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It seems to be somewhat overpriced as the 616 Hero can be had for around one USD/free shipping from some vendors. The 616 is available in two sizes; the so-called jumbo or doctor size has a somewhat greater ink capacity and is only very slightly larger that than the "small".

 

It's my belief that purchasing the jumbo/doctor size is a gives greater assurance that the pen is a genuine 616.

 

The 616 is my most often used pen as it's comfortable to hold, doesn't dry-out, and puts down a consistently nice line on cheap paper.

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Looks just like the one I got in the mail today. Nice pen.

Tom

How do you like it so far?

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Is counterfeiting an Hero 616 like counterfeiting a Montblanc ? Or is it like

a Parker 45 made in France or Argentina ? What are the differences in

the "fake" ?

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So far, I like it a lot. Especially for the price. Writes fairly wet on good paper , post nicely and feels good in the hand.

Tom

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That looks like a real one to me. I don't have much experience with the smaller size, though, except for the 616-2. My first attempt to get a Hero was a 10-pack of 616s which turned out to be fake.

 

Here's a side-by-side comparison of a 616-2 (small size), a counterfeit, and a 616 Jumbo/Doctor. (I modified the finish on the real Heroes, so ignore that.)

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g456/rezwrrd/pens/D6B76915-6AAE-48E8-9638-C362A0D2390C.jpg

 

The immediately noticeable difference in the hood length: the fake's hood is quite a bit longer than either of the real Heroes. The ink window (band around the middle) is about half as wide. The cap is also longer, and the etching is faint and misaligned. I usually just go by the length of the hood in ebay pictures.

 

Ebay seller Yespen has an illustrated guide showing a few more differences. Of the fakes I got, about half turned out to be decent writers anyway. The rest I dismantled for spares and ...experiments.

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Sridhar, the hood on the fake I have is about 44mm. The Jumbo's hood is 36mm and the 616-2's hood is 33mm. I would think that the small 616 and the 616-2 are the same, but someone else who has both may have to chime in on that.

 

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...the thought of someone counterfeiting a Hero makes my eyes cross.

Warning!! Only buy genuine fakes...not fake fakes.

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Warning!! Only buy genuine fakes...not fake fakes.

Not even accusing 'em of being fakes. It's just... well, they're so cheap/inexpensive already, how can you make any money knocking 'em off? :huh:
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Warning!! Only buy genuine fakes...not fake fakes.

 

Is a Vue-Pen Vac-Fill a fake? Is a Corona a fake? An Aurora 88? A Pelikan P1?

 

A Hero 616 might be essentially a copy of a Parker, but like the others I wouldn't call it a fake in this sense. There's no mistaking a 616 for a P51 or P21S, and Hero isn't trying to pass their pens off as actual Parkers. They've built their own tradition as inexpensive, reliable school pens and don't need to lean on somebody else's name or reputation. The "fake fakes," however, are trying to pass themselves off as something they're not. So I would consider them fake copies.

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Is a Vue-Pen Vac-Fill a fake? Is a Corona a fake? An Aurora 88? A Pelikan P1?

 

A Hero 616 might be essentially a copy of a Parker, but like the others I wouldn't call it a fake in this sense. There's no mistaking a 616 for a P51 or P21S, and Hero isn't trying to pass their pens off as actual Parkers. They've built their own tradition as inexpensive, reliable school pens and don't need to lean on somebody else's name or reputation. The "fake fakes," however, are trying to pass themselves off as something they're not. So I would consider them fake copies.

 

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Is a Vue-Pen Vac-Fill a fake? Is a Corona a fake? An Aurora 88? A Pelikan P1?

 

A Hero 616 might be essentially a copy of a Parker, but like the others I wouldn't call it a fake in this sense. There's no mistaking a 616 for a P51 or P21S, and Hero isn't trying to pass their pens off as actual Parkers. They've built their own tradition as inexpensive, reliable school pens and don't need to lean on somebody else's name or reputation. The "fake fakes," however, are trying to pass themselves off as something they're not. So I would consider them fake copies.

Sadly I don't know. I was merely getting cheap laughs at the expense of Hero. :lticaptd:

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Not even accusing 'em of being fakes. It's just... well, they're so cheap/inexpensive already, how can you make any money knocking 'em off? :huh:

No idea...but they do.

 

I have a number of real 616s, both regular and Jumbo. Someone sent me a fake. What do you know...it writes well with Noodler's Eel Blue, but it blurped once, which was enough to rule it out as a carry pen.

My other pen is a Montblanc and...

 

My other blog is a tumblr.

 

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