The Wing Sung 6359 is a popular Chinese fountain pen. It’s a direct clone of the Lamy Al-Star with a number of directly copied details.
The Wing Sung 6359 is almost an exact match of the Lamy Al-Star, the company’s mid-range pen in the line that’s built on the Safari design. The resemblance between the Wing Sung 6359 and Al-Star is nearly perfect. Both pens have:
- aluminum body with metallic paint
- modular Lamy nib
- converter with red knob
- window to view the ink level
- round wire clip
The difference between the two are much less than the price difference ($1 vs $40) would have you expect. The Lamy is made to slightly better tolerances and the converter is nice, but in terms of the body and grip the Wing Sung is just as good as the Lamy. At a glance the only ways to tell them apart are that:
- The Al-Star has “Lamy” embossed on one side of the body
- The 6359 comes in some colors that the Lamy does not, like pink
- The Lamy nib will say “Lamy” on it where the Wing Sung just says “EF”
- Flat sides of the Lamy comes to a more distinct corner, the 6359 is more rounded
The Wing Sung 6359 is generally sold in a 0.38 mm Extra Fine (EF) stainless steel nib and will included the converter but no cartridges. The pen can post but generally doesn’t need it.
Wing Sung 6359 Review
It you like the Lamy Al-Star, Lx, Safari, or Vista you’ll like the Wing Sung 6359. The pen really is a close match to those pens, which is to say that it’s lightweight, but a nice size, and good looking.
The EF nib on the 6359 tends to show up being very dry writing, which is a problem for left-handed individuals (like myself). With a little pressure this nib will open up — permanently if you apply a bit more pressure — and be very free-flowing with its ink. And you don’t have to worry much about the pen or its nib since its costs under $2. The quality control on Wing Sung nibs isn’t very good so some tweaks are often necessary.
The EF nib has some feedback but less than you might expect. Once again the pen follows the Lamy model where the EF nib is relatively wet and is what most people would consider a “European” EF or more like a Japanese pen’s F or even M.
The build quality of the pen and grip section are both very good. Tolerances are exact and the part feel well made. The cap has a nice snap in place and everything feels secure.
The only lackluster build part of the pen is the converter. While it’s functional and seems trustworthy (no problems yet!) the knob has some play to it which seems concerning. This is likely not and issue but it breaks the illusion that this is a wonderful made pen. Ultimately it’s built well enough, and that’s what matters.
The Wing Sung 6359 has a triangular grip section made of smooth, glossy plastic, just like the Lamy Al-Star. While this grip isn’t for everyone, most people are OK with it. It does not seem any different on the 6359 versus the Lamy except the clear plastic on the Wing Sung looks better.
Ultimately the Wing Sung 6359 is a surprisingly good pen. The nib isn’t quite as nice as Lamy’s EF but you can put a Lamy nib on it if you’d like. Given that this pen costs something like 1/20 the price of the Al-Star it’s worth at least knowing about. Whether you should buy it or not will depend on how you feel about clone pens.
Wing Sung 6359 Fountain Pen Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Pen Type||Fountain Pen | Cartridge/Converter|
|Barrel Color||Gold, Pink, Blue, Black, Green|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Capped? Retractable?||Capped - Snap On|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)||13.9|
|Length Posted (cm)||17.3|
|Length Uncapped (cm)||12.9|
|Nib Material||Stainless Steel|
|Nib Sizes||Extra Fine, Fine|
|Writing Sizes||Extra Fine|