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Posted 12 July 2016 - 20:06
Posted 12 July 2016 - 20:48
Current rotation: home: Lamy Al-star 1.1, Sailor Jentle Yama-Dori
Case: TWSBI vac 700 1.1 stub, GvFC Moss Green / Faber Castell E-motion parquet, Akkerman bekakt Haags
Posted 30 July 2016 - 16:11
Bought my 540 amber demonstrator in Jan'14. A year later it developed several cracks - one near the nib assembly which did not look nice but the pen was still working. However, it also developed a crack near the piston knob which made the piston assembly pop-up when twisting the piston down. For the past year I could still manage to use the pen by pushing the knob down while twisting, however a couple of days ago it completely broke. Also, the connecting rod popped out of the piston... The pen didn't even see that much use as I constantly rotate about 15 pens, so this one has seen about 20-30 fills tops.
Posted 02 August 2016 - 00:21
The popping out of the piston happens when the piston isn't lubricated often enough. The cracks at the top near the metal band are a problem with the 540s. The newer models do not have the metal bands. I do love my amber TWSBIs, but I don't miss the cracks.
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Posted 02 November 2017 - 20:46
Posted 07 November 2017 - 00:33
I voted 'no' for my TWSBI Eco, but really need five votes because I have one of each colour and all are good.
It's all about the greys...
Posted 07 November 2017 - 01:34
I don't know exactly how to vote about my classics because although I can't see any 'cracks', two of the three developed horrendous leaks (As in pouring out an entire fill) within a couple of short writing sessions, which could not be cured by tightening the section. The first time I got in contact and was sent a part very quickly. When I reported the second, I was asked to send photos, which I did, but haven't heard back in several weeks now.
Posted 08 November 2017 - 17:05
22.2% cracking in the Vac 700s. That's insane- most fabrication shops I know would allow a hundreth of that, no more than about 2 in a thousand.
Posted 09 November 2017 - 02:37
My 580 I had the cap crack and had it replaced, but haven't had cracking issues with my Eco.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 17:50
I voted "no" for my TWSBI Eco that is about six months old.
I'm interested in a 580 or a Vac 700 at some point, would really like to see a comparison between the 700 and the 700R in terms of cracking.
Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:49
I think TWSBI would do well to abandon their clear demonstrator theme and produce the same pens in opaque plastic. These failure stats are shameful to say the least.
I had some hope that with the ECO they resolved the cracking issues that plagued their other pens. but at 8% failure rate (12 out of 150 cracked), it is unacceptable. It should be down around 0%. You hardly ever hear of Pelikan M200s cracking.
Maybe offer clear plastic pens as a small option for the die-hard who enjoy them but focus on reliable opaque plastic pens. Clear plastic production process requires more care, and frankly TWSBIs' track record with producing trouble free clear plastic pens is not there, and I don't think TWSBI will be around too much longer with it's current failure rate. Maybe 30% to 8% failure rate is OK for $2 Preppies and Varsities, but not for $30 to $80 pens.
Edited by max dog, 15 November 2017 - 05:51.
Posted 16 November 2017 - 06:42
Posted 16 November 2017 - 23:45
While the numbers are indeed quite high, this poll is not a controlled study. For instance, those who have experienced cracking might be more motivated to respond to this survey, producing skewed results.
Of course this is true, and I'm sure the problem isn't as great as a poll like this might make it seem, but still - For me I had the best luck with my TWSBIs for a long time, but now I have a problem with about 20% of them - and problems that basically render them useless - and that seems rather high.
Posted 23 November 2017 - 21:54
Only have one Diamond 530 never been used and sat in it's box for several years. Looked at it a couple of days ago and when I tried the piston it broke (part 11 whatever its called).
Unfortunately TWBSI no longer have spare parts, didn't really look to see if any other cracks but looks like the whole pen, basically new and unused will be consigned to the bin.
Pity as it is a nice looking pen.
Posted 23 November 2017 - 22:47
Eco - No
Had for about 6 Months, as been through numerous cleanings, nib swaps, has been in my daily rotation, and still holds up well. I hope it holds up. I like it.
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