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So I Bought A Twsbi...
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I have no experience with TWSBI, but as a general point, this is always what you should do if a new pen falls below reasonable expectations. My point applies perhaps more to the larger established companies, but it's only if people really follow up QC issues that they will get it into their heads to fix them.
Or should I send the pen back for a replacement and give the brand another chance?
Posted 05 November 2010 - 02:31
Edited by Basset, 05 November 2010 - 02:31.
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 04:13
I spent a little quality time with the spanner, all the seals, and all the threads, and a tube of Lube Tube (silicone pool sealant/lubricant). There's still a little line of ink (or grease?) between the section and body, but once the stuff worked into the threads it's not leaked a drop. I'm still using the "leaky" piston, too (I'll be putting in the new 1.5 piston when I write it dry) - this stuff is really good.
Edit: I still get dripping from the feed into the cap, but that's unavoidable.
Edited by Chrontius, 05 November 2010 - 04:14.
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:52
While I want to encourage a new pen maker---especially in this economy!---it seems to me that products should not be released until they are free of malfunctions. A new pen should not leak, not even if it is reasonably priced, nor should customers be obliged to do their own repair work. Of course a dud is possible with any product, but it appears that my pen is not the only one to have left the factory with the leaking defect.
but if we waited for all our products to be bug free, 100% bug free, we'd only be buying pencils and walking around. even then some erasers wouldn't work right, some leads would be too hard or soft, would be toothy and scratchy, and the soles of our shoes would fall off.
nothing is ever 100% bug free. there will always be a dud or the one that slipped through. the TWSBI is a great pen especially for the price and ESPECIALLY for the customer service.
I say contact speedy and wait for another pen. I'm ROUGH with mine. It's hit the floor a few times (oops) luckily capped, and it hasn't developed leaks past the 1.5 seal OR dripped into the cap (not much anyways).
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:49
I try not to compare it with other pens that I have because that would just not be a fair comparison. I have compared it to the Lamy Al-Star because it is the same price. The Lamy is a smoother writer but to me it is just one of the ugliest pens out there and that clip is just hideous! I would not carry the Lamy Al-Star or use it in a professional setting! I would also not carry a leaky pen anywhere but neither one of the TWSBIs that I have had had a leaking problem.
"When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for...that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation."
"You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it"
Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:56
It happens. Anyone who has read threads here will realize that even $1,000. pens sometimes do not work correctly out of the box. Parker has made the large Duofolds for decades and I am sure that now and again someone gets a dud. It happens.
The TWSBI nibs I have are smooth but they do have some tooth and sound to them. These are not Delta or Omas nibs. Again, I like mine, but I would not describe them as greasy smooth. It does not sound like you will be happy with this pen in the end.
Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:57
Before you send it back, try to get in contact with Speedy. There's a reason why TWSBI is known to have excellent service. Best of luck to you.
OK, not bashing here but a couple of comments, sometimes I can't resist one of my many failings.
Great customer service is wonderful, but from a sigma point of view how much is it needed? How many returns, replacmensts or nib adjustments have to be done? Also no offense but its a 40$ piston filler. So its a gamble. I may try one someday but not yet.
I would also suggest some silicone grease around the threads, that should keep it from leaking but you may see some ink make its way into the threads but not out of the pen and onto your hands..
The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
- Mark Twain in a Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888
Posted 05 November 2010 - 13:28
If you don't see crack on the section, it should not leak.
I suggest you thread off the section, push off the feeder holder from back of the section, make sure the o-ring is there, re-connect all the parts again and try filling with water (so not to waste your ink) and see if there still leaking.
you see, the construction of this pen is very simple to do DIY work, maybe it is just not thread tight enough between section and barrel. pls check again and let me know the result, pls email a copy to my mail email@example.com
If any product related issue, pls send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 05 November 2010 - 14:25