembled more easily (I dislike pens that cannot be maintained by the owner), can be filled without dipping the nib (keep the nib all clean and shiny), can be replaced for $5-10 without disassembly, and more often can be converted to ED. So as a tool, they're typically adventagous over integral fillers.
Edited by gmcalabr, 31 May 2013 - 22:45.