I have 8 3008s, of which 3 are inked (for a couple of months now). Of those, 2 have rust. There appear to be 2 types of screw - one a plain cross head, the other a cross head with a slot that extends across the width (so you could use either a flat blade or a cross head screwdriver). Those are the ones with rust. I do have another one un-inked with that type of screw, but it is clean so far.
Having had it pointed out, I now can't stop seeing it, so I'll have to get some stainless screws to replace them. 3 of the 3008s have coloured (non see-through) caps but those have the plain cross head screws so maybe they'll be ok.
I'm using right now one of the 3008s with a Lamy 1.1 nib and I love it! The nibs as shipped on the 3008 do seem to have heavy flow (on the 2 others I have inked), actually making much wider lines for example than the Lamy Aion with EF nib (which differ slightly to the Z50 type nib) and even a Safari fine (to my recollection, not having one inked at present: one of the reasons I went with an EF for the Aion was because I thought the Z50 Fs I had were always a little bit too wide). One of those 2 others had far too much flow and caused bad feathering, slightly improved by pressing the nib onto the feed, so I'll probably replace that with a Z50 1.1 as well and see how it goes.
I also have 4 698s, one with a replacement Pilot F (italic type from the Pluminix). Of the other 3, 2 are with the WS Fnib and one has WS EF. The Fs also vary in width, one is about the same as the Aion EF and the other finer, like a classic Pilot F. The EF is finer still.
Finally, I also have a clutch of 3003s (I have several Pilot Preras and I love the style), 2 so far inked and they write very fine indeed (marked as EF), about the same as the 698 EF.
By way of comparison, about 3 years ago I bought a TWSBI 580 with 1.1 nib which was much broader than the Lamy's I was used to, so I replaced it with an EF. That certainly writes broader than the 698/3003 EFs and is more akin to an F in my opinion. It is also quite 'vocal' as you write, so I think it needs smoothing which I haven't got round too yet. I also bought an Eco (it's around somewhere but I can't put my hands on it) with an F nib and I enjoyed that better than the 580. I also have a Nemosine 1.1 and that was as good as the Lamys. Last but not least, I have have 3 Caliarts Egos which have great F nibs.
Anyway, with the WingSungs the fact that you can swap and change the nib to a 'branded' one greatly increases their appeal. The WS 3008 with Lamy 1.1 certainly suited me much better than the TWSBI 580 with its 1.1.
Edited by garyc, 08 December 2017 - 11:55.