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Wing Sung 3008 / Z50

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#1 AidenMark

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 10:15

A Hong Kong Ebay dealer was offering exactly Euro 1.29 (inc post) for a Wing Sung 3008 demonstrator. Ohh free stuff!!! I went for it.

 

Well, you get what you pay for: when it arrived it had great ink capacity and visibility, nice see-through feed but offered an awful writing experience.

 

The nib was slippery and on coated paper it could hardly write at all. It blocked and dried out with shimmer ink. Some work with micromesh improved the skipping but, honestly it was still pretty bad and heading for the pile of cheap pens at the back of the draw.

 

But ... out of curiosity I swapped the nib for an old Lamy Z50 that looked like it would fit. It did. Pull off, push on, no disassembly or skills required.

 

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Wow, what a difference! The combination writes well on all paper, the flow is drastically improved and works with any ink. So basically it's now a piston filler Safari with huge ink capacity. The only negative is the piston knob is a bit loose.

 

Certainly others have tried this before but even if you aren't into part swaps you owe it to yourself to try this.


Edited by AidenMark, 10 February 2019 - 05:57.

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 21:20

I have a similar experience as yours up to the micromesh...

the pen is in the back of the drawer, it's not really a bad pen but the nib felt disappointing. It improved somewhat after micromesh but I still have many better pens for this to remain almost unused.

I haven't tried the Lamy nib swop as I don't have any Safari's (I know they write well, I have tried one, but I just hate the look of the pen...)

I may have to look for a Lamy nib now...



#3 almoore

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 14:10

I like the 3008, I've been lucky with mine, they've all been good writers. Following a review, I bought some Lamy nibs and like you i got excellent results.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 15:04

My Wing Sung 3008 had a smooth and wet nib out of the box but I changed it to an aftermarket EF nib since I felt the F was too wide.

But no issue of skipping with the stock nib. If you don't have an unused Lamy nib lying around, buy an aftermarket WS 3008 nib from a trusted Ebay seller.



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Posted 10 February 2019 - 20:41

My Wing Sung 3008 with the EF nib is one of my most favorable EDC pens.  The nib was a little bit dry in the beginning but this was so easy to fix by running a brass sheet through the nib slit a couple of times and slightly enlarging it so the pen became more wet.  Nib was/is smooth, no need to use micromesh to polish mine.  To me this is the best value for money pen there is, the piston works great, the feed is clear, so I ordered some 4 or 5 more that I keep for future use.  I also thinking of getting some extra nibs in different size.  I have tried OEM Lamy Safari nibs on my WS 3008 and they do not fit perfectly, they are a bit loose on my 3008 feed. I could try to bend them with a pliers but I am too afraid this might ruin the Lamy nib.  Hope this helps some...


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#6 Brandywine

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 14:10

When I ordered my set of four 3008s, I had already heard of that (where else than here) and

I ordered some Z50 exchange stub nibs together with them.

Not the German made from Lamy, but made in China.

 

I do not like the super-thin asian nibs, so I never tried the nibs that came with the 3008s;
but the exchange nibs do very well.

So far, the pens do not tend to dry out and write fine. I'm very pleased with them!

 

The only problem is: The nibs sit very loosely on the pens and may fall off!

Someone here complained that his/her nib fell into the inkpot while he/she was filling the pen. :D



#7 OCArt

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 00:54

Just take a pair of pliers and gently squeeze the sides of the nib until the grasp the WS feed better, that's what I did.

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The only problem is: The nibs sit very loosely on the pens and may fall off!

Someone here complained that his/her nib fell into the inkpot while he/she was filling the pen. :D



#8 Amory

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 10:41

I’ve been using Lamy Z50 nibs on 3008’s for some time now. The feed keeps up with ink demands of 1.5 & 1.9 stubs far better than my Safari ever did.
For extra fine nib which I prefer for journaling I use the cheap copy nibs sold on eBay.





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