New Ink

I got two bottles of ink last week. Thank you Crazy Alan’s Emporium in Chapel Hill NC. I’m not real familar with Private Reserve ink. This color looked pretty close to Noodler’s Black Swan with English Roses, which I really like. And I am not usually a red fan. The Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-Ro looked very interesting. Especially since I just got a bottle of Ku-Jaku back in August.

I sampled them by dipping the nib of a clean pen in to get an idea of how they will act and look. So far I like both inks. I’ve included my sample. I was using my Hero 359A with an extra fine nib. I dipped the pen a couple of times before writing. I was amazed at how much I wrote using Syo-Ro vs Black Cherry.

I have two new pens on order and they should be here soon. One will be for the Black Cherry and the other will get Syo-Ro. One most likely the Syo-Ro will be a work pen. Or maybe I’ll continue to travel back and forth with them. A nice soft eyeglasses case make a perfect travel case for 4 fountain pens. Thank you Dollar Tree.

Cheers, james

Pen Review: Hero 359A

The story I am working on right now is being written using the Hero 359A extra fine nib. I have been pleased with how well this pen writes and behaves. I use it for both work and home writing.

The pen has a white plastic body with a port window so you can check ink levels. It is rounded with one flat side. So it won’t roll as bad. The length is perfect for me, either posted or unposted, since I prefer a longer pen. The Jinhao 992 while a lovely writer is too short for my taste.

The grip is clear and triangular shaped with finger grooves. This grip is very cool because the ink is visable. It did take some getting used to the grip. The cap provides the only pop of color. I have the mint/sea foam green cap. However they come in the green, pink, purple, yellow, and a grey. The colors were designed to be a “Lady” pen vs the bold solid body colors of the 359. The 359 and 359A are homages to the more expensive Lamy Safari. However this pen clearly is branded with the Hero name and logo.

It is my first extra fine nib all the other pens are mediums. And like the Lamy, the nib is triangular and not a standard fountain pen nib. There are several pen reviewers on YouTube that successfully changed the Hero nib with the Lamy nib. I haven’t had any problems with the Hero nib. It writes equally well on quality journal paper as it does on copy paper. The only disappointing thing about this pen is how fine the line is and the color isn’t as bold as the medium. Except that isn’t the pen that is me.

In the course of work and writing on copy paper I don’t need a lot of ink because of bleed through. I have put four or five different inks in the pen and it has sailed with them all. Monteverede California Teal is my standard ink for work and home. The color is good and bright and there is still sheen coming through. Diamine Graphite was a surprise it seemed to change color, less grey more green tone to it. Ku-jaku in the Pilot Ironshonki ink line was gorgeous. The finer line really allowed the color to come through and it was a lot brighter than with the medium nib. Monteverde Rose Noir and Jade Noir were well behaved and lent their colors well to the extra fine line.

All in all I give this pen a glowing review and hearty thumbs up. By the way I had to order a second so I could leave one at work and have one at home. Cheers, james