Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Hero 616 - Made in China
What does this pen and this car have in common? Yep... made in China. If you have spent anytime at all on eBay drooling over Fountain Pens...these must have come across your browser. Well, I fell for it. Bought a 6 pack, or a 10 pack...I am not sure which anymore. All I remember is they were about $1 a pen. In red black and I might have a green one floating around.
The goal was definitely to make this bad boy look like a Parker 51. At first blush they pass the test. They do look like a Parker... until you pick one up. If you ever picked up a 51, you know this one does not feel like a Parker. It's eerily light...even with ink in it.
Don't cheat....which one is the Parker 21 and which one is the Hero?
Filling is...twist off the body...dip (ink is preferred) , squeeze a few times and wipe off the nib. That's it. Keep it simple right? Here's the guts.
In this case, I don't think it's suicide, or flattery. More doing what you have to do to get by. "It is what it is" comes to mind here. For a $1 you get a very workable fountain pen that across the conference table looks like a more expensive model. The nib might not be as smooth, or the metal quite as shiny. But again. A buck.
I don't have any affiliation with these sellers...just passing along the info.