Hero 330 Fountain & Ballpoint Pen Set
Manufacturer/Model: HERO Shanghai China/ 330 Set
Year of production: Circa 1969
Filling system: FP: Irremovable lever bladder ink converter, BP: Custom Hero ballpoint refill
Nib: Gold Plated "F" fine size
Material: Body: Dark Green high-grade quality plastic, Cap: Gold Plated Metal
Length (pen closed): FP: 132mm, BP: 128mm
Condition and information:
Listed here is a Hero 330 Fountain and Ballpoint Pen Set by the Hero Company which is probably the oldest and largest pen producer in China. With a wide sales network and strong technical background, the company has become the major fountain pens supplier throughout Asia, now and in the past. The quality of the pens is remarkable and these pens were made for the high class so they represent a symbol of luxury. They often looked up to the European and US manufacturers in the hope to match their quality and design, which some may claim are on par with all of them.
These are truly unique and gorgeous pens, they have a solid metal gold plated caps and barrels made out of high shine dark green plastic resin. The caps and the clips feature fine “Made in China” and “Hero” engravings.
The caps are fitted with a spring-loaded clip, which retracts into the cap instead of bending when being pulled. The flexibility of the clips allows them to be easily hanged over a thick fabric of a pocket or a notebook cover, without them actually bending or possibly getting damaged.
It's no secret that Hero and other pen makers copied some of the western designs, as this pen is obviously a nice retake on the famous Parker 51 and later the Parker 61 with its grip section incorporated arrow.
This arrow on the original Parker 61, was proposed in 1989 by the designer Don Doman as a solution to the confusion that the pen users had deciding which side was up and which was down on the hooded nib pen. However, there were some problems with this design, and even when the arrows were molded the pen users were complaining that they were falling off. This pen features the same grip inlaid arrow, however, we haven’t seen one falling off yet which may mean that this part is made even better on this pen.
The fountain pen performs great, smooth, it has a precise F fine size nib with constant ink flow. The nib tip is crafted in high-quality iridium which doesn’t wear off. The hooded nib prevents the ink from drying out even if the fountain pen is sometimes left open, also the hooded nib is physically more protected. The aerometric mechanism of the fountain pen is very practical as it allows easy and clean filling. Once filled it will write for weeks. The ballpoint pen has a special bent tip which is really rare and uses a custom Hero ballpoint refill. The current one may be depleted but it can be used for future purchase reference or to have the refill refilled. It has a superb performance and is great for frequent use.
The ballpoint pen has exactly the same design as the fountain pen, that is the ballpoint is capped, as opposed to most ballpoint pens which are not capped and have a mechanism, which means that this pen has actually rollerball design. It’s interesting to know what kind of functions the same arrow implemented on the ballpoint section has on this pen. However, one thing is sure that the pens are a complete match that shares the same features and design.
Both pens have a great grip posted or not posted and they have a great balance and feel in the hand.
Two great pens with top build quality, great design, handling, and feel.
The pens come in their original vintage wooden Hero box with a sliding opening and closing lid.
The set comes in mint condition perfectly preserved.
This item is covered by our 1 Year Full International Warranty at no additional cost. The terms of our Warranty are very simple, meant to give you a secure and trouble-free buying experience.
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