Review: The Hero 007 Fountain pen.

"Hero 007 Fountain Pen"

"Hero 007 Fountain Pen"

Yet another affordable fountain pen from the famous Hero Pen Manufacturing Company in Shanghai, this pen, the Hero 007 departs slightly in appearances from the well-known 616 and 366 models. Where these models have the very traditional Parker 51 cigar shape with a full hooded nib, the 007 is slim, straight sided and of more angular appearance. The barrel end cap is a stepped disc, made of chrome plated metal which creates a sophisticated finish to the plastic, coloured barrel. Colour range is the usual Hero Black, Teal and Maroon.

The cap seems to be brushed stainless steel, with the wording 007 Hero and, I presume, the same again, but in Chinese, photo etched around the open end. The stamped pocket clip also deviates from the popular Parker Arrow copy, often seen on Hero designs. Made from stamped metal, it features a bit of an angular design along the length, and ends in a half rounded sliding foot of ample proportions. It was easy to slip the clip over the edge of my leather pocket organiser. Although this sounds like a trivial point, I do get some pens from time to time with clips that are so stiff and pointy, that I have great difficulty to slide them over the edge of this thin leather. The clip ends at the very top in a 90degree round washer, which is held in place on the cap by a “metal?” push on  cap “jewel” of a  flat, stepped design. The Hero logo is stamped on the flat end of the jewel.

"Hero 007 Fountain Pen"

"Hero 007 Fountain Pen"

The cap fits onto the section with an increasing tighter slide finish, until it comes to a positive stop against a metal ring that separates the section from the barrel. The fit is very neat with only a very small perceptible step. Overall dimensions are 34mm capped, 42mm posted and 22mm uncapped. The complete pen is slim, weighing about 12 gram. Although of a slim design, maintaining a pen grip was easy. I enjoyed the writing experience provided by the medium titanium nib. The ink flow is uninterrupted, easy and the lines are nice and wet. It didn’t seem to be paper sensitive, easily writing on a variety of paper available in the office. I used Parker Quink, which seems to be a good all-rounder for all of my fountain pens. Filling is via an aerometric bladder or sac, encased in thin aluminium housing with a window for accessing the ink sac for filling. As is the case with most of these filling systems found on the affordable pens, it takes a bit of patience to fill it up.

 

Once again, as so often in the past after reviewing Hero pens, I was amazed at the value for money offered by their affordable range of pens. This well presented pen, is another entry level pen that will quickly become a favorite and see lots of service in the top pocket. I sometimes have limited numbers of these pens for sale, at 12.00 AU, excluding postage.

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