Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Hero 780 with 10K Gold Nib
I decided to order this Hero pen with a gold nib from China. The price was less than $35 shipped so it seemed like a good deal. It is only 10K gold (about 42%), but a fountain pen with any type of gold nib at that price point is very rare.
The fit and finish of the pen are very nice and it has a smallish fine nib that writes like a western extra fine. The nib has the Hero logo with a 10K inscription and they did a great job of tipping the nib. It comes with a good quality international converter. The arrow clip is reminiscent of a Parker pen.
How does it write? The Hero 780 writes much smoother than any other Chinese pen that I have used. Even though the nib is gold, it is firm rather than springy. That should come as no surprise since it is over 50% alloy. The grip section is small and made of smooth plastic and a bit slippery. I was able to alter my grip to compensate. In any case, it is a great pen that is well worth the price.