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Twsbi Eco Review

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#1 Aditkamath26

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:18

Introduction: The TWSBI Eco fountain pen was a birthday gift from my day. There is quite an interesting story with this pen. I ordered this from The Goulet Pen Company and chose USPS First Class International because it was the cheapest option. But…. the package never reached Abu Dhabi. I informed GPC about this and they took care of me by shipping another one through FedEx- for free. They have great customer service. The pen reached me within a week and when I inked it up for the first time, I was…. disappointed. It wrote way too wet with Waterman Purple. I thought it must be the ink so I changed it to Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue but still no use. So, I thought that is the characteristic of the ECO so I let it be that way and filled it back with the Waterman. One fine day, I sat down to do a project for school and the pen dripped purple ink on the paper and of course, the project was ruined. Fast forward to a few months, the section cracked and the feed stem broke. I never reviewed the pen due to my experience. With some hesitation, I ordered replacement parts (feed and barrel) from TWSBI and now, I am as happy as I could be.

Packaging: The TWSBI Eco comes in a frosted plastic box which I just seem to love. It doesn’t take up much place but does what it needs to. It holds a vial of silicone grease, a TWSBI wrench, the pen and two manuals. It does its job perfectly. I wouldn’t be grading packaging from now because it doesn’t impact the usability of the pen in any way.

 

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Construction and Looks (9/10): The TWSBI Eco is TWSBI’s most economical pen at around 30 dollars. They minimized costs by reducing the amount of metal in the pen but haven’t cut down on quality. It has a very minimalistic design with a nice geeky elegance. The only metal parts being the nib, clip and cap band are highly polished. The clip reads ‘TWSBI’ and ‘ECO TAIWAN’. The white of the plastic accents the clear smooth barrel well. The cap and piston knob are faceted. The nib is a small nib which is very brightly polished and has the TWSBI logo stamped on it. The only place of dislike for me is the cap insert of the TWSBI logo. It feels really cheap especially after trying the Diamond 580. But for 30, I can’t complain much.

 

 

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Filling and Cleaning (8/10): The TWSBI Eco though economical, comes with a piston filler. It has a nice ink capacity and is really smooth to use with just a bit of resistance that makes you realize you’re turning a knob. Filling is a breeze and so is cleaning. You can take apart the pen completely with the exception of the clear section. But at times, in the small groves just before the section, ink can get stuck and is quite difficult to remove. Other than that, I have no problems.

Maintenance (9/10): As I said before, the pen can be taken apart which makes maintenance very easy. TWSBI provides with a wrench made of plastic to take the pen apart and a small vial of silicone grease which can be used to grease and smoothen the piston system. The only problem is that it is a liquid kind of silicone grease which can get into the section if you aren’t careful. Also, it doesn’t resist water as well as the thick one.

Writing (10/10): The TWSBI Eco is a workhorse of a pen with a beautiful medium nib and a perfect ink flow (with the new feed). The nib is on the finer side of western medium which writes very smooth with a whisper of feedback. I use the pen with Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz that I received at the Pelikan Hub 2017 Abu Dhabi. This is my favorite nib in my collection with the ASA Nauka nib being a close second. I have no complaints here whatsoever.

 

 

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Conclusion (9/10): The TWSBI Eco fountain pen is a serious pen for any beginner and I would recommend it to anyone. Yes, it can have some problems but TWSBI will take care of you if it does. I would place this pen leagues above the Lamy Al-star/Safari/Vista and Pilot Metropolitan. The pen is really a great value for the money. For something of an interesting nib, the 1.1 stub is awesome. I tried it at the Pelikan hub 2017 Abu Dhabi. I will also use a new way of describing a pen here-

 

Closer to my hand- Writes great, workhorse and comfortable.

Closer to my heart- Something special with an emotional story behind it.

Closer to my wallet- Economical and nice quality.

 

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This pen is both closer to my hand and wallet. I give it a big yes. Thank you for reading my review of the TWSBI Eco and let me know your thoughts below.



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#2 Tasmith

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 15:37

Thank you for the review.

 

While I enjoy my Eco, the possibility of it cracking someday is always in the back of my mind.



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Posted 30 September 2017 - 14:09

I too have had more than a couple of cracking issues with TWSBI. My 540 cracked, My Vac cracked. Twice. My two Ecos however are fine after more than a year of fairly steady use. Maybe they have this behind them.

Very nice review. Thank you.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 00:58

Thanks for the nice review. Your ECO you say cracked at the section? My ECO works fine but I always wonder if it might crack some day. I would prefer an opaque more durable plastic TWSBI that wont crack. The whole clear plastic demonstrator concept is nice but maybe TWSBI should rethink doing all their pens as demonstrators.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 11:29

Thank you for the review.
 
While I enjoy my Eco, the possibility of it cracking someday is always in the back of my mind.

