Mech, thanks for the input! I have too many pens now to justify getting "good but not great writers" so I think I'll pass.
The finish is very smooth but not glossy. What I liked was the textured design on the barrel and section. The 738 is a similar concept but looks like it would post better.
Apart from the Hero 100, what Hero pens would be considered truly great writers? I'd like to have at least one excellent example from the brand. My 100 is awful.
What's wrong with your 100, generally I have been quite satisfied with the 100 but then I've been using them for decades and know the in and out ( and all the quirkiness ) of it and had the tools to do my own tuning.
Plenty of great writer from the brand but I caution, what's great for me might only be good for you or just so so, and what's so so for me might be great for others ( say I am really not keen on zero feedback butter smooth nib but hey many like that ) The 856 ( other than its ancient feed mechanism ) got to be one of the great writer in recent production and still cataloged .. Its by default come in a ( broader than Medium ) M ( its labelled as 0.7 but write broader I say ) and smooth too without losing the needed feedback.
You might want to goto a shop and try Hero's new hooded nib models and also their numerous 10K gold nib pens like the H708 or my favorite the H703. Check all the no.5 nib model, there is actually 2 size Hero made , one is the typical no.5 , what's termed size 26 and then there is a smaller version which had a nib sized 20/21. Its visually and physically a smaller nib but in general these small no.5 nib tend to write smoother, better than the larger nominal size no.5 ; quite a number of Hero are equipped with this smaller no.5 nib ( the H703 I favor actually use this version in 10K gold )
And then the Hero 200A , despite not liked by many, is actually a great writer , but its Parker 75 style nib is something of an acquired taste, its 14K gold and it need some run in but once you get around that its a great writer alright
Edited by Mech-for-i, 27 January 2018 - 11:25.