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Review: Wing Sung 3008

March 2, 2018
Wing Sung 3008

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! 😎

Wing Sung 3008 Rhodia dot pad

Just to be clear, I am perfectly aware that these are [rather well-made] Chinese knockoffs of several popular fountain pens. πŸ˜‰ 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.

Wing Sung 3008 Kokuyo Systemic

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? πŸ€” 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. ❀

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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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  1. I’m envious with all of you who religiously writes on their journal, and still be very creative too! My planner looks like a to-do list lang, sayang haha πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Jackie! I couldn’t say I’m that *religious* of a journal user as my BuJo tends to get ignored on weekends, but for the fact that I’m at least still using it up to now.. πŸ˜‰ anyway, journals don’t have to be artsy or anything, as long as they help you become more productive, which they do, right? 😊

  2. Weeee! Welcome to the world of fountain pens! You made an awesome choice!

    I’m no expert, but will just share what I learned in my few months of dabbling into FPs. For notebook choices by the way, you don’t have to necessarily get 100gsm paged papers. There are 100gsm paged papers that feather/bleed like crazy and there are 50gsm papers that absorb FP ink beautifully. I use 50gsm papers (Tomoe River is my favorite!) because I hate the bulk. If you prefer readily made notebooks, do some research about it, look for the brand online and see if there are comments if it’s FP friendly (ie, so much reviews about the Mercury Drug Suki notebook, Starbucks planner, Moleskine, and Leuchtturm1917 in regard to it being FP friendly). For no name brands, it’s all really trial and error.

    Hope you find your one true paper/notebook! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for the tips, Maria! I’ve heard good things about Tomoe River paper, but have yet to try them. Kinda hard when you’re in the province and most nice FP-related stuff are inaccessible unless you go online shoppinng. #promdifeels Haha.

      1. Just saw your about page! I’m from Batangas too! Haha. Moved last year from the city… so yes, I know that feeling! LOL.

          1. I’m game for a meetup! I’m from Lemery. How about you? I’ve been dying to do meetups but I don’t know people who use FPs from Batangas. I’ll look for you on Instagram! My handle is @mariabonbon 😊

            1. I followed you on IG. I’m (surprise, surprise!) blackshirt13. Lol. I love your artworks! Bigla akong nahiya sa mga gawa ko puchu-puchu na nakapost. Haha.

  3. Welcome to fountain pens. It is a huge world with great variety.
    If you are ready, try a PENBBS. Start with the less expensive converter models. A little more money, still less than a TWSBI, you can get a nib that will work better with a left hander. Has a slight bend in it. You can see my video reviews on my Youtube channel, chrisrap52.

    1. Ooh, hey Chris! I watched your video about this pen while doing my research. 😊 It’s actually one of the things that convinced me to get the Wing Sung 3008.

      Will look at your video for the PENBBS later. I have heard about those in FP groups, but I have yet to see a local seller offering those. If ever, I may have to source from overseas again, like with the 3008.

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