I recently had the good fortune to take a business trip to Shanghai. We went a few days early to do some site seeing and discovered Fuzhou street which has numerous stationary and book stores that sell fountain pens. The pens range from inexpensive cartridge/converter models to some fairly high end models. I did buy a 10 pack of Hero 616’s which was turned out to be about $2 per pen. Don’t let the price fool you – the Hero 616 is a very good replica of the aerometric Parker 51. In another shop I bought a bottle of Hero blue-black ink. I immediately inked up one of the Hero 616s and wrote in my journal. We also stumbled upon a Parker store, check out the pic with yours truly. While shopping for pens in the US has mostly been relegated to the internet, brick and mortar shops selling pens in Shanghai are plentiful. All in all it was a fun shopping experience in an amazing city.
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