Review: Wing Sung 3008
It’s another home run for Wing Sung! For under $3 (with free shipping!), you get a piston-filling fountain pen that writes smoothly and is fairly sturdy. The 3008 is a solid pen that offers great value for money.
I’ve previously reviewed three Wing Sung models – the 698, 618 and the 3003. I was really impressed with the 698 and the 618, and I was also quite satisfied with the 3003. By the time I received the 3008, I had high expectations.
As with my other Wing Sung pens, I ordered the 3008 from eBay. It took around a month to arrive from China. It didn’t come in a box but was securely packaged in bubble wrap.
The pen looks undeniably like a TWSBI 580 AL. It’s a demonstrator pen, a piston-filler, has colorful piston parts, has a faceted barrel, and has similar dimensions. However, its nib is like that of the Lamy Z50 nib that could be found on the Lamy Safari, Vista, Al-Star, Studio, and other models.
The similarities with the TWSBI 580 AL are only “skin-deep”, though. In terms of construction, writing performance, nib quality, material, and feel, the TWSBI is clearly the superior pen. There is simply no comparison. But better quality comes with a steeper price tag: the TWSBI 580 AL retails for $60, which is 2000% the price of the Wing Sung 3008. (The TWSBI Diamond 580 AL was reviewed here.) The pictures below show the Wing Sung 3008 and the TWSBI Diamond 580 AL side by side.
One notable difference between the two pens is that the 3008 posts quite securely. While the TWSBI 580 AL could technically be posted, the cap awkwardly sits on top of the piston knob that writing with it posted feels unwieldy. The 3008, meanwhile, still has good balance while posted. I prefer writing with it unposted, though, as I do with most pens.
Another difference is that the Wing Sung 3008 comes with a clear feed. Yes, you can feast on that inky goodness flowing through the feed as you write!
Like the TWSBI, the 3008’s body is made of plastic. It’s available with chrome or gold-colored trim. It comes in a variety of colors, and with a clear or opaque cap.
The cap is a screw-on type and closes firmly in 1 ½ turns. The clip is sturdy and attaches the pen securely to a pocket or pen loop.
The 3008 is a medium-sized pen and is similar in size to the Lamy Safari/Vista/Al-Star, the Wing Sung 698, and as mentioned previously, the TWSBI 580 AL. It isn’t too thick nor is it too thin. It’s very comfortable to grip while writing. (The pictures below show, from left to right, the Wing Sung 698, Wing Sung 3003, Wing Sung 3008, TWSBI Diamond 580 AL, and the Lamy Al-Star.)
As far as I can tell on eBay, the pen is only available in fine (0.5 mm). It writes very smoothly and lays down a line comparable to a European F nib. (See the writing sample and comparisons below.)
The genius of this pen, though, is that the nib is interchangeable with the Lamy Z50 nib, which opens up a world of options. You could thus use the 3008 with the Lamy EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, 1.5mm, and 1.9mm nibs! You can get the quality and variety of Lamy nibs with the ink capacity of a piston-filler. The Lamy nib fits more loosely than the Wing Sung nib, but it won’t fall off easily.
I’ve been using the Wing Sung 3008 for around 3 months now and I’m happy with its performance. I would still rank the 698 as the best Wing Sung I’ve used so far, but the 3008 is a good pen in its own right. To summarize: It writes well, holds a lot of ink, and is affordable. The Wing Sung 3008 deserves a spot (or 10!) in one’s pen case.
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