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My Twsