Hello again to all my FPN friends,
I happened to have 2 pens of similar flow and nib size inked with these and thought it might be helpful to compare them.
Both are iron-gall inks and somewhat similar in color. However, at least in my experience, Hero 232 is much drier than Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black.
It's so dry that it stopped flowing at all in the pen I used for this comparison once the converter wasn't completely full. The dryness may be due to high iron gall content. I assume this because when I flushed the pen, there was a notable strong smell of fresh blood that I've only experienced before with the super-charged iron gall ink ESSRI. Hero 232 usually has the same smell many other Chinese inks, as well as Pilot Blue-Black, but when mixed with water in the sink the iron smell took over. So all you vampires out there will probably enjoy Hero 232.
- The Hero is drier than the Pelikan.
- The Hero is darker and more saturated than the Pelikan.
- The Pelikan shades easier than the Hero.
- The Hero can produce a nice, deep indigo when fully saturated, slightly reminiscent of my favorite Kung Te-Chung.
- In China, the Hero is one tenth the price of the Pelikan.
- Both are iron gall inks, but not so much as to harm your pens or leave sediment behind.
- On absorbent paper, both are almost completely waterproof. The Hero looked completely unchanged, but some slight fading with the Pelikan.
- Both are great inks if you have wet pens.
The pen used for the Hero 232 writing is a Pelikan P30 with soft 14k broad nib.
The pen used for Pelikan Blue-Black writing is an ebonite FPR Himalaya fitted with an extremely flexible steel Artus/Degussa oblique broad ("BS") nib and feed.
I just scribbled this out on a cheap notepad, so I don't know how different they would look on better papers like TR or Rhodia.
Hero 232 Close-up:
Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black Close-ups: