This is my first review here. So I hope I didn't make too many mistakes ^^".
I was looking for a Wing Sung 698 but couldn't find one. Then I stumbled upon the 3008. It is a new model from 2017.
Appearence & Design (7.5/10)
This fountain pen has some similarities with the TWSBI 580 (overall shape and design) and the Lamy Safari (nib and feed).
It is a clear demonstrator with gold trims and a coloured tube in the piston-filler's mechanics. This tube can have different colours, as black, pink, green and blue. Maybe there will be some more colours. The barrel is not round, it has (if I counted right) 16 facets.
The cap is a screw-on type. It can be posted, but it will sit at the very end of the pen, making it quite unbalanced. There is no inner cap, like ith the Twsbi. Maybe this could make the nib to dry more quickly but on the other hand it looks much better.
On the cap top there is no logo, just a shiny rounded plate. At the other end of the cap is a broad golden band with two grooves. On one side there are two chinese signs engraved, on the opposite there is the number 3008.
The nib is short. It has the same dimensions and appearance like the nibs on the Lamy Safari. The nib is made of stainless steal without anygold plating. There is a breather hole and a small logo embossed, als well als the letter F for the nib with. The feed is made of clear plastic which looks very good in a demonstrator, unlike many others which have a black or grey feed.
Construction & Quality (7/10)
The pen looks solid and well made. There is only one thing that's not perfect: the gold trims, especially on the clip, look a bit cheap and not perfect shiny. I doubt that they would last for a long time. But I have no experience with that pen, so maybe in a few months I can say more about its durabilty.
The mechanics is made completely of plastic. That coloured tube which looks like Aluminium is just metalic painted plastic. I have no problem with that. It's working fine, and does not look too cheap. The clip is usable but can be moved to the side a bit. I is not so solid as it's looking.
Weight & Dimensions (9/10)
The weight is: 24.3 g (with cap) and 13.3 g (without cap)
The lenght is: 140 mm (capped), 130 mm (uncapped), 170 mm (posted)
The diameter is: 14.95 mm (cap band), 12.63 mm (barrel), 9,78-10.85 mm (grip section)
The pen is long enough to be comfortably used without posting the cap. The grip section is a good average. It could be a bit thicker for my taste. The pen feels lightweight but not too light and it is well balanced. Capped it is too long and unbalanced.
(for comparison: 1. Lamy 2000, 2. TWSBI Eco, 3. Wing Sung 3008, 4. Lamy Vista, 6. Platinum Preppy)
Nib & Performance (9/10)
When I looked to the nib and feed, it came to me that I've seen such before. Indeed the nib has the same dimensions as the nibs on some Lamy pens, like the Safari, Vista, Nexx etc. I tried to exchange the nib with one from my Lamy Vista - and it fit perfectly.
So if you're looking for more nib sizes, like a stub nib or even a gold nib, you can easily replace it with a Lamy's.
The nib is hard and stiff and does not show any sign of flex at all. Nevertheless it is an angreeable wirter, as it is smooth and well polished. It does not write worse than any of my Lamys.
I got it with an F nib which ist quite truely an F (not so fine like a Japanese fine, and not that broad like some Pelikan fines.)
The ink flow is constant and on the wetter side. I had no problems with skipping or hard starts.
Filling System & Maintenance (8/10)
This pen is a piston-filler. But it's machanism is a bit different than usual. When you turn the piston knob, it will not screw out but turn in place.
The piston is moving smoothly.
The pen can be disassembled without tools, just by holding the gold ring above the piston knob and unscrewing the barrel.
The gold ring at the end of the grip section can be unscrewed too. The cap top with the clip can be removed with a small Philips screw driver from the inside of the cap.
As the piston knob is rotating free, it cannot be tightened. This feels a bit odd.
Cost & Value (10/10)
I purchased it in a set of four pens on Amazon for about 16€. So it's 4€ per pen. This is a ridiculous low price for a piston-filler fountain pen and a beautiful demonstrator. A TWSBI eco costs here about 40€, a TWSBI diamond 580 about 70€ and a Pelikan M205 >100€. So I can get 10-17 Wing Suns for the price of a TWISBI!
I got mine without any box and instructions, just in a plastic sleeve. I don't know whether there might be a gift box or retailer's package in China.
It is a nice and well-made fountain pen for a very affordable price. It is the best Chinese pen I have tested so far.
Edited by Nyanzilla, 21 September 2017 - 08:10.