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Hero 233 Blue Ink

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#1 visvamitra

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 19:25

Shanghai Hero Light Industrial Imp & Exp. Co., LTD is the owner of “HERO” and “DOCTOR” brands of fountain pens in China. The brand is well known in China and around the world. You may find it interesting to know that in Poland in seventies and eighties of the last century Hero fountain pens were ones of very few available on the market. Therefore a lot of people in Poland, especially senior ones, share sentiment for this company and it’s products.

 

Apart from pens and other products company offers also inks. It seems the colors available at the moment are Red, Blue, Blue/Black and Black but I may be wrong. They offer a wider variety of colorful inks in China. I ordered some on Taobao but haven't received them yet.

 

Fabri00 sent me samples of some inks and there were two Hero inks inside tha package - 232 and 233.

 

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Hero 233 is rather boring blue inks. In terms of colors it just drowns in the sea of other blue inks.

 

On the other hand the ink is reasonably priced and well behaved. My sad conclusion was it's actualluy better behaved than Caran d'Ache Chromatics inks and I don;t exagerate.

 

Drying time is reasonable and the ink doesn't cause feathering or bleedthrough. It cleans easily from the pen and didn't cause me any hard starts or skipping.

 

 

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

 

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Software ID

 

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Color range

 

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Maruman, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

 

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Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

 

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Oxford optic, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

 

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Water resistance

 

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#2 AL01

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 20:53

 Interesting. Do they have any nicer colours?



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:51

visvamitra,

 

Just a small point. Hero pens not only owns the Doctor brand name for pens but a whole catalogue of brand names due to the many rounds of acquisition. However, the company does not own the Hero name for inks; that's owned by Shanghai Fine Stationary, also known as Shanghai Ink Factory.


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 03:28

Thanks for the review. This has fully convinced that I will not get this ink. The colour just does nothing for me.

 

visvamitra,

 

Just a small point. Hero pens not only owns the Doctor brand name for pens but a whole catalogue of brand names due to the many rounds of acquisition. However, the company does not own the Hero name for inks; that's owned by Shanghai Fine Stationary, also known as Shanghai Ink Factory.

Sorry but this keeps confusing me even after reading about it many times in other places: Hero ink and Hero pens are not made by the same people, correct?


Hero #232 Blue-Black is my Waterman Florida Blue.

 

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#5 visvamitra

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 16:47

@seele - thank you for an update. It's quite complictaed :)



#6 TruthPil

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 13:06

I couldn't agree more with your assessment.Every Hero red, blue, and black ink (other than carbon black) I've tried is incredibly boring and dull (in the visual sense) on the page. They are all sitting in my office drawer waiting to be given away.

Interesting historical link between Hero and Poland!

Edited by TruthPil, 09 April 2017 - 13:11.

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#7 TSherbs

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 14:15

visvamitra,
 
Just a small point. Hero pens not only owns the Doctor brand name for pens but a whole catalogue of brand names due to the many rounds of acquisition. However, the company does not own the Hero name for inks; that's owned by Shanghai Fine Stationary, also known as Shanghai Ink Factory.


Interesting.

Edited by TSherbs, 09 April 2017 - 14:16.


#8 TSherbs

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 14:17

And I don't like the red either

#9 fabri00

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 18:47


Interesting historical link between Hero and Poland!

 

 

All the Eastern-European countries were connected with Russia or China in the old times, and a lot of goods were imported only from those 2 countries.



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:14

Well, at least I don't need to track these down. Thank you for the great review.


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 23:31

I have used the Herbin Eclat de Saphir & you are right in that this is the same colour.

It just doesn't stand out from the crowd.

I would prefer to see what happens to a sample left under daylight for a few weeks to see if it had better fade resistance.



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 00:30

I have used the Herbin Eclat de Saphir & you are right in that this is the same colour.

It just doesn't stand out from the crowd.

I would prefer to see what happens to a sample left under daylight for a few weeks to see if it had better fade resistance.

 

The blue Hero inks don't seem to have any fade resistance whatsoever. The same is true for the reds. The blue-blacks, however, are another story.

They fade, but are still legible.


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Posted 27 February 2018 - 19:09

How about a streak of the Hero 233 and Eclat de Saphir side by side?

I am of the impression that the Herbin ink is still slightly purple tinted.

I have not seen it in direct comparison with the Hero ink, so it is hard to tell any difference between the two.

Goodnesss: It is quite a job getting a blue which looks absolutely pure.







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