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#1 Jared C

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 03:51

It got to the point where I didn't use my TWSBI as much as I liked. It is a very sound pen, but I never used it because it was so slick in my hands. The plastic it is made out of is just too slippery when it gets any kind of hand-oils or sweat on it.

So, I set out to fix that.

http://www.flickr.co...00@N05/?saved=1

I disassembled the pen, and wetsanded it with 500 grit sandpaper. NO MORE SLIDING AROUND! It feels much much better now, stays in my hand, comfortable, and kinda looks neat too.

I tried to take it easy on the faceted part of the body, to only catch the ridges and not the main flat facets in the middle.

sorry for the flickr link, instead of posting them here, didn't want to go through the photobucket trouble.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 03:57

Super cool!!!
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Posted 17 February 2011 - 03:57

Pretty neat looking, well done.
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#4 Jared C

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 03:59

It is fairly sad though that a 40 dollar pen, with this simple modification, beats the fire out of my lamy 2k...and maybe even a VP.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 04:05

It is fairly sad though that a 40 dollar pen, with this simple modification, beats the fire out of my lamy 2k...and maybe even a VP.


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Posted 17 February 2011 - 04:24

you really added a personal ambiance by dulling out the piston cap too. nice work!

#7 Jared C

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 04:32

Thats where the end of the pen lands in my hand, so it was causing just as much trouble as the section. I was going to leave the very end of the pen glossy, but I figured I would try to make the pen cohesive, so it got sanded too. I need to figure out how to disassemble the cap so I can get it too.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 04:40

I gotta saaaay...... meh.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 05:04

To me it looks great!

However, since its polycarbonate, you have to worry about UV exposure and discolouration. The TWSBIs are supposed to be hard coated for wear resistance, but in part that coating also resists UV effects.
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Posted 17 February 2011 - 05:46

it's a blurry image...
wait... it's frosted.
no it's a blurry image...
it's frosted...
it's a blurry image...
it's frosted.

But anyways, that's really impressive!~
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#11 cocojj

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 09:23

Looks great! :thumbup:

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 15:28

I think I'm gonna do this. The pen is just too slick. I was wondering if anyone else had the same issue.
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Posted 17 February 2011 - 15:35

It is fairly sad though that a 40 dollar pen, with this simple modification, beats the fire out of my lamy 2k...and maybe even a VP.

A VP? I wouldn't go that far. Maybe on the filling system. But the VP has an immensely better construction and more importantly - nib!

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 15:41

lol... so much for the anti scratch coating put on....
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Posted 18 February 2011 - 02:55

now that's neat! i really like how it looks.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 02:59

I don't have a problem with slick pens, but I really like the look of this one. Another great thing about the TWSBI, with its price point, is that people feel comfortable doing customizations. I'm still trying to hang on for the V700, but it's getting harder and harder.
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#17 Jared C

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 03:56

Thats the beauty of the TWSBI. The pen is certainly cheap enough that I don't care to destroy the finish/scratch coating, so that the pen works much better for me. It is better for it to be more or less destroyed but have it used everyday than sitting in a drawer, uninked.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 05:22

Pretty cool! You made it yours :)

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 05:26

How does the slickness compare to the Lamy Safaris (the glossy ones)?

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 05:34

I don't think it's as slick as the safari. I really like it as is, and have never thought it slippery to begin with.

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