Wing Sung 233
After importing Hero pens from China for a number of years in the late '90s, I thought I'd try Shanghai's 2nd-largest pen manufacturer, which was Wing Sung, which had also been around for decades. Hero subsequently purchased the company but now it appears that it's no longer a separate brand.
While Hero has designed quite a few pens based on earlier Parker models, the Wing Sung pens were more of an homage to Sheaffer! Most notable is the use of a Triumph-style wrap-around, conical nib.
The Wing Sung pens offered here are NOS (new, old stock) and so are consequently a bit shop-worn (meaning they might need a bit of polishing, but at this price, are a terrific value).
"Hi Norman, the pens and the lovely pen pouch have emerged from their "black hole" (Danish customs) today. Thank you, they are great writers - especially the Wing Sung 233, which combines an XF line with a bit of response, almost "flex" - I can imagine how a Triumph nib must have been, with this clone. Pity neither is made anymore...Thanks for some lovely pens and a Happy easter to you and yours."
H. N., Denmark
"Yay! The pen arrived today. Thanks so much for
the fast shipping -- the closest thing to instant gratification one can get
when there aren't any fountain pen stores to visit near by. And the pen is
lovely. It writes beautifully, too. I am constantly surprised at how good
these Chinese pens are. How can those manufacturers get these nibs so smooth
at such a low price point? There are other pen manufacturers who could use
some lessons, I think...Thanks again for your wonderful service."
"Hello your Nibs, the two pens I ordered probably
came in last week but as I was traveling, I could only pick them up yesterday.
Wow, indeed I am very happy with both of them. As you said, very different
from the Wing Sung, and different from each other, but I find I already like
them all. The Wing Sung is a stay-at-home these days (my purse was getting so
heavy with all the favorites I carried, I made a radical change and removed
about ten) but it's within easy reach. The Rocket
is staying in my purse though. What a nice little piece of writing technology.
I have something with small pens that are still heavy enough to write well
"Dear Norman: My order arrived Friday. As usual,
the fountain pens and bottled ink were well packed and arrived safe and sound.
Also, your personal, sealed note is always a treat. After flushing the
fountain pens with a light solution of soap and water (as per your suggestion)
I dipped the nibs in ink and gave the pens a short "test drive." Both pen
wrote smoothly without skip or effort. Your inspection and "tuning" of the
nibs really adds value to an already great pen purchase deal. Keep up the good
work Norman. You make it possible for people, like me, who have a large love
of fountain pens and a very small budget, to own and enjoy some very nice
writing fountain pens without having to get a third job to pay for them. Good
luck and much continued success with His Nibs.com."
"Hi Norman: The Wing Sung arrived in good
order. I dip-tested it and it writes very nicely, even to someone who's more
accustomed to a medium nib. The color is wonderful, and is a perfect match
for the model 730 I acquired a few months ago, which came from the seller's
mother's estate and is 30 years old (came in the original box, too). I'm
becoming a fan of the modern Chinese pen, as I think it offers great value for
the price. I'll be visiting your web site again to see some of your others
goodies. The note you included was a nice touch! Thanks. It's the first
correspondence I've ever received with a seal affixed. And I finally
was able to refold it. You must do Origami! This whole transaction has been
a pleasure. A friend in the Netherlands cued me in your direction, since we
share a common interest in older Wing Sung pens."
"Norm: I have received the pens yesterday in good condition. Followed your cleaning recommendation, which was very helpful. Ink one of the pens this morning. All I can say is this product is an incredible value, along with your QC before shipment. Thank you for your service. The pen writes flawlessly and is reasonable in price. Well done."
J. A., Richmond, VA
"The Jinhao is beautiful
and I can't believe the quality of this pen and for such a modest price. It
looks great, it feels great and is packaged like an expensive pen. I recently
bought the Conklin Nozac (the reissue) and there is no comparison, in my
opinion. But the Wing Sung is a delight and will be the pen most used. So once
again thank you."
"Hello Norman. I
ordered the Wing Sung 233 FP and a few other pens from you a few weeks ago. I
love fine point and extra fine point fountain pens and I'm amazed how smooth
the Wing Sung 233 writes. I've used it everyday since received. I have some
costlier fountain pens in my collection and I can honestly say that I, based
purely upon how the Wing Sung writes, I prefer this pen over some of the more
expensive fountain pens in my collection."
