Dr. Inkenstein has not been able to transform into Count Sockula for a while now, as some nagging pain in the hands prevents me from knitting with any but the squishiest (Comfort Choice, Bryspun) knitting needles. And Comfort Choice seems to have disappeared from the market! T_T
But the pain is not enough to prevent me from playing with new fountain pens.
The following is my usual flashpoint presentation. I can't 'rate' fountain pens on a 1-to-whatever scale; my mind simply doesn't work that way.
What I can do is show you the goods, dash off a page or so of notes, and hope you will be able to see for yourself if the pen interesting enough to warrant further investigation.
Behold! A dark, moody picture of the blue-gray Hero 592 and the Wing Sung Charcoal Stars, both in the Hero presentation box:
The Hero 592 has a sturdy feel that belies its price, and its color (soft, beautiful, like an autumn sky just before rain, or a grayed-down robin's egg) was just made for Noodler's Blue-Nose Bear ink.
The Wing Sung Charcoal Stars, while lacking the nib quality of my Waterman Maestro, has the same general look and flat-top shaping, and gunmetal contrasted with gold trim, and black section.
Here are my scribbled impressions of the two. The paper is an Office Depot composition notebook; the first ink, J Herbin Bleu Myosotis, and the second, Levenger's Gemstone Green.
The Hero was under $20; the Wing Sung under THREE. Both from isellpens.
The further I go into the world of fountain pens, the more I like Hero and Wing Sung, with the occasional sprinkling of Bookworm, Duke, Kaigelu, and Jinhao. These two will fit right in.