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Twsbi 540 First Impressions


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#1 Altairx

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 23:01

Got my 540 today B) ( I think I'm the first in all USA) I hope you guys like the pictures I took, I would of done a little better but I do have to get some work done and I wanted you guys to check it out.

First impressions is that it's very well built just like the 530, There are some notable changes, first thing you notice is that the pen holds more ink, second thing is that the cap screws very smooth its a world of difference when you compare it to the 530, third is that the cap is heavier. I weighed the cap to make sure and its was 2 grams heavier than the 530 counterpart.

Both pens filled with ink weigh 14 grams, I did not weigh them empty I forgot. :headsmack:
the 540 cap weights 16 grams and the 530 is 14 grams.

I think they must of used the new butter steel to make the nib on the 540, 'cuz it's Smoove....

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 23:54

So nice....can't wait to get mine. Probably Monday since I live in NY.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 00:06

The cap weight on 540 is heaver, it is because 540 clip is made by solid brass form pressed, 530 was made by stamping steel. Reason for changing was because 530 clip back end was a long stamping parts then bend over to cover the back side (looks better). but due to this design, in chrome plating it is difficult to guarantee after many many years later inside the clip won't start get rusting.. (because the plating was difficult to get in to make protection...), so we changed to solid formed brass clip.
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:40

The cap weight on 540 is heaver, it is because 540 clip is made by solid brass form pressed, 530 was made by stamping steel. Reason for changing was because 530 clip back end was a long stamping parts then bend over to cover the back side (looks better). but due to this design, in chrome plating it is difficult to guarantee after many many years later inside the clip won't start get rusting.. (because the plating was difficult to get in to make protection...), so we changed to solid formed brass clip.
higher cost, but I can sleep better.
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I was soaking my 530 due to a fungal infection a couple months ago, and I saw the rust come out! My only saving thought about it was the rust probably helped kill the infection a bit, but the insides of the clip are probably rusty right now... Point of curiosity, is it possible to order just a cap from you guys Speedy?
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#5 Woliaj

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 11:04

are the nib grades any thinner, particularly for ef and f nibs??
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 20:55

Thanks for review .Look real good

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 21:01

I got mine today. This is my first TWSBI. It is very nice.

When the mailman came, I had to drop everything to play with my new pen.

At first, I didn't see the wrench and silicon, but then I read the directions and found them in the special place in the box. Even the box is very nice and worthy to be saved.

I'm going to a meeting tonight so I hope I have to take lots of notes.

:bunny01: Happy bunny dance.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 21:18

I have filled my new 540 (fine nib) with Callifolio Inca Sol (an earthy rust color). I already love this new pen as much as I do my 530s and I have several of those. The weight of the 540 for me, is great. The nib is smooth and to my eye, very fine. I didn't see the need for pictures, as we all know what the 540 looks like. All in all ... just a great pen and I'm really looking forward to seeing it in colors, also anxiously watching for the ROC100 and the Micarta.

Once again, well done, Speedy!!!

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 21:19

Beautiful pen. I'll have to order one also :) . That holds a lot of ink.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 23:51

Altairx, those are very good photos. Thanks for posting. I like the way the Twsbi is packaged. It fits the no-nonsense style of the pen. Including the wrench and silicone is a nice touch for do-it-yerselfers. :)

I have filled my new 540 (fine nib) with Callifolio Inca Sol (an earthy rust color). I already love this new pen as much as I do my 530s and I have several of those. The weight of the 540 for me, is great. The nib is smooth and to my eye, very fine. I didn't see the need for pictures, as we all know what the 540 looks like. All in all ... just a great pen and I'm really looking forward to seeing it in colors, also anxiously watching for the ROC100 and the Micarta.

Once again, well done, Speedy!!!


I've never heard of Callifolio ink before. I'll have to look for some information and scans. The Inca Sol sounds like a color I'd like. Glad to know the pen is writing well.

Still waiting for mine while I scribble away with a very nice Sheaffer Imperial I got from Teri awhile back. Pens are .. somehow.. like potato chips.... :ninja:

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 00:00

Altairx, those are very good photos. Thanks for posting. I like the way the Twsbi is packaged. It fits the no-nonsense style of the pen. Including the wrench and silicone is a nice touch for do-it-yerselfers. :)

I have filled my new 540 (fine nib) with Callifolio Inca Sol (an earthy rust color). I already love this new pen as much as I do my 530s and I have several of those. The weight of the 540 for me, is great. The nib is smooth and to my eye, very fine. I didn't see the need for pictures, as we all know what the 540 looks like. All in all ... just a great pen and I'm really looking forward to seeing it in colors, also anxiously watching for the ROC100 and the Micarta.

Once again, well done, Speedy!!!


I've never heard of Callifolio ink before. I'll have to look for some information and scans. The Inca Sol sounds like a color I'd like. Glad to know the pen is writing well.

Still waiting for mine while I scribble away with a very nice Sheaffer Imperial I got from Teri awhile back. Pens are .. somehow.. like potato chips.... :ninja:


Here's the site. The Inca Sol is down at the bottom.

http://encres.styloplume.net/index.php

I can't speak nor read French, but they sure have some beautiful colors!