"The Wing Sung 233s are sleek, compact, and good writers at a good price. I got one for myself and one for my son because he wanted a refillable fountain, pen and I thought the vacuum filler complemented the pen's historic styling."
A. Y., Camarillo, CA
I received my order of the Wing Sung 233 on Saturday last. First ink was a
true joy, Filled with Parker Quink Black with no problem and flow was
immediate. On this pen I would have to say that the line is closer to fine
than medium though. There is very little tooth to the nib and it almost
glides across the page. Fit, finish and feel are all well above average. A
definite keeper and I believe that it will have a prominent place in my
"Wow. The light teal Wing Sung arrived
today. Much thanks. Its a great pen. Amazing how a pen with a nib that fine
can be that smooth. You are truly a god among pen sellers! ;-) I also used
it to write a short note which will go out in the snailmail tomorrow. I
think everyone should have at least one Wing Sung. It should be mandatory.
Especially people who think they may not like extra fine nibs. A Wing Sung,
with HISNIBS QC, is an amazing pen. Again thanks."
"Hello Norman, I love my Wing Sung 233 so much, I must have more! Please send me a PayPal invoice for one burgundy and one black. I am also really enjoying the Pilot 78G stub. It gives wonderful line variation." L.L., Raleigh, NC
writing with the Wing Sung all evening---oh, my! This is even better than the
Hero 100. (And to think that for months I scoffed at the very idea of these
"cheap" Chinese pens!) Though it feels almost too light, the slightly longer
length gives ideal control and handling. It writes like a smooth and wet
medium nib (with Noodler's Navy Blue ink), though I was fearing that it would
lay a dry extra fine type of line. Well, this will easily become my daily use
pen. You can expect me to order more of these very soon! I love the
torpedo/submarine shape---very reminiscent, as you say, of old Sheaffer
"Very many thanks for the Wing Sung 233 fountain
pen which arrived today. Even with the cost of postage to the UK, this pen is
still ridiculously cheap - and it writes superbly."
#233 Black $15.00
#233 Burgundy $15.00 Sold out
#233 Mocha $15.00 Sold out
#233 Light Teal $15.00 Sold out
Reminiscent of the Sheaffer TM of the early 1950's, these pens measure about 5-1/2" capped and a full 6" posted. The pen sports a steel cap with subtle pinstriping and a spring-loaded clip. The cap band is marked with the Chinese characters for 'Wing Sung', as well as the model number '233' and 'Wing Sung' in English
Removing the slip cap -- which securely snaps back into place -- displays the wrap-around, conical nib. It's gold-plated steel, and equates to a western fine. Like most nibs designed for the Asian market, it's designed to be firm for writing the more intricate Chinese characters. The nib is engraved with the Chinese characters for 'Wing Sung', along with 'Made in China' written in English.
Also readily apparent is the ambered ink-vue window, which allows the user to instantly determine when it's time for a refill. Unscrewing the barrel reveals the pump-style filler, for use with bottled ink.
As with all new pens, I recommend to run a dilute solution of dishwashing soap (two or three drops to a small bowl of water) through a new pen a few times, followed by water only. Step one is effective at removing manufacturing oils that can tend to make the ink less than enthusiastic in heading from the converter/filler to the nib, and step two removes the traces of the detergent you've used...which tends to have the opposite, diuretic effect.
IMPORTANT SERVICE NOTE: Every nib that ships from His Nibs is closely examined under high magnification and tuned or adjusted if needed. About 85% of modern nibs need some adjustment out-of-the-box from the manufacturer for an optimal writing experience. Most commonly, the tines of the nib are misaligned -- which would cause scratchiness at the minimum; the slit between the tines is partially or fully closed -- which would starve the nib of ink and at best cause skipping; or the slit between the tines is too wide -- which will either again cause skipping, or conversely, flooding. There are other factors -- such as separation of the nib from the feed -- that are inspected and repaired before any pen leaves the Palace.
The only 100% guarantee of course comes when the pen is actually filled with ink and written with for the first time, but our pre-shipping inspections and tunings have eliminated 99.99999 (my finger is getting tired) of the frustrations that a customer experiences when first using a new fountain pen. Although this can be time-consuming on occasion, it affords our customers a much more pleasant experience when receiving a fountain pen from His Nibs -- and saves us the frustration of dealing with returns!
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Revised: April 20th, 2014