Actually its only now that I figure I had not really touch on the current production pen with a gold nib ... might be I can add a bit on that ... basically there is 3 category of current production pen with a gold nib ...
- the high end and collectables ... like the Hero 1911 Revolution or Hero 2189 Amboyna wood ; really today only Hero had a monopoly on this as regard to actually manufacturing such a pen, just like other limited edition from other Mfr these were ornately crafted and usually come with a 14K or 18K gold nib; to a lesser extent the custom workshops also offer such in the form of refurbished with custom barrel / cap / section and the donar pen would usually be a Hero 100 or 200
- the classics, and well neo classics ( that's my term ) needless to say the Wing Sung 618 / 601 pretty much evoke nostalgia and sell on that; but Hero had been doing that with real deal like the 100 and 200A, and then all the variant thus.
- The nominal range .. where the majority volume of models are ... the funny thing is this is where most models get ignored by the market both domestic and export but yet these models soldiers on and occasionally see a hype , say the Hero H718 ( WaskiSquirrel recently had a Video on the tube site ) ; just like Platinum having their 3776 Century and Pilot their 74 .. and so on so forth ... Hero again is the one to goto for these pens , but unlike the common one which had a 14K nib. Chinese fountain pen in this category are more likely to had a 10K or12K nib and none the less worse nor better. Actually I like this school of pen a lot, they are decent workhorse usually well build ( much better than many Japanese / European fellow compatriots in most cases ). Hero's 10K nib in particular is a very good smooth nib. Duke, Kaigalu, even Jinhao had something here but generally they are priced a bracket above and beyond the Hero(s) but not exactly better
So if I was asked I would certainly recommend the typical Hero 10K range, loads of different style to choose from, economically priced for a epn with gold nib; but my last vote goes to the H703 / 703A and just as good the H708 shown in photo below, check the photo, especially the cap ring notice how thick it is, yes its build like a tank
Hero H708, full brass construction lacquered over ; no.5 FM nib in 10K gold ; and you can have it in any color as long as its black and black always ...
Edited by Mech-for-i, 24 August 2018 - 13:16.