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Well, this is the last part of my ultimate TWSBI review. Half of this part is going to be an in-depth re-cap of previous parts. The rest of it will finally conclude this mega-review. Once part 6 is done, it'll be time to move on and start reviewing other stuff!
As I will continue to do - Here's a quick re-cap with links to the 5 previous parts of the review:Recap of Part 1:
- How did the TWSBI come about?
- What is the TWSBI is all about?
- What exactly is the TWSBI Diamond 530?
- Appearance and design
- The nib
- How does it write?
- Writing samples
- Filling mechanism
- Overview/re-cap of previous parts
- A conclusion/thoughts on the TWSBI Diamond 530
- What's next? - TWSBI continues on...
Part 1 - This part was all about how the TWSBI came about. About how speedy decided to make a pen according to the likes of the community of FP users. I also covered the original 530, and it's design flaws, which were quickly corrected by the company. We talked about what the TWSBI 530 is:
- A Pelikan M800-sized fountain pen
- A piston-filler
- A demonstrator (a pen of which the internal components can be seen)
- An inexpensive pen
- A well-built pen
- A pen made specifically for the FP enthusiast
Part 2 - We began diving into the packaging and presentation of this amazing pen. The TWSBI far exceeds the standards of packaging/presentation for its price-range. The TWSBI packaging is on par, if not better than most $150.00 fountain pens.
Part 3 - Was spent discussing the appearance of the pen. The TWSBI 530, to my eyes is a gorgeously designed pen. It won a red dot design award award for its innovative, beautiful, and extremely functional appearance. Everything, from the nib to the piston-filling mechanism, looks like it belongs on a pen twice the price.
Part 4 - We talked about the most important part of any pen - the nib. In my experience, the 530 nibs were fabulous! Some others had a few minor problems with them, but I had none with mine. They were smooth, reliable, and easily interchangeable (a feature I always love).
Part 5 - We began wrapping things up here by talking about the filling system, and the mechanics/functionality of the pen. The pen is a piston filler, which in my eyes is the best filling system. It combines the massive ink capacity of an eyedropper, with the reliability of a c/c filler. The functionality of the pen is excellent as well. This pen is made to be used - not looked at, though it still is beautiful. Everything about this pen makes it a true workhorse.
Now we're at part 6. I'm going to finish up this review with a few (hundred) final words on the TWSBI Diamond 530.
Overall, through the course of this review my thoughts have still not changed on the TWSBI. I will always love this pen! It has set a new standard for what is possible in pen manufacturing. Never before has such quality, functionality, customer service, and beauty been packed into a $40.00 price range. This pen was made to be affordable, so that anyone could buy one - and I sincerely hope everyone gets to try out a TWSBI Diamond eventually. It's not worth missing!
This pen has become an icon for the FP community. Never before have I seen such excitement about a pen, and for such good reason either! This pen has attracted dozens of people, and has not let 99% of them down. I can't say enough about how great it is. For all it's miniature flaws, I am truly impressed with it in every aspect.
I think that the company has started with a bang, and they show signs of continuing on with their amazing products. This brings to me the final part of the ultimate TWSBI review. I'm going to talk about "what's next?".
I am happy to report that TWSBI is planning on continuing to produce high-quality pens, for as long as they can. They are currently working on quite a few projects including inkwells, new pen models, and new versions of current pen models! The latest thing from the TWSBI workshop is the all-new Diamond 540. This is the new version of the 530, the pen that I have reviewed. This pen is almost the exact same, with just a few changes. I'm going to list all the changes right here in a semi-definitive list:
1) The clip is now made out of brass instead of stamped steel.
2) The cap threads are smoother than on the 530.
3) The pen holds approx. 30% more ink!
4) The piston seals have been enlarged to further prevent leakage.
5) The nibs will be changed over to being manufactured by Bock Germany. These new nibs will not be installed though until all the old nibs are used up.
That's all the changes as far as I know. Here is a picture of the two pens compared:
The pen on the left (filled with Diamine Sunshine) is the 540. The pen on the right (filled with Diamine Golden Brown) is the original 530.
As you can see, the 540's piston capacity is noticeable larger than that of the 530. This is really the only visual difference between the two.
This pretty much concludes my ultimate TWSBI review! Wow, that sure was long. I do believe this will go down in history as the fountain pen world's most comprehensive, extensive, and lengthy review! I hope you have enjoyed the whole thing, as I have enjoyed putting it together.
I think that TWSBI is a fabulous company, and deserves a huge amount of credit for making such an amazing pen. They have listened to the voice of the FP community and they have built a pen that we can all enjoy! I am greatly looking forward to all the future pens that TWSBI will come out with. I have no doubt that they will exhibit the same amount of quality as the 530.
If you have not yet been convinced of how great the TWSBI 530 is, then there's not much hope for you now.
Since the 540 has succeeded the 530, the original pen is no longer available. However, the 540 is literally the exact same pen as the 530, with only a few better changes! I recommend you go and buy one right now if you haven't yet. It's an amazing pen, and priced at a level that nearly anyone can afford. For now they are only sold on TWSBI's retail store, Amazon, and a few other select retailers. But word has reached my ears that they are soon to be widely available from your favorite retailers! Keep watch, and be sure you pick one up - you can't go wrong with this incredible pen!
777 - Tyler Dahl
Edited by 777, 18 August 2011 - 14:56.