Thank you!! Cracking was the main problem that I worried about.

Edited by Aditkamath26, 01 October 2017 - 11:29.


#6 Aditkamath26

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 11:33

I too have had more than a couple of cracking issues with TWSBI. My 540 cracked, My Vac cracked. Twice. My two Ecos however are fine after more than a year of fairly steady use. Maybe they have this behind them.
Very nice review. Thank you.


I am hesitating to buy another TWSBI now. Their nibs are fantastic and the pens themselves are comfortable. Thanks for your compliments.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 11:45

Thanks for the nice review. Your ECO you say cracked at the section? My ECO works fine but I always wonder if it might crack some day. I would prefer an opaque more durable plastic TWSBI that wont crack. The whole clear plastic demonstrator concept is nice but maybe TWSBI should rethink doing all their pens as demonstrators.



Well I think they need to change their material. Many demonstrators are really sturdy (ASA Nauka, Lamy Vista, Platinum 3776 century, Pilot C92 etc.). Thanks for your kind words.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 00:40

Thank you for this review! I have a mini that cracked once and a 580 that hasn't had any issues. I thought I remember reading that TWSBI finally solved their plastic problem when they released the Eco. Your experience shows otherwise. I think many of us TWSBI fans are thinking twice before ordering again.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 17:20

Thank you for this review! I have a mini that cracked once and a 580 that hasn't had any issues. I thought I remember reading that TWSBI finally solved their plastic problem when they released the Eco. Your experience shows otherwise. I think many of us TWSBI fans are thinking twice before ordering again.


Thank you!! I am happy that everything ended off quite well. Yes I am thinking twice before ordering a clear Eco.

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 00:55

The cracking issue was solved, they say, with the release of the 580. I've seen 580s crack since, but only due to over-tightening (or dropping them — see below...)

 

It's worth noting that TWSBI will send you replacement parts very quickly, whether in or out of warranty. And when out of warranty, the parts prices are hard to believe. I dropped my 580 and cracked the cap. $3 via paypal and 3 days later, I had a new cap. 

 

That's something that's unique to TWSBI, in my experience. 



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 03:15

I have several 580ALs, a Vac 700, and an ECO. None of them has any cracking issue.


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 03:22

The cracking issue was solved, they say, with the release of the 580. I've seen 580s crack since, but only due to over-tightening (or dropping them see below...)
 
It's worth noting that TWSBI will send you replacement parts very quickly, whether in or out of warranty. And when out of warranty, the parts prices are hard to believe. I dropped my 580 and cracked the cap. $3 via paypal and 3 days later, I had a new cap. 
 
That's something that's unique to TWSBI, in my experience.


Yes that's unique. And usually they take $3 or $5 in my case only to ship it from Taiwan. So basically we are getting free parts.

  

I have several 580ALs, a Vac 700, and an ECO. None of them has any cracking issue.


Wow! You are lucky, I guess.

Edited by Aditkamath26, 05 October 2017 - 03:23.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 16:31

The 1.1mm Stub is a really great "starter" stub nib.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 23:39

Eco Stub is way too dry for my liking. And please do not spread the tines to make it wetter: it will only reveal the unpolished inner tines and writing would be a scrapey affair thereafter.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 03:57

The 1.1mm Stub is a really great "starter" stub nib.

 
Wow thats awesome!!

 

Eco Stub is way too dry for my liking. And please do not spread the tines to make it wetter: it will only reveal the unpolished inner tines and writing would be a scrapey affair thereafter.


Thats strange. A friend's stub Eco was smooth and wet. How about smoothening it on micromesh?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:17

Wow thats awesome!!
 

Thats strange. A friend's stub Eco was smooth and wet. How about smoothening it on micromesh?


I wouldn't touch a micromesh :) for me, micromesh is an endless affair, forever creating feet and planes and more scratches.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 03:19

Nice review! It is a shame about cracking problems because I really want one. I tend to Hulk things even while trying to be gentle. Something about the white with red ink calls to me. 

For some reason it reminds me of a storm trooper 


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 03:23

I wouldn't touch a micromesh :) for me, micromesh is an endless affair, forever creating feet and planes and more scratches.

 

Same here! I had a nib smoothed by Dan Smith recently and he was all, "You know it's pretty easy to do this yourself? Maybe time for you to learn?"  



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 08:10

Honestly, the only thing that puts me off the eco is the ugly finial. I wish they'd just put in their nice inlaid one. I'd pay an extra buck for it (it can't cost that much to do)


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 17:41

Great informative review, I'm impressed with your very consistent handwriting, probably because mine is all over the place. A piston filled demonstrator is very appealing, but all those stories of cracked pens have kept me away from TWSBI, I am very averse to risk and would rather not deal with after purchase service of any kind. They should at least do some old style videos with their pens surviving drops, being stepped on by elephants, run over by cars...


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