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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, I received the Wing Sung Salmon Crest and the Monteverde Napa (stub nib) pens last Mon. & I'm very pleased with both. The Salmon Crest is an excellent jotting pen that writes fine and is reliable on all types of paper. I'm really enjoying the Napa with the stub nib. This pen is attractive and has just the right amount of heft to produce clear calligraphic lettering. It writes incredibly smooth. I must admit that I've never had so much fun writing! Thanks for these great pens."  
KFG  Columbus, OH

#840 Salmon Crest    $25.00    Sold out

I'm taking a liberty in calling this pen a Crest, but that's so obviously what it is trying to copy in design.

        
                Wing Sung Salmon Crest                                                        Sheaffer Crest

At about one-eighth the original price of the Sheaffer model --  -- you have a slightly smaller version -- in all dimensions -- measuring 5-1/4" capped, 5-3/4" posted and 4-3/4" with cap held aside.

                

                                                           

The barrel is finished in a lovely salmon-colored lacquer, and the gold-plated slip cap has a fluted design along with a spring-mounted clip. The cap band has the Chinese characters for 'Wing Sung' etched upon it, as well as '840'.

The two-toned gold-plated steel Triumph-style nib reprises the Chinese characters, as well as saying 'Made in China'.


I'd rate the nib as a typical western x-fine.

 

 

                      Unscrewing the barrel reveals the aerometric-style pump 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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If an item proves to be defective, in most cases the manufacturer's warranty will apply. However, please email us first so that we can determine the easiest way to resolve the problem to your satisfaction. In the case of fountain pens -- which are a bit more individualistic than other writing instruments -- what may at first appear to be a defect (hard starting or poor flow for example), can in almost all cases be resolved with a few simple 'tweaks' to the nib, which we'll be happy to guide you through or perhaps suggest returning to us for adjustment.

Should you wish to return a non-defective item within 3 days of receipt because it doesn't suit you for some reason, again please email us and we'll arrange an exchange, credit or refund (minus any shipping/insurance charges), if the item is returned in an 'as new' condition. If you've dipped a fountain pen to try its writing characteristics, kindly clean off any ink residue prior to shipping -- to save us both a nasty surprise .

We want you to be happy with your purchase from HisNibs.com and hope to have you join the ranks of our many long-term, repeat customers!

 

Revised: September 1st, 2014

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