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  1. Hero 780 with 10K Gold Nib http://thefrugalfountainpen.blogspot.com/2014/03/hero-780-with-10k-gold-nib.html
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    Hero 160

    As a relatively new fountain pen user who happens to go to university, I really like Chinese fountain pens. They're cheap, they're fun, and sometimes I feel like I get pretty lucky. While I feel like Hero gets a pretty bad rap for the blatant copying they do of designs (such as Lamy or Parker), I ended up buying this 160 on eBay. I mostly dabbled in Jinhao, and while I like them, I decided to spend a bit more and see if I liked these better. This is my first review, and I'm by no means a photographer, so I apologize if some of the pictures aren't quite as good as what you're used to seeing! First Impressions: The pen came in this pretty simple green box. These kinds of boxes I've received before so it's nothing really extravagant or special, but I do like it. It gets the job done and it's pretty nice. You open the box and once again you have this fairly cheap material protecting the pen, but the pen itself I think is very attractive. The clip is nice and springy, and the top of it has a small five petaled flower design. All around the cap you have these grooves of various lengths that stretch downwards towards the barrel of the pen. The body tapers towards the end, and on the barrel you have a shiny chrome band that says "Hero" and under it "160" with the same Chinese characters that appear on the box. Construction: Note that all my attempts at close-up shots failed, so sadly there will not be any photographs here. The cap is simply a pull off, not a twist sadly, but it functions very well. Not much force is needed to actually remove it, and it is secure enough so that it will never simply accidentally come up when trying to remove it from your pocket or pouch. Overall, the construction is extremely solid. Nothing rattles, the barrel screws on and off tightly, and the whole body seems to be able to stand up to some abuse. Filling: The pen uses an aerometric converter which I had some problems with, but I suspect that those were issues related to my own inexperience with the system rather than the converter being at fault. For now, I removed it and have a Parker converter installed, which fits fine. Note that standard international converters don't seem to fit. The use of a Parker converter was a necessity. Nib: The nib is great. Honestly, I love it. It is a 12k gold semi hooded nib, and it writes excellently. I never experience any skipping or hard-starting, it has a nice, juicy sweet spot, and it provides a kind of feedback that I really like. I've had some Jinhao nibs that are smoother, but I rather enjoy this one more. It's not scratchy, but you feel that you're writing which I think is great. In my experience it's a nice, wet nib that can lay down a nice patch of ink despite it being a pretty fine nib. There is little to no line variation, so if you're a flex freak it's really not for you, but since line variation and lecture notes don't particularly go hand in hand, I don't find that it detracts from the experience at all. Writing Sample: I'm no calligrapher, but I tried to make it as nice as I could for you guys! Overall: I adore this pen. I absolutely love it, and this is one that's always going to be inked. It's very affordable, it's very nice, it's not a boring black, and it just gets the job done. When I was contemplating buying one I couldn't find any reviews on this model, so hopefully this can be helpful to someone who is in a similar situation as I was. Maybe they aren't completely ethical design-wise, but if this is any indication, they make one hell of a pen.
  3. http://www.iguanasell-pics.com/photos/logos/fpn_logo_45_45.png See all our items @ FPN Montegrappa Fountain Pen Ancient Mexican Civilizations - Bronze - L.E.Brand New in Box - Warranty by authorised Dealer - Free Shipping CHARACTERISTICS: Brand Montegrappa Description Montegrappa fountain pen Nib 18K solid gold nib Finish Bronze Closure System Screw-on Filling System Piston Filler Dimensions (capped/uncapped) - Warranty (years) 2 Line Mayan Calendar Reference ISCMN-BE Special features: The Mayan Calendar finishes in December 12th, 2012. Many interpretations believe this is the end of the world, or at least of a cosmic cycle. That's why Montegrappa releases this limited edition. Just in time!Decorating the pens are the engraved images of Aztec gods, with patterns reminiscent of distinctive Mayan architecture.The pen clip itself is fashioned after the sacrificial sword used by Aztec priests to dispatch their offerings to the gods.This model of the limited edition is all-bronze and has an 18K gold nib.The Mayan year had 360 days, so this limited edition contains only 360 pieces! CONDITIONS:The item is brand new in original box and comes with all papers and warranty stamped at the moment of the purchase by authorised dealerList price: $5560 - Contact us for a personalized offer Payment Methods: PayPalCredit cardGoogle CheckoutMoney Order (We have Bank accounts in the US as well as in Europe)Cash on Delivery (Euro Countries) Free Expedited Shipping (UPS or Fedex) to the US, Canada and European Union. Other countries, $18 (shared shipping costs) ABOUT US: We are an international company with more than three (3) years of experience in e-commerce, duly registered in the US and Europe. We are present on the most important Marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, ecommerce sites: shopping.com, yahoo shopping... and our own website You can take a look at our eBay feedback here or read the opinions of other forum members: 1 , 2, or 3 CONTACT:To contact us, just write us a pm, orsend us an email to info@iguanasell.com http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-1.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-2.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-3.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-4.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-5.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-6.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-7.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-8.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-9.jpg http://iguanasell-pics.com/photos/D338/Montegrappa-Fountain-Pen-Ancient-Mexican-Civilizations-Bronze-L.E.-ISCMN-BE-10.jpg Don't miss the video!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M82nBwy29Fg CONDITIONS:The item is brand new in original box and comes with all papers and warranty stamped at the moment of the purchase by authorised dealerList price: $5560 - Contact us for a personalized offer Payment Methods:PayPalCredit cardGoogle CheckoutMoney Order (We have Bank accounts in the US as well as in Europe)Cash on Delivery (Euro Countries) Free Expedited Shipping (UPS or Fedex) to the US, Canada and European Union. Other countries, $18 (shared shipping costs) ABOUT US: We are an international company with more than three (3) years of experience in e-commerce, duly registered in the US and Europe. We are present on the most important Marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, ecommerce sites: shopping.com, yahoo shopping... and our own website You can take a look at our eBay feedback here or read the opinions of other forum members: 1 , 2, or 3 CONTACT:To contact us, just write us a pm, orsend us an email to info@iguanasell.com More Montegrappa pens on our website Thanks for looking!----------------------------- Website: www.iguanasell.comJoin our newsletter for special promotions and news http://static.anuncios.ebay.es/images/dailydeals/dm/icon_facebook_24.png Follow us on Facebookhttp://static.anuncios.ebay.es/images/dailydeals/dm/icon_twitter_24.png Follow us on Twitter: @Iguana_sell
  4. Hi, i posted aversion of this question in the "my first pelikan" section. i have a new m800 tortoise with a broad nib. i find that i need to exert a bit more pressure on the pen than i do with some of my others. The nib feels quite springy, much more than i am used to with my krone, graf von f c, visconti and sheaffer pens ( gold nibs) is this typical or could there be something up with the pen? I have tried using mont blanc seaweed green ink (very poor results) sailor ink and just tried some visconti. The latter two inks seem to be performing similarly. Any feedback you might be able to offer would be appreciated. It doesnt seem as smooth as the graf and not as wet as the stiff sheaffer nib. i was wondering if you might share your thoughts about its handling characteristics. Thanks





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