Classic Fountain Pens from the 80's and 90's: Made in Shanghai
By madamemao, Feb 11 2019 10:00PM
Over the last 2 years we have collected a range of fountain pens made in Shanghai in the 1980s and 1990s that are factory stock and still unused. Mostly brands like Jinhao, Lucky, Hero and Wingsung, they all have the charm, character and useability of a well-made writing instrument but at a reasonable cost.
The first 2 images are of the sought after 1990's Wingsung 400 with a solid 14K gold nib, considered far superior to its contemporary Hero counterpart. Writes like a dream. It has a steel body with a striped shading from engraving. The last images is another 14K gold nib 1990's pen, this one carrying the brand name Lucky. It has the iconic conical Wing Sung nib, rarely seen in 14K gold.
Wing Sung was one of the biggest fountain pen producers in China before it closed its doors in the late 1990's. The factory was demolished and rental income from the highrise building they built on the site was used to support it's redundant workers. That's the story anyway. The brand was acquired by Hero and in recent years they have produced some not-so-superior models under this famous old brand.