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Posted 15 February 2007 - 22:19
I wanted a couple more Parker 51 clones, namely the Hero 616 Jumbo model, to play with, and while ordering on line, noticed the even less expensive also-clone, the Hero 329. So to spread around the the shipping fee, I ordered a couple of those as well, just for giggles. My PayPal payment to Isellpens went in on 2/13, and the pens arrived today (2/15) via Fed Ex. I hate these long shipping waits, don't you know? Anyway, I inked up one of the 329s (marked "FINE LINE" in black paint at the end of the cap, hope that comes off!), and indeed it is a fine nib. To my surprise, this steel nib writes very smoothly, though on the dry side (my old 616 medium nib flows like a fire hose). I'm not in love with the looks of the pen (not bad, but not as nice as the plainer 616, the 329 has a gold plated flat cap tassie a la Parker 75, indented small gold plated barrel tassie, a thin, chrome plated washer between the hood and barrel that comes pre-corroded, and a clip fashioned from a plain bent metal strap with sharp and rough edges), but for five bucks, I can't complain. Well, I can, but no one will listen. So if you happen to be ordering from a Hero seller and need a low cost, fine point pen, and don't care about the looks, add a Hero 329 to your order, will be hard to beat for the money.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 02:08
I also go a Hero 330 -- it appears to be the same pen with a gold plated cap with metal jewel and a Sheaffer school pen style conical end on the barrel.
Another very similar pen I got is a Hero 343 -- matte aluminum barrel and cap with a pretty little scene painted on it. Will go to my niece for birthday or Xmas, it's a bit froofy for me to carry around.
I'm using my 616 in black every day, and my mother is using the burgundy one to write letters with. Very fine, wet writers, some of the best nibs I've got.
Now you're gonna make me ink another pen....
Edited by psfred, 16 February 2007 - 02:09.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 02:47
Posted 16 February 2007 - 03:04
|Hmm, must be two models of Hero 329's out there.|
Yup, here is the current model ($4.99 on Isellpens):
Here is the older "Star Trek" model ($9.99 on Isellpens):
(Images from Isellpens web site, no relation, just a happy customer.)
Posted 16 February 2007 - 05:54
With just our noses
Posted 16 February 2007 - 05:55
With just our noses
Posted 16 February 2007 - 10:06
But, it looks kinda thin to me, different from the one on the pic (thinner than the Frontier, say). Is there "ladie's" sized 329?? Or should I get the jumbo model of the 100...
Posted 16 February 2007 - 13:50
Edited by duanshuncn, 16 February 2007 - 13:50.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 15:00
|QUOTE (duanshuncn @ Feb 16 2007, 05:50 AM)|
| We often buy them by box which contains ten pens and select the best one to use. |
The concept of Quality Control seems to be absent from the Hero 329 line. I have three of them and they all arrived in different states of disarray. However, if your willing to fix them up they do make very nice carry anywhere pens. At the price point they go for it isn't a dissaster if one goes astray that you suffer with most other pens mentioned on this forum.
Cleaned up, a little tine adjustment, maybe a little nib polishing, throw in a bottle of ink, makes a great gift to the youth to start them out........
Posted 16 February 2007 - 19:34
The Hero 329 Rice Test!
Pen: Hero 329 w/fine (extra-fine?) nib
Ink: Waterman Blue Black
Rice: C&F Foods fancy long grain white
Okay, not as well done as the example on another thread, operator error in this case. With a steadier hand, it looks as if the Hero 329 is indeed "rice capable".
Posted 17 February 2007 - 04:21
Okay, hotshot, let's see YOUR rice calligraphy!
Posted 17 February 2007 - 05:41
Pen: Hero 329 with fine nib
Ink: Parker SuperQuink Black
Edited by duanshuncn, 17 February 2007 - 06:23.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:32
Posted 18 February 2007 - 06:50
|QUOTE (Nihontochicken @ Feb 17 2007, 08:32 PM)|
| .... As an aside, I've noticed a number of "best pen value" type of polls on FPN lately, yet few if any include Hero as a choice.|
...but at around $10 a throw, the 616 has just got to be one of the best current values.
Again, I just wish Hero would simply upgrade the 616's materials and finish to 100 levels (crack-prone shell aside).
The "value system" of the masses are always interesting to study. As an aside do you always notice how someones request for a "good $25 pen" grows in a thread to a $438 XXX DLUX?
Probably isn't going to happen but Ditto again.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 15:33
Posted 18 February 2007 - 19:01
|I can't even SEE rice grains any more without help, let alone write on them!|
Ah, ha, now I see where you're coming from. My "secret" is that I have severe myopia, about seven diopters worth. The one upside is that I can easily focus on something about five inches away. Unfortunately regarding rice writing, my hand is not as sure as my eye. A better example is by Kissing
on this page
Seems the Hero 237-1 needlepoint nib may be the cost-effective tool of choice for this.
Posted 19 February 2007 - 21:28
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