1960 come with many change in the political, and socio-economical aspect in China and that reflect in fountain pen industry in the form of planned economy and all its imposed. which dictate that most new models at the time ( until late 0s when privatization start ) was pretty much based on few individual design and without prior home grown design capacity, many would be copied, then modified, from imports.
The most famous gold nib pen coming out of that era was and still is the Hero 100 , which as stated in prior thread developed from the Wolff 100 Hero , the 100 Hero was basically a reverse engineered clone of the Parker 51 and the Hero 100 while on the surface looks to keep all the parts was only superficially so. Each and every component of it actually were re designed and none are interchangeable with the prior model, with perhaps the exception of the nib ( using the same sized spec taken right off the P51 ) ; along with the Hero 100, the other gold hooded nib of the time worthy of interest would be the Wing Sung 101 ( now having an aerometric filling like the Hero 616 but was in fact more related to their own 612 ), Rainbow 800 ( which use a hooded nib sized spec off the Hero 616 ) and the Gold Star 103 ( which had its own hooded nib size, which was then re used for their other model and also by Hero in their 329 and 33X range ). White Feather 6XX series also had model with 12K and in several rare model 14K hooded nib.
However if I would be recommending I would not recommend any of these as an NOS purchase, simply because their outdated ( filling ) mechanism; personally I had no problem with that but I've been using them since my junior school days and that's why this period of Chinese fountain pen endear me a lot , sentimentality goes a long way.
Instead I would recommend the Hero 800 and all its variant ; namely because this is a proven model and is up to date in providing ability to use C/C filling ( just pop in a Parker ? Hero spec wide opening converter). No less also the 800 was actually first manufactured to be OEM for Parker ( though deal never came through ) The Hero 200 / Wing Sung 400 / Hero 50 / Wing Sung 55X with its Parker 75 style nib comes in close 2nd. They are not the most interesting nor the most luxury out there from that period, but as far as a balance of good writing experience and features goes they come out nicely done.
During the period , only the hooded nib enjoy some form of constant improvement, open ( gold ) nib was not favored and the famed Gold Star 28 yet still is no more than a vintage 20's button filler design updated with fixed aerometric filling, even its 12K nib design dated back pre-war; nice nib that is, nice pen its not. almost all the other open ( gold ) nib models that come out of that era was targeted towards the gift / export market. nothing exciting , OK, might be with the exception of the Wing Sung / Gui Guan / Sirui / others triumph nib models. And then there is a further category of gold nib pen that's often neglected , the workhorse gold nib pen , yes you heard it right, the workhorse range, one would question this contradictory but heed this, establishments, book keeping, and numerous daily task which require penned record also require permanence in the writing and that mean .... well .... Iron Gal ink or Carbon ink ( with binder ) .. guess what the not too good steel used in those days can be seen simply eaten up by the ink and well there's the need for the gold. in fact the very original Hero 200 was such a pen , reflected in its being an all brushed steel finishing with no trim what so ever. Many of these like the Wing Sung 102, Gold Star 705 are no more than better crafted variant of their daily use steel nib models now equipped with a 12K gold nib of the same size / spec. Most famous of that likely the Hero 110, unsuspecting would simply say its a Hero 616 with metal end jewel as indeed its based almost entirely on the 616 but its with a difference and most importantly a 12K gold nib ( now that answer the long sought after to the question is there a gold nib 616 , right ). its not uncommon for wrecked 110 user to simply retrieve the still good nib and place that into a perfectly new 616 and continue writing. Each major and plenty of 2nd tier name had their own model of such and often than not they are good buy, after all they were mean to be used and that reflect in price ( good deal ) and also function ( workhorse usually can take loads of abuse ), in fact if one would want a vintage hooded nib of this period and can live with the aerometric filling the 110 can be a good buy, even today NOS can easily be found.
Edited by Mech-for-i, 26 April 2018 - 19:33.