Nib – Fine Steel
Body – Plastic
Cap – Metal
Ink Source – Built in squeeze-converter
Length – Capped =14.2cm – Uncapped = 12.4cm – Posted = 15.8cm
Diameter – 10mm at widest point
Price – £4.77 ($8.00)
The Wing Sung 233 is a very retro pen. Although not really a direct copy of any well-know brand pen, it is very reminiscent of the 50/60s Sheaffers, especially with it’s very gaudy tubular nib. I ordered then pen from aliexpress at the very end of July and it arrived a week later. The packaging was very protective; sandwiched in a cut-out between two pieces of foam, the amount of packing tape made it a challenge to open but I got there eventually. The description states the pen was made between ’91 and ’93. It comes in cream, black, green and maroon, I got maroon.
To review this pen I’ll start from the top down. The cap is a polished piece of steel with decorative lines stamped into it, along with “WING SUNG” on one side and some Chinese characters along with “233”, on the other. It is a very solid cap, and just like all Chinese pens I have encountered, a very well secured cap. It takes quite a tug to remove it which I enjoy in a pen. The clip is a basic piece stamped metal which is slightly off centre but apart from that slight niggle it is pretty secure and has ample spring to hold it into your pockets. The cap also posts well but this isn’t very necessary as the pen has ample length for most users to use unposted.
Once you pull the cap of you are presented with the main feature of this pen; the nib. This nib is quite a statement. It wraps around the whole section and is about two centimetres long, with “MADE IN CHINA” and some more Chinese characters stamped on it. Despite the size and length, the gold-coloured steel nib has little flex and is very stiff. There isn’t a choice of nib size and comes in a very nice fine that is suited perfectly for everyday writing. The nib was buttery smooth straight out the b̶o̶x̶ foam and I have not adjusted anything on the pen. It lays down a wet thin line and the feed has no problem keeping up with fast paced writing. It does not hard-start after being left uncapped for a couple of minutes not skip at all. My only issue is that I find the nib a bit too stiff for my liking but this is not a real deal-breaker. For a five pound pen the nib has been very satisfying and quite an interesting experience to write with.
Between the grip and barrel their is a rather odd looking ink window, despite its orange colouring it is still usable and does help you see how much ink is left in your pen. I imagine its main reason was aesthetics and it does a good job in adding a bit of flair to what might have been an otherwise dull pen. Below this window is the barrel, it is a simple plastic one which tapers to the end, it has quite a nice feeling to it and has quite a nice weight to it which helps balance the pen.
Filling the pen is simple, unscrew the barrel and you are presented with an old fashioned converter. All you have to do is stick the nib into your favourite ink and give it a few squeezes. The converter works very well and I have had not problems with spills or leaks.
Looks – 8/10 – For me, it is a great looking pen. I love the in-your-face nib and quirky ink window
Build Quality – 8/10 – A very solid feeling pen, I have no issues with build quality apart from the slightly misaligned clip. One thing that did impress me was how well the cap and barrel line up. Once clipped together you can’t feel the join line.
Price – 9/10 – For less than a Lamy nib you can get a fully fledged pen that just needs ink to get writing. I think this pen presents unreal value for money.
Performance – 8/10 – The nib is smooth, stiff and has slight feedback. No real problems but it is just a tad to stiff for my liking
Overall – 8/10 – Awesome pen, great starter and also a great pen for anyone interested in fountain pens, this one provides a lot of fun for not much money.
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