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Wing Sung 703 Nos: Handwritten Review


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#1 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 14:49

A kind FPN member, knowing my love for cheap 'n' cheerful Chinese pens, sent me two NOS Wing Sung 'Children's Pens' from the '70s.

These are mini-pens and bulb fillers, somewhat similar to the Hero 366, except that the Hero has a cigar shape and a silvertone cap, where the Wing Sung has flattened ends, goldtone trim, and a plastic cap that seats with a nice audible 'click.' Both have a clear clutch ring to view ink supply.

One Wing Sung was black, the other burgundy. I tested the black pen first with some dark-green ink I call Navy Green (a deep mix of blues, browns, greens and reds).

Alas, this black pen spewed ink all over my fingers, the barrel, everywhere. I cleaned it up and took a breath.

A bit cautious now, I filled the burgundy model with a much lighter ink consisting of one drop of the Navy Green and several of JH Orange Indien. The result was a light green ink. And this pen did not leak.

The nib is a nail, no doubt about it, but it writes fairly wet and lays down a consistent fine-medium line. The Hero's nib is notably smoother.

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The Wing Sung, side-by-side with a Hero 366, laid on the test-page notebook (a Staples comp notebook, quad-ruled).
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Would I buy it? Perhaps, if the price was right; the Hero 366 in bulk worked out to about three USD per pen, and none so far have leaked or balked in any way.

Bulb-fillers are cute; I like seeing the ink squirt up into the bulb. They don't have a huge ink capacity but that's never bothered me.

In all, though I think the Hero 366 would win any comparison, the Wing Sung seems a cute pen and would fit little hands very well.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 15:15

Thanks for the fun review Sailor Kenshin! I greatly enjoy the two cheap Chinese pens I own and think they compare very well to my better pen. I've never tried a Hero or a Wing Sung before but they both look like good pens. I also really like your homemade green ink Posted Image !

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#3 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 18:10

Thanks---just call me Dr. Inkenstein. ;-p

It is a cute pen and I do like the look--- wish the black one was working. I would have offered it to someone.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 19:52

i was reading on the forum earlier that Wing Sung makes a "sheaffer-snorkel-like" fountain pen, is this true?

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 23:32

I don't know---anyone else?

This was only my second Wing Sung pen. The other one was given in the PIF thread, or even before that.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 04:52

i was reading on the forum earlier that Wing Sung makes a "sheaffer-snorkel-like" fountain pen, is this true?

they sure do...

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(images from isellpens: http://isellpens.com/wingsung.html )

... and many more models with that type of triumph nib!


edited to add: triumph nib: YES! snorkle: NO!

Edited by lovemy51, 06 August 2010 - 04:55.


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 05:52

Where could i get one of these?
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Posted 06 August 2010 - 09:44

Where could i get one of these?



Kind of You to ask (especially after learning that 1 of the 2 pens sent had a bad leak*)
About ten days ago I sent a handful off, from Shanghai, to speerbob.com. Assuming they get there
on time, He'll have them at the D.C. show. If there is a good response, perhaps Bob
will offer more on his site.
Best wishes to all, and my thanks to Sailor Kenshin for looking the pens over.
mompus
*the leak does not come 'standard'

#9 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 10:33

And I forgot to mention that the Hero 366 and WIng Sung both have hooded nibs.

I have a thing for those. :lol:

The other Wing Sung that I owned is the one in Lovemy51's pic: the butterscotch color. Interesting finish and nib.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 20:00

drats on no snorkel, but i'll buy a few for the "triumph-nib" look alike.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 06:30

Where could i get one of these?

hi. look at the link under the picture!!! :happyberet:

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 18:16

I hear the Wing Sung children's pen also comes in green and gray.

After a week or so, I have to give the WS the win in looks over the Hero 366. It just looks better. True, the Hero's nib is a bit smoother and wetter; however the Wing Sung seems to be 'smoothing out' as I write wtih it.






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