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Hero 7023 Brief Review -- Classy Pen For Under $2


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#1 bob_hayden

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 19:04

This is one of at least four related Hero models that appear to share the same nib, feed and section and sell for around $2US on eBay.  They are generally metal pens with medium, open nibs.  This variation vaguely resembles a Parker Sonnet.  Mine is black and looks pretty classy for the price.  White and pink are also available.  A related pen is the current 7022 which I reviewed here.

 

http://www.fountainp...ther-hero-7022/

 

There you can find photos of the 7022 and also a photo of what I take to be an older model also numbered 7022.

 

My 7023 is a cartridge/converter pen but just what cartridge fits is unclear.  Possibly some Hero cartridges, which would mean your color choices would be very limited (3).  I found that neither short international nor Waterman cartridges would fit in the barrel.  A generic long international fit in, but it took pliers to get it back out again.  It also took some fiddling with the alignment of the times, but in the end the pen gave a smooth, wet line with that generic cartridge,  about like a Sheaffer medium nib.

 

After sitting for eight days unused the pen was very hard to get started again.  I have had such issues before with these cartridges so the jury is still out on this issue.

 

So far this looks like a great choice if you would like a very inexpensive pen that is durable, attractive, and would not be out of place in a business environment -- provided you will be using bottled inks.    Other pens in the family are the 7031 and 7036.  Some of these four models are available with hooded nibs, and there are additional model numbers that only offer hooded nibs.

 

With all the problems with pictures on FPN I am only posting ones you can't find elsewhere.  There are many pictures of the pens discussed here at eBay.

 

 



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Posted 23 November 2017 - 10:15

You can always  test to see if the pen is prone to drying out by blowing into the cap - I find the achilles heel of almost every chinese pen is poor sealing of the cap. Generally where the clip and fineal mount. Also usually easily fixed with some general clear bathroom silicone. around any offending holes or threads. A little dab of silicone has saved many of my chinese pens from being thrown away.


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 18:25

Thanks!  That's a good point and perhaps should be part of inspecting any new pen we buy.  For another recent review I ruled out using the pen as an eyedropper because I could easily blow air through the barrel.

 

That said, I can't say that has been a common problem for me.  The cap on the pen reviewed above seems to hold air.  Ink certainly seems to make a difference.  As already mentioned, the black cartridges in that lot of many colors of generic long internationals have had flow issues in other pens, as have Thornton cartridges, especially black in Lamy-shaped cartridges.  Pens matter as well.  Pilot Varsities seem to last indefinitely.  My champion for a standard nib and feed was a Pelikan M200 that would write immediately after months of sitting.  Second place goes to the cheap plastic pens made by A&W and sold by the Brooks Pharmacy chain under the A&W brand.  Then comes most anything made by Sheaffer.  I agree that Chinese pens generally do poorly.



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Posted 25 November 2017 - 01:38

Sorry, corrections in red.

 

Second place goes to the cheap plastic pens made by Reform and sold by the Brooks Pharmacy chain under the A&W brand.  Then comes most anything made in the USA by Sheaffer.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:01

Here is an update on what cartridges you can use in this pen.  Very few!  The Hero 0028 cartridges that have a nipple similar to international cartridges (but are of a length between standard shorts and longs)  fit.   The very similar Jinhao cartridges are a tight fit and, as with some long internationals, you will need pliers to get the empty out.  Yiren also makes cartridges that appear to be of the same form factor but do not fit.



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 23:53

Four days later the pen writes immediately so I would say it should be fine for regular use as far as drying out is concerned. 








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