Thursday, March 2, 2017

Patience is a virtue (my new Wing Sung 698)....

It was mailed to me near the end of November last year from China, and it reached my mailbox near the end of February (three months later!), but it arrived safe & sound and cost me less than $21 USD (including shipping).
Introducing my new Wing Sung '698' piston-filler....

The 698 has a nice, smooth F nib on it which writes like a Western Fine nib and doesn't dry up after being capped for 3-4 days. The piston-filling mechanism works well, but you need to remember to "unlock" the piston turning knob (at the end of the barrel) before engaging the mechanism. I didn't realize this, because it wasn't shown in the illustrated instruction manual, and thought the knob was stuck! Luckily, though, I didn't force it, but took a closer look at the mechanism and discovered that you have to pull and twist the knob to unlock it. To lock the turning knob down, you simply reverse this action (the eBay seller from whom I purchased the pen has since added this to the auction description).
All in all, I'm very pleased with my purchase---the pen writes very well and looks sharp, so it was definitely worth the wait!
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