Hi all, I was just about to hit buy on a lot of Hero 616 pens, which would render each pen a mere 50p each.
Why do I want them?
I don't know. I've been looking at cheap Chinese pens for 4 weeks, it's time I bought something already.
Buying a lot of this style of pen would:
- allow me to test several ink mixes in the same nib
- use a fine nib, which I prefer in the mean time
- feel old-schooly. My sister, who is 10 years my senior, probably used a Hero pen of the same appearance when she was in school. That was a long time ago, and I was pretty young. I remember buying those pens from the nearby grocer for her. Would be fun to have one in hand a couple score years later.
Now of course I've learnt that it is a copy of the much higher end Parker 51 (comparatively).
The question is. Just before hitting buy-now, I read somewhere that the Hero 100, and maybe other Hero 3## pens, may in fact be better-built, or feel smoother to write with, while looking very similar anyway. Is this true?
Am I going to buy something I will regret buying and tell myself why didn't I buy the other one? What do you recommend in terms of build-quality and smoothness of the nib, in this family of pens?
BTW, I've always loved exposed nibs, but a certain unnamed Sheaffer hooded pen that I posted about in the Sheaffer forum got me into the mood for a hooded pen... or 10.