Shanghai Hero Pen Company

The Shanghai Hero Pen Company (上海英雄(集团)有限公司; Shànghǎi yīngxióng (jítuán) yǒuxiàn gōngsī), popular for its Hero (Chinese: 英雄; yīngxióng) fountain pens, is a Chinese company founded in 1931 as the Wolff Pen Manufacturing Company (Chinese: 上海华孚金笔厂; Shànghǎi huáfú jīnbǐ chǎng). It was renamed in 1966 to the current name. It is commonly referred to as “Huáfú” which is the Hanyu Pinyin transliteration of the firm’s abbreviated original Chinese name.

Some of its brands of fountain pens include Hero, Wing Sung, Lucky, Huafu, Xinming, Guanleming, Xinhua, and Gentleman. The design of some of its Hero pens, such as Hero 616, resembles that of the American-made popular Parker 51. By the 1990s, the company’s Hero brand fountain pens had earned a high reputation in China, being regarded by many as the best in the country. Hero pens were also popular worldwide during the 1980s and 1990s and remain especially desirable among users of fountain pens in India.

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