Here recently I have been looking at my TWSBI Vac 700s and thinking of giving them another chance. My reasoning: I can buy two (or more!) Vac 700s for less than I've spent on some fancy pens, and I can keep a spare handy. Replacement parts are given out freely. Maybe the parts breakage is something I can live with, in return for the many other positive qualities that these pens have. And then I saw that there's a new 700R out that is supposed to address the ink flow problems I had also observed. Maybe I should give it a try?
A couple of days ago I inked up both the 700s that I already have, one clear and one smoke. I was reminded again of just how cool these pens are in design, and how well they function and write. Today I was writing a letter, and I reached to grab one of them (just wanting to write out a quote in a contrasting ink color) and. . . When I uncapped it, the CAP CAME APART IN TWO PARTS. AGAIN! Just like last time.
All I can say now is no, just no. This is never going to be acceptable. I don't care how cheap the pens are, or how fast TWSBI send out free replacement parts. I can't use a pen that could come apart in my hands at any moment. I can't carry this around with me; I can't use it to sign documents. I can't trust it.
Especially when there are so many other excellent pens from other brands that don't break like this, I don't have to put up witih TWSBI. I'm done. They're going in the bin. I guess I'll salvage the nibs for my parts box, though, because those are nice.