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 00:40

Altairx, those are very good photos. Thanks for posting. I like the way the Twsbi is packaged. It fits the no-nonsense style of the pen. Including the wrench and silicone is a nice touch for do-it-yerselfers. :)

I have filled my new 540 (fine nib) with Callifolio Inca Sol (an earthy rust color). I already love this new pen as much as I do my 530s and I have several of those. The weight of the 540 for me, is great. The nib is smooth and to my eye, very fine. I didn't see the need for pictures, as we all know what the 540 looks like. All in all ... just a great pen and I'm really looking forward to seeing it in colors, also anxiously watching for the ROC100 and the Micarta.

Once again, well done, Speedy!!!


I've never heard of Callifolio ink before. I'll have to look for some information and scans. The Inca Sol sounds like a color I'd like. Glad to know the pen is writing well.

Still waiting for mine while I scribble away with a very nice Sheaffer Imperial I got from Teri awhile back. Pens are .. somehow.. like potato chips.... :ninja:


Here's the site. The Inca Sol is down at the bottom.

http://encres.styloplume.net/index.php

I can't speak nor read French, but they sure have some beautiful colors!



Is there no place in North America to buy this ink? :drool:
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 00:42

I feel like I should chime in on the 540 impressions. I did not previously own the 530, so I'm basing it off what I have right now. It's a great looking pen, feels sturdy, and the nib in F writes smoothly.

It's smooth in every direction I write in, with a touch of feedback, letting you know that you're still writing (which I like). The weight feels just right without the cap. When I have it posted it's too long and too heavy for my taste.

As for the ink reserve, I am pleasantly surprised. I think it's the only pen I have that has this massive piston full of ink. I put noodler's blue-black ink in it and it flows just great. It's my first demonstrator pen so I'm now thinking I should get some other more vibrant color so that it looks cooler and I'll also have myself a new bottle of ink :D.

The piston filling system twists very smoothly. Overall, for the price and quality, it was worth it.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 00:42

Altairx, those are very good photos. Thanks for posting. I like the way the Twsbi is packaged. It fits the no-nonsense style of the pen. Including the wrench and silicone is a nice touch for do-it-yerselfers. :)

I have filled my new 540 (fine nib) with Callifolio Inca Sol (an earthy rust color). I already love this new pen as much as I do my 530s and I have several of those. The weight of the 540 for me, is great. The nib is smooth and to my eye, very fine. I didn't see the need for pictures, as we all know what the 540 looks like. All in all ... just a great pen and I'm really looking forward to seeing it in colors, also anxiously watching for the ROC100 and the Micarta.

Once again, well done, Speedy!!!


I've never heard of Callifolio ink before. I'll have to look for some information and scans. The Inca Sol sounds like a color I'd like. Glad to know the pen is writing well.

Still waiting for mine while I scribble away with a very nice Sheaffer Imperial I got from Teri awhile back. Pens are .. somehow.. like potato chips.... :ninja:


Here's the site. The Inca Sol is down at the bottom.

http://encres.styloplume.net/index.php

I can't speak nor read French, but they sure have some beautiful colors!



Is there no place in North America to buy this ink? :drool:


No, no where else.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:05

My 540 arrived today. Haven't inked it up yet though. The cap is much smoother than my 530. Can't wait to see the ink bottle and the vac fill. Nice pen at a reasonable price. Nice job Speedy...again.
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:20

...Is there no place in North America to buy this ink? :drool:

You can try to order them from the original manufacturer's online shop:

http://www.artisanpa...php?cPath=23_35

If you order them in the pouches instead of the glass bottles, a trans-Atlantic shipment might offer a better ink per shipping cost ratio.

Edited by saintsimon, 13 August 2011 - 01:20.


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Posted 13 August 2011 - 02:23

...Is there no place in North America to buy this ink? :drool:

You can try to order them from the original manufacturer's online shop:

http://www.artisanpa...php?cPath=23_35

If you order them in the pouches instead of the glass bottles, a trans-Atlantic shipment might offer a better ink per shipping cost ratio.


Mine came in pouches.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 02:35

...Is there no place in North America to buy this ink? :drool:

You can try to order them from the original manufacturer's online shop:

http://www.artisanpa...php?cPath=23_35

If you order them in the pouches instead of the glass bottles, a trans-Atlantic shipment might offer a better ink per shipping cost ratio.


Jesus, shipping cost on five of the inks in aluminum pouches costs almost twice as much as the inks themselves! :yikes:

Someone should talk to the Goulets about these inks to see if they'd be interested in carrying them, so we North Americans can have some cheaper shipping options. :P



And to stay on topic: still waiting for my 540. I think it'll take a while to get to me though, seeing as I'm practically on the other end of the continent (Toronto, Canada).
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 18:15

I've tried to order some items from France and shipping charges are very high.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 22:32

My medium nib one came Thursday and I am impressed. This is my first Twsbi and it has to be the best bang for the bucks out there. I am simply amazed at the detail that Speedy and friends have given this inexpensive fountain pen. Certainly will be on the "Highly Recommended" list and right up there for any pen less than $100, hell less than $200. I simply am enjoying this one immensely.
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