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Hero 616




Here is another of my go-to pens, the Hero 616 in black plastic and chrome metal is a Chinese manufactured fountain pen which pays homage to the great Parker 51 model fountain pen. The pen is well copied in detail even down to the Parker arrow clip and the steel "jewel" crowned cap. The thin metal cap is etched with separated groupings of 7 pinstripes and has the Chinese characters for "Hero" and the model number "616".


Once the slip cap is removed, the clutch ring at the join of the barrel and hood is displayed. However, unlike the all-metal ring of the original 51, the Hero ring serves as a small ink-view window, enabling one to see if there's ink left in the reservoir (a feature that would have been convenient on the Parker 51).


Unscrewing the barrel reveals the pump-style filler similar to the aerometric filler of the original Parker 51 for use with bottled ink. The pen holds a surprising amount of ink and is a smooth writer for such an inexpensive pen. It's lighter in weight than my Parker 51, yet both pens are comfortable writers. I have the Hero 616 filled with Sheaffer Purple fountain pen ink and use it regularly for general writing.



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