So I got these gorgeous pens the other day. And for so cheap too, though they did take their sweet time getting delivered from overseas (China). And did I say they’re gorgeous? 😍
There are sixteen (16) color variations of this pen, and I obviously got only a couple just to dip my toes into the wonderful [and usually expensive] world of fountain pens, see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. Now I regret not getting more. Ugh. It was love at first sight when I saw these, seriously. Even if it was not love at first write. 😜 A few more tries and it started to grow on me–exponentially. I am definitely getting a couple more, the green and silver variations of these with the clear caps.
These are piston fillers with good heft, but they did not come with ink. However, anticipating that, I bought a few sample vials of inks I’d like to try beforehand. The blue pen is inked with J. Herbin Emeraude de Chivor (Emerald of Chivor) while the pink one has on Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo (Crimson Glory Vine). I chose those colors specifically to match the pens, and I love how the ink looks sloshing around the clear barrel. Demonstrators totally rock in the looks department! 😎
Just to be clear, I am perfectly aware that these are [rather well-made] Chinese knockoffs of several popular fountain pens. 😉 It has the overall aesthetics of the TWSBI Diamond 580AL, but with the clear section of the TWSBI Diamond 580, and the nib of a Lamy Safari. Put that way, it’s like I got three (3) popular FPs for a fraction of the price of the cheapest of them. 😝 And it’s even got a clear feed advantage over the three!
These Wing Sungs both have fine (F) nibs, but they’re wet writers so the lines they produce are not quite what I’d call fine. They write pretty smoothly though (even veteran FP users who tried these said so) so that doesn’t bother me. Anywho. I don’t know if it’s the pen or the ink, but the blue pen writes more smoothly than the pink one. It also has the piston that locks/clicks into place, preventing accidental twisting and ink spillage. The pink doesn’t have that so I’m extra careful when handling it.
Too bad, I can’t use them on my bullet journal. 😢 At least, not with the inks currently in use. The paper’s too thin and absorbent so they feather in places and [almost] bleed over to the other side. Good thing I have that Rhodia dot pad I use for calligraphy practice so I can use the FPs there as well without any bleeding.
So what will I use these for then, especially when I’m planning to get more? 🤔 Well, for bullet journaling still. My current BuJo is a pretty thin notebook and I’d probably run out of pages within the year. For my next one, I’m getting a notebook with thicker pages (100 gsm at the very least). Hopefully, it would be fountain pen friendly as well. Until then, I’d be practicing my cursive with these lovelies. ❤
P.S. If you’re not from the Philippines and is interested in this pen, I’m glad to let you know that the Wing Sung 3008 (F nib) is currently available at Amazon as well.
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