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Twsbi - Again With Tha Pens!


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#1 watch_art

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:21

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So here's my input into the TWSBI world. I love it. One of the nicest pens I've used, and lucky me, I didn't even have to buy one. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't going to either, so it was really lucky that I got this. Getting this pen has also allowed me to help out a few FPNers who have had small problems with their TWSBI pens and have since modified them for juicy flow or piston problems (just getting it back together the first time can be tough).

This is my favorite pen to take with me to use at school. Currently filled with Bay State Blue, which at school is perfect because of spilled coffee or paint water all over the place, and I can't have my grades erased because I used a non-waterproof ink. Ugh.

I don't really have anything special to add to all the other TWSBI reviews out there except my own personal thoughts and experiences with it. At school, even with kids who've seen it, USED it, it still gets LOTS of attention. I had my MB 149 with me one day playing with it and they just wanted to see the TWSBI. Mind you I'm not at the front of class showing them off, but when I'm writing something or marking grades I use my FPs.

It's a tough pen, and like you can see in Speedy's video, it's not going to break if you drop it by accident. ...or if you throw it at a hormonal student. :roflmho:

My main complaint is with the cap threads. Sometimes I have to wiggle the cap a bit to get it started. And then there's the posting issue. I wish the barrel end had a bit more taper so the cap could post farther down past the knob. Some people have had issues loosening the knob when they unpost the cap, and I did too at first. Actually the knob wouldn't even snug down. It was always just a bit loose. So I adjusted the piston so it was slightly farther down in the pen, so the rod wouldn't back up against the filler knob when snugged down, and it did the trick.

I'm gonna say again, the same thing that others have said, best dang pen for $40 around. Unless you wanna an old beat up Parker Vac or something like that, that you can fix up yourself. This thing rocks.

A ton of comparo shots and other stuff...

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:35

Very nice :D

I just got mine too and I am very pleased with it. Without a doubt one of best bang for the buck pens available.
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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:36

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 01:37

I hope this isn't too off topic but the little girl in me just has to ask: what is that bright pink fountain pen with what looks to be a painted nib? It's awesome and I can't read the writing because of glare.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 01:41

I hope this isn't too off topic but the little girl in me just has to ask: what is that bright pink fountain pen with what looks to be a painted nib? It's awesome and I can't read the writing because of glare.


It looks like a Wality. Watch_art will have to confirm which model.

In regards to the OP, this is a great review. I also enjoy your drawing style.
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Posted 14 February 2011 - 01:51

Thanks! And yep, Wality. Piston fill. Gave it to an old friend of mine recently.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 19:29

I know what you mean about it's attraction to kids. British kids are just the same as American kids in this respect. One student that I teach is presumably happily using my first TWSBI as it mysteriously disappeared off my desk one day, never to be seen again. It's not the first pen to have wandered in school, so I remain philosophical about it and have just bought a replacement. :)
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Posted 18 February 2011 - 13:13

Thanks for all the line-up photos!

I've resisted buying a TWSBI out of concern that it would be too big or heavy for me. Seeing it next to a Safari and an Esterbrook (that is a J in photo 001, right?) I'm thinking I still need to wait until TWSBI gets around to offering a junior version.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 13:40

Nope. No esterbrooks in these photos. The pens next to it in 001 are a pilot vanishing point, and then the pilot custom 742.

There are pics of it next to an M200, and that pen is pretty close in size to an ester J.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 02:16

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Is this picture, what's the pen furthest left?

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 02:48

:roflmho:

HAAAAAAA h ah ahaa haaaa!! You caught me! I totally didn't see that there.

Yes. Ester J.

Doy!!

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 03:22

Tell me about that pretty lime green pen!!

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 04:03

Pretty sure that is a Pilot Prera :)

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 04:05

Pretty sure that is a Pilot Prera :)


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Posted 19 February 2011 - 13:26

Yuppers. A prera.

Here's the story, actually:

http://www.fountainp...56-pilot-prera/

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:31

Great review. I've had my TWSBI for over a month now and love it. I've found the same experience as you about the attention it gets. Someone sat next to me in a recent meeting, asked about it and is thinking about ordering her own. Really enjoyable pen to write with.
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 15:17

Have you noticed any staining with the BSB that can't be removed? I'm thinking about inking mine with it, but I'm wondering how much it'll stain. I don't know if I'd really care all that much if it does, but something in me just wants to keep the pen looking pristine.
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 15:30

Well, yeah, of course. But if you wash it with a very mild bleach solution, the staining disappears. No prob. Cleaned mine like that after the first fill of BSB ran out and it works like a charm.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:55

Did you have to mod the feeder and/or the nib?
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 12:07

Did you have to mod the feeder and/or the nib?


what do you mean? The only time I did anything to my twsbi was when I first got it. It was quite dry so I hacked the feed and spread the tines a TEENY TINY bit.

But as far as doing anything special for BSB? No... just cleaned the pen and loaded it up. It hasn't had a problem at all. I've had about 10 different inks through it, and none of them caused any problems...

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