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Twsbi 540 Amber


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#1 PinarelloOnly

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:04

I love Amber/Orange demos and when this pen was announced I could not wait for it to join my other two 540's.

The extra fine nibs are excellent right out of the box and write like an EF should.

I certainly own more expensive pens but the TWSBI 540 a game changer for a quality pen vs. price.

This is more of a pictorial review....see my other 540 Diamond review for more comments.



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:21

Love my 540 and ROC but the EF is a wee too fine for my tastes. Great photos, especially the last two. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:55

Love my 540 and ROC but the EF is a wee too fine for my tastes. Great photos, especially the last two. Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:02

Great photos! Thanks for sharing. :notworthy1:

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:37

Great photos! I agree, it does set a new standard in price/quality ratio. Attractive, durable, holds a lot of ink, comfortable, a good broad nib, Apple-like package, and cheap. Good stuff.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:30

My amber is with an M nib. Good to hear you find the EF nib to be smooth. I was burned once with TWSBI's EF nib; so, I opted for M as I already have an F with the clear model.

Edited by Pen2009, 20 March 2012 - 08:30.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 20:28

Hi guys,
I would like to ask you: Is there a big difference between Schmidt's and Bock's nibs in smoothness? I have TWSBI 540 EF with a Schmidt's one, do you think it is worth buying another nib by Bock?
Thanks

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 20:39

Just got an amber 540 with a B nib. Filled it with Pelikan Brilliant Brown, a color I used to hate. Love it now!

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 23:51

Hi guys,
I would like to ask you: Is there a big difference between Schmidt's and Bock's nibs in smoothness? I have TWSBI 540 EF with a Schmidt's one, do you think it is worth buying another nib by Bock?
Thanks


I have a Fine Schmidt and an Extra-Fine Bock. Changing to a Bock will be worth every penny in my opinion - the difference in smoothness is incredible. The Schmidt nib is good, yes, but the Bock is wonderful. I prefer it to many of the nibs on much more expensive pens.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 00:00

1) Are these pens available?
2) Is the "Bock" nib available?
3) Is an italic nib available?
4) Where?

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:01

Amazing photos! :puddle: I want that orange so bad!

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:47

Amazing photos! :puddle: I want that orange so bad!



Thank You!




1) Are these pens available?
2) Is the "Bock" nib available?
3) Is an italic nib available?
4) Where?

Tom/



Tom all I can tell you is that I bought all of my TWSBI's from Goldspot.com located in NJ.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:16

I never thought I'd like the Amber, but seeing your pictures I now really, really want one! The shots on sales websites seem to make it look very yellow, but from your review it seems like a 'proper' amber. And thank you for the great pictures!

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:41

Nice review! Those photos are really well done. Thanks!
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:21

I certainly own more expensive pens but the TWSBI 540 a game changer for a quality pen vs. price.



I agree. I snagged my first TWSBI, a clear 540 M early March, and added another (clear 1.1mm) just a few days ago. I also got a B nib unit to swap into the Medium.

I was told that the nibs I have are the current Bock ones. None of them needed to be aligned or smoothed, and they write just as well as any pen I have or owned.

Before, if I needed a knockabout pen, I had to compromise on ink capacity, size, nib feel or all of the above. These days, I keep my more expensive pens at home and rely on the TWSBIs for daily use. As a bonus, most of the non-pen folks at the office find them "pretty."

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 13:12

Beautiful photos!

And lovely choice of ink also. :happyberet:
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:00

I would love to know what camera and lens you used for those really nice close-up photos!

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 16:15

I would love to know what camera and lens you used for those really nice close-up photos!

Tom/



Thanks. Most of the photos from the top down were with my Nikon D90. The last few were with my D7000 with both bodies using a Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D macro lens.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 17:29

I would love to know what camera and lens you used for those really nice close-up photos!

Tom/



Thanks. Most of the photos from the top down were with my Nikon D90. The last few were with my D7000 with both bodies using a Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D macro lens.


Ah! That's why they are so sensational! Thank you.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 18:11

Beautiful pictures! Alas, my Nakaya shield is totally ineffective against TWSBI. I always have one inked. It is the lone non-Platinum/Nakaya with non-gold nib, that never leaves rotation. I was hanging content with my 530, now I need a 540! The idea that the Bock nib could be even nicer than the Schmidt boggles the mind. I also like the news that it is a little larger. The 530's nib always looked a little small for the pen body, but allowed for maximum control by keeping the fingers closer to the paper.






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