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  1. Ostrich is the main brand used by the Tianjin Ink Factory in China, and the firm is the first manufacturer of fountain pen inks; the modern pigment ink is believed to be one of their innovations. Oddly enough, while the brand is Ostrich, the logo is an emu: but then in the Chinese language the same word refers to both creatures, I understand. As a friend was making a trip to Tianjin I certainly was persuasive enough to end up with a few bottles of Ostrich inks, the most interesting one is undoubtedly the 901 Green, apparently the only green ink in series production in China. I understand that there was a 111 Green as well but it's no longer listed, perhaps it was renamed 901 to fit into the 90x series: 901 Green, 902 Blue, 903 Blue-black, 906 Red, and 908 Carbon pigment. The packaging is not luxurious at all, and the cap seems to be quite prone to leakage, but the content does work quite well. Below is a picture of the very few greens in my possession. The paper is very basic Xerox printing paper, a Serwex with a dagger nib was used. Compared to the original, the image - as displayed on my calibrated monitor - shows the Toucan Bright Green a little too dark and the Sheaffer Skrip Green a bit too light. Generally speaking the 901 Green is very easy to get on with, flows nicely and gives decent intensity; it does not appear to shade though. Compared to the most common Skrip, it shows the latter as more towards turquoise/blue than green. In reality it is very close to Toucan Aqua but with a touch more pea green as if it's Toucan Aqua with half a step towards Toucan Bright Green. In other words, it is a green with a moderate dash of yellow in the brew, and in effect it's a very "green" sort of green; compared to it the Toucan Bright Green is a bit muddy, and the Toucan Aqua has started to make its way towards blue. While I am no ink collector I cannot be sure how it compares to other green inks. But judging it by its own merits, I would say it is one that I can live with easily: a nice shade that is very easy on the eyes. But I sure hope that the backroom boys at the factory will eventually do something about bottle caps: they're meant to keep the juice inside the bottle!
  2. I heard the country of manufacture for these pens is on the box.packaging, but because I bought it from a second hand store, I did not get any of the original packaging. I've been trying to research the net where my Cross ATX Matte Chrome Fountain Pen is made in, but I cannot find anything conclusive. Would anyone have any ideas as to how I can find this out?
  3. dxing97

    Hero Nib Adjustment

    Recently, by dad brought back two Hero fountain pens, a 7018, and a 7029, both medium nibs (did not actually say on the pen or packaging, my estimate) from china. Both were about 15 USD. The 7018 went to my brother and I got the 29. Within a week, by brother had dropped it nib-first. The strangest thing was that the nib tip did not sustain serious damage. The tines were misaligned, but that was corrected. However, the nib had been pushed into the pen, and since then, I haven't been able to get it out back to where it was (and have been unwilling to try). Top is the 7029, bottom is the 7018 Is there any way to get it pushed out back to where it was? Is it better to leave it the way it is? (it still writes, and I haven't seen a large difference in flow, etc.) (note where the gold flower is)
  4. hsianloon

    Hero 7022

    Price:11 USD plus shipping to Ireland from Hong Kong Very decent packaging for a 11 dollar pen inclusive of delivery. I mean, could you ask for more? A simple box with both the cover and the container has a nice embossed feel to it, red at the top and grey at the bottom, with the Hero brand splashed across the top. Nice smooth velvety plastic cushion for the pen to rest on. No complaints here. (considering some 3 digit pens have been received in PVC pipes, stuffed with toilet paper...) Comparisons with some common pens, eg the Lamy ( which everyone probably has ) and TWSBI VAC 700. Didn't weight it ,but feels about the same as a fully inked VAC 700, heavier than a Lamy Al Star Pity the nib wasn't bigger, would have given the pen a more majestic feel. It's almost fighting with my Conway Stewart 338 for smallest nib award. Steel nib with erm, pseudo gold coating. Anyhow, pretty cool duo-colored nib for 11 dollars. Barrell is cast in ..okay I'm really bad at telling materials apart to be honest. For its price, plastic I guess, surrounding a steel body. The trimmings are listed as silver but time will tell. The black/blue granite or electric as I'd call it, is a simple design that doesn't particularly catch the eye, and isn't too gaudy. Cartridge converter supplied is the standard international one. Looking into the barrel, it's hollow all the way, and could definitely do with a longer converter, giving us the precious extra maybe 0.5ml? It's described as a medium nib, but I would say it is a western fine. I've seen no broads so far, but maybe you'll have better luck searching than me. Basically , just go up one size for the width you'd like. I've onlytested it with the Noodler's X Feather, but I will say it is a smooth writer, not a Montblanc George Bernard Shaw smooth n or TWSBI medium jowo nib smooth, but very good regardless for its value. If my Montblanc George Bernard Shaw was a 10/10, TWSBI is a 8/10, this would be a 6.8/10. I''m not sure if this pen is a 'dry writer'' or if it;s just the ink as this really is the first time I've used this ink. Have already given the nib etc a little scrub and flush. Personally I like posting as it gives me some ''balance'' that keeps my writing from going to small , especially when I use a fine. But that's just me. Pros- cheap- reliable and simple cartridge converter requiring little maintenance- feels solid, not something that you'd drop and crash into 10 tiny pieces- weight of the pen is quite evenly distributed to the middle of the pen- snap on cap, good for people who take pens in/out all the time every few minutes eg doctors on ward rounds- discrete looking and avoids the akward ''ooh you using a fountain pen, you must be so classy'' conversation you don't want to have. cons- really? for a 11usd pen I have to be critical?- okay fine cartridge converter with small ink reservoir...- I mean seriously...you expect a phoenix, yet offer chicken feed ? ( trivia, anyone knows where this line is from..hint, more likely to know if you were born mid 80s or so )





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