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99C Hero 616


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#1 old4570



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Posted 21 April 2018 - 06:17




Hero 616 , with ink bladder ... 


First - I didn't know if I was going to like the ink bladder = I don't .  

It is a cheap pen @ 99 cents ..

And it sort of performs like a 99c pen ..  


 Started of writing very very dry ... 

Scratchy - and just feels a little NQR ...  ( ? )  Cant explain it , just not my type of pen I guess ? 

Did not like to cant 45 deg right 

Did not like to write inverted 



After 24 hours inked and rested ...


Pen put more ink to paper ..

No longer dried out ..

But as I was writing I noticed a burp developing under the feed ...

Tissue to the rescue , it was a fair bit of ink ballooning under the feed / NIB ...


My suggestion would be to pass on this one , and if 99 cents tickles you fancy then perhaps a Jinhao 599 @ 99 cents might scratch that itch ... ( yes next review to be posted ) 

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#2 Mech-for-i


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Posted 21 April 2018 - 11:21

like all vintage Chinese hooded nib, these dated models are indeed a challenge to anyone who are not used to their quirkiness and the required routine. 616 perhaps the prime example of that. A properly tuned 616 is a joy to write with, but of course the tuning part is always missing from the factory. In its days that's not a issue as users are expected to perform such task as cleaning, flushing, and tuning before they even had any ink into the pen. And customers then expect and anticipate that too. But of course with todays this is going to get the customers off guard no less most are not familiar with the needed routine and even less the needed experience to do it.


Yours also look like it had a somewhat ruined nib too,

Edited by Mech-for-i, 21 April 2018 - 11:23.

#3 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 12:56

Feed doesn't appear to be in contact with the nib either.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 14:53

I think this Hero 616 is a fake Hero 616 . I know I know it's been discussed before ..... I mean a fountain pen with a price ranging to around 3 to $ 6 a Fake and more than a copy after a copy after a copy ???? But it's true I also have such a very cheap pen I think it cost me $ 1.3 and in comparison to the other Hero 616 pens that i have the quality it is very much different ,in the quality of the materials used and in the quality of how this pen was made .

Edited by Stefan-Ionut-Marius, 22 April 2018 - 14:54.

I love Fountain Pens, with hooded nib in the classic style, Parker 51/61 type .
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Posted 23 April 2018 - 00:15

Also it could be as simple as a back door job ! ...  It could have gone into the 2nd's or 3rd's bin and sold out the back door . ( Happens all the time ) 

Stuff not good enough to be sold out the front door often goes out anyways ...

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