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#1 Soot

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 22:31

INTRODUCTION:
Fine Writing International (FWI) is a small Taiwanese firm that sells and distributes high-end stationery goods to the local Taiwanese market. In addition to the stationery goods, FWI also commission fountain pens with special or exotic materials in small numbers.

This Olive Wood Flat-top is one of them.


Appearance & Design
The marbling color of the Olive Wood was the reason that drew me to this pen, it reminded me of cheesecake: the marbling kind :drool: . The scent of the Olive Wood might not be as sweet as cheesecake, but nevertheless it still has an attractive woody scent.

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Okay, I digress. Anywho, it's a flat-top made with Olive Wood, need I say more? Okay, the texture of the barrel is smooth to the touch, a very natural feeling.

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Construction & Quality
Turned Olive Wood barrel, ivory acrylic section, plastic feed, and 18K nib made by Writing Instrument Network.


Weight & Dimensions
Length Capped: 143mm; Opened, nib tip to barrel end: 132mm
Barrel Diameter: 13mm; about the thickness of a Montblanc 149
As for weight, I didn't measure.

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Nib & Performance
I have tried all the nibs that was available for this pen, EF/F/M/B/Stub, and I found EF was most suited for me. It is a western EF line, so it's not as thin as the Japanese type. The nib has some give for a modern nib, and not boring without feedback. A plus for a modern pen.

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Filling System & Maintenance
Plain vanilla Cartridge & Converter. No exotic flavor here.

** Because the wood has not been treated with any finish, it's prone to stain if ink accidentally gets splattered on the barrel.


Conclusion
I enjoy this pen, it is aesthetically pleasing as well as its practical side. The cost of this pen is about the average ending price of a 149 on the auction site, not cheap, but considering it's handcrafted with many hours of labor and passion [insert expletives] involved, one can understand the reason for its pricing. They also have to make profit, you know.

To each its own, of course. This was one of mine. B)

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#2 alvinlum

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 22:48

Nice review, beautiful pen. Never heard of FWI until now, thanks for letting me know.
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#3 Audit This

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:46

Very nice!

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:52

Great review! Thanks for the sharing this.

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#5 lovemy51

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:29

lovely pen! OMGoodness, what a beautiful nib!!!!!!!

the only thing that puts me off is the white section (maybe in black...?).

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:17

Nice review. Striking pen. Enjoy!

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#7 paolino_paperino

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:32

Nice review and pen

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:55

the only thing that puts me off is the white section (maybe in black...?).


The color of the section can be selected to your liking; the default color was black
and I had it replaced with this lighter ivory color.

Some customers had even fitted their section with mottled/colored hard rubber, it was very interesting to see.

Edited by Soot, 30 March 2013 - 15:19.

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#9 OakIris

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 14:32

Very nice looking pen, Soot. I, too, think I would prefer a different colour for the section, but the olive wood body and the nib are beautiful. (And they have a stub nib available, too.... :puddle: ) Thank you for the review!

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#10 Inkheart

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 14:51

How beautiful!

Thank you for sharing such a thorough review. I am definitely intrigued. :D
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 15:02

Wow! Never heard of this pen before, but it looks beautiful.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 17:41

Wow, that's gorgeous.
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 20:31

FWI is quite famous in the Asian market.
Their nibs are relatively thin, suits the need of Chinese writing.

Btw, the pen looks really elegant with the cap unscrewed~~

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 22:38

lovely pen! OMGoodness, what a beautiful nib!!!!!!!

the only thing that puts me off is the white section (maybe in black...?).

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:51

the only thing that puts me off is the white section (maybe in black...?).


The color of the section can be selected to your liking; the default color was black
and I had it replaced with this lighter ivory color.

Some customers had even fitted their section with mottled/colored hard rubber, it was very interesting to see.

i like that. i was wondering how cool it would be if they had it in a mottled style.
congrats!

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 17:11

Beautiful pen ! Is there an option for treating the wood ? I'm afraid it is impossible for me not to soak half the house in ink whenever I fill my pens.

#17 Soot

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 20:47

Beautiful pen ! Is there an option for treating the wood ? I'm afraid it is impossible for me not to soak half the house in ink whenever I fill my pens.

That option is available if you prefer it.

Many of the buyers (that bought the wooden pens) opt-outed that option because it didn't have that natural "wood" feel with the finish. It felt like resin/plastic, like those that OMAS made.
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