In my search for inexpensive fountain pens on eBay, I came across numerous listings for the Hero 529 fine point pen. The price? Less than $3.00 including shipping from China! Amazing!
Having previously bought the Hero 9296 Accounting Pen with an EF nib, I thought I would give the 529 a shot.
Like the 9296, the 529 is a converter filler with a hooded nib. It is reminiscent of the Hero 616 sans aerometric converter. It is a pretty plain looking pen with a few small but noticeable blemishes, however, you really can't complain much for a pen that costs so little.
How does it write? Nicely. It has a very smooth nib that lays down a nice fine line.
The Hero 529 is a great little knock-about pen for throwing in your pocket or purse and leaving on your desk at the office. Very nice for jotting down quick notes. I plan to load mine with some archival iron gall ink for writing on cheap paper when the need arises.
A nice pen at a crazy cheap price!