I have been a long-time follower here, but this is going to be my first post. So, I would appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Recently Wing Sung came up with 3013, a new vacuum filler pen. I purchased mine from Bobby’s store on AliExpress. First, I want to thank Bobby for his good quality packaging and service. When I got the pen I briefly cleaned it using dish soap (and probably removed the silicone grease) and inked it with Monteverde Horizon Blue. Here is my review:
Appearance & Design (8/10)
Contrary to some comments I have seen about the pen, I liked the bulbous design around the belly. I got mine in purple, which kind of imitates the Pelikan M205 Amethyst in color. Sadly, I don’t have it to post comparison pictures. There are two things I don’t like very much. First, the cap and the filler knob have diamond faceted designs. I think it does not suit the round shape and the belly of the pen. I would really prefer a classic design in these two areas. The other thing which may bother some, but does not affect me is the step from the barrel to the feed. It is quite sharp. As I said it does not bother me but might affect you more based on your grip.
The material does not feel great but I believe it feels much better than the 3008. I like the plain design on the nib of my 698 better but the nib design of my medium nib is also not bad.
Construction & Quality (6/10)
The pen has medium quality. As I said the material does not feel great but it is acceptable. The bigger problem for me is the construction quality. When I wanted to operate the filler, I accidently disassembled the whole mechanism. It allowed me to clean the pen but it really was not my intention. It works better now but you could see the shady quality especially on the threads. I don’t expect to pass this pen to my grand children so you should just beware. My 3008 has some stains from my limited use. I think I filled it three times and I can see each color in separate parts of the pen. The color of the 3013 will at least not show any staining if it happens. The barrel has an o-ring and it feels very solid when capping or uncapping the pen. I like it much better than Wing Sung 3008 or 698.
Weight & Dimensions (8/10)
The pen is hefty. It feels big in hand and has some weight. It has the size of a Lamy Safari when capped or uncapped so it is not a huge pen but the diameter and the weight make it feel quite big. For me it was a nice change as I do not have such pens in my small collection. The cap does not post but I prefer to use my pens unposted, so no issues there.
Nib & Performance (8/10)
I chose the M nib from Bobby’s store. I also have a 698 in Fine. The fine nib is smooth for its size but it also feels a bit scratchy and writes like a nail, especially if I do not use pressure. The medium nib was a nice change. I like the smoothness of it. I did not have to adjust the nib. This is a great relief as I don’t know how to do it. I am definitely happy with my choice here. I should say that the Fine nib on my 3008 feels smoother than the Medium on my 3013 but I don’t have big complaints.
I had a drying issue when I first started using it. I left the pen with the nib facing down and went to have a coffee. It was writing well when I got back. The issue may be a result of insufficient cleaning. I had the same problem a couple of times. I think it might be related to cleaning but we are going to see. If it happens frequently than I would give the performance a 6. The problem that I have is that the ink pools at the two ends of the feed (as in the picture). I think there is a problem with the flow, may be due to production debris.
Filling System & Maintenance (10/10) –
As many people will do, I purchased this pen because it is a vacuum filler. I should say that I probably would have bought one if it was a piston filler because I really liked the color. I might even consider to purchase a Paili in Pelikan Aquamarine. It was my first experience with a vacuum filler. I am happy with the ink capacity and ease of use (Except for the little problem I had with disassembling the whole mechanism). I used some paper towel to clean the inside of the barrel, probably I will continue to do so because it will dry much faster this way. The ink does not go all the way to the top. There is a 2 cm gap on top of the barrel, but this capacity is enough for me. I usually do not fill my piston fillers all the way to the top.
Cost & Value (8/10)
I purchased the pen from Bobby’s store on AliExpress. It is now available with lower prices but I am happy with the service an especially the Medium nib option, except for the looks where I prefer the plain nibs on my 698. The good quality nib and the vacuum filling makes this pen worthwhile. I am happy with my purchase even though I have no idea about how long it will last me
Conclusion (Final score, 49/60)
I really liked the pen and the novelty of the vacuum filling. The color is nice, it feels better than its price. I would recommend it to someone who wants to try vacuum filling. For serious people it might be better to wait for Wing Sung 699.