Wing Sung 659

Welcome to the land of cheapo fakes and clones! Already name-dropped in my review on the Pilot Metro, the Wing Sung 659 is a Pilot 78G clone. Plenty underpriced, you can get them off eBay in a whole range of colours, and in both silver and gold trims. The important thing (for me) was that... Continue Reading →

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Ohto Poche

Sometimes gems turn up on Massdrop: established brands for a steal, or things that I would not otherwise have known of. My first experience with them was for the Pilot Metro, and this was another: Ohto is a Japanese brand with innovative designs and pens to fit a budget. I gave this a go because I... Continue Reading →

Esterbrook SJ (1950s)

If ever there was an entry-level workhorse vintage pen, this would be it. Esterbrook was a hugely-respected company that made so many cheap pens that it’s not hard to find a specimen or two for almost the same kind of money one would spend on a modern entry-level. The J/LJ/SJ models are by far the... Continue Reading →

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