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Twsbi 580 Rose Gold (Fine Nib)

twsbi 580 rose gold fine

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#1 shrey


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Posted 13 September 2014 - 15:11

Hi all!


​Here's my review of the TWSBI 580 Rose Gold. There is a bit copy and paste from my review of the TWSBI Classic, as in most ways the pens are similar.

Appearance + Design
5 / 5
Like all TWSBI fountain pens, this is a lovely, well made pen. The design is well thought out. To be able to fully take it apart and service it, is a bonus. I have a 540, which I love. Then TWSBI released the Rose Gold version of the Mini which I thought was nice, but I preferred the look of black and gold, rather the Mini's white ad gold, so I ended up buying the 580 Rose Gold version. I love the look of the pen. It looks at lot more expensive than it is.

5 / 5
For £60, great value. I haven’t had in long enough to ascertain durability, but it ‘feels’ it will last a long time. The piston moves smoothly and there’s a feeling of quality. It looks and feels more expensive than it is. It’s heavier than my Pelikan M200.

4 / 5
I bought the pen with a Fine nib. It has some flex, which was a nice surprise. This Jowo nib is finer than the than the Bock nib in my 540. The nib was a bit dry to start with. I had used Noodler's Apache Sunset, which looked great in the pen but not so much in the writing. In the ink needs a 'fatter' and wetter nib. I then tried Mont Blanc Limited Edition Daniel Dafoe. Worse. Very Dry. I made some adjustments to the nib, which helped. Next ink was Diamine Sepia. Wow. The pen came alive! It's was now a wettish, smooth nib. The short writing sample in the photos show the shading the ink can give, even with a fine nib. Compared to my 540, the 580 is not there yet, but then I've had the 540 for 2 years longer and had time to 'bed' in. It's early days for the 580.

5/ 5
£60 on a quality piston filler. What’s not to like! My M200 was almost double the price. The TWSBI feels more expensive/substantial.

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#2 Fatestorm



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Posted 14 September 2014 - 00:35

Thanks for the review.  I have been thinking about pulling the trigger on the 580 Rose Gold for a long time.  The class factor is up there.  The only reservation I have is that I too love fine nibs, and I'm worried to hear any report of 'dryness.'  I know they're well past the nib source change, but there were a lot of 'dry' and 'bad flow' comments that I know they were trying to move away from.

With kind regards,

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 10:45

Thank you for the review.

I have the 580 clear, but with a medium point.

I also score mine very high for consistency, it has not skipped at all.

I am using Parker Washable Blue.

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 00:23

Great stuff!
Nice ink choice too.
This pen needs either amber or chocolate ink :)

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 06:30

I bought a 580 with Rose gold nib and from day 1 the nib was dry and skipped excessively.TWSBI's answer was to put it on a hard surface and bend the nib myself.Not what you would expect from a new pen It now resides in a drawer somewhere ,forgotten due to its unusability.Oh.also the cap clip was slightly out of line.

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 10:33

only time will tell is something happens to the rose gold plating... which apparently happens to all rose gold plating...

#7 Floreat


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 17:17

I have this pen, and I love it. I have it inked with De Atramentis' "Field Flowers" (a lovely bright mid-blue). Writes like a dream, never skips or hard starts. I'm planning on getting the mini white/Rosegold version too, with a broader nib (current pen appears to have the finest EF nib I have). The only slight disappointment is that the section (I think that's the correct term) spins around as it is loose, though this may have been done on purpose to relieve the problems of cracking that were being reported regarding these pens earlier on.
UK-based pen fan. I love beautiful ink bottles, sealing wax, scented inks, and sending mail art. Also, thanks to a wonderful custom-ground nib by forum member Bardiir, I'm currently attempting calligraphy after years of not being able to do so due to having an odd pen-grip :D

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 01:17

Well done!

“My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”  -   Winston Churchill

#9 PaperQueen


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 19:13

I bought a 580 with Rose gold nib and from day 1 the nib was dry and skipped excessively.


I was really hoping not to find this posted in the forums, hoping instead this might be an odd ink+pen combination problem. Alas, my Rose Gold skips and runs dry...even with Noodler's Tiananmen, which is nearly perfect in most (of my) pens.


Tuning it presents a challenge, since the gold plating will obviously come off. Drats.

Why are there fourteen samples of dark plum ink on my desk? Because I still haven't found the right shade.

Is that a problem...???  : : : sigh : : : 


Update: Great. Finally found one I love (Lamy Dark Lilac) but I can't get more. Ah, life in my inky world....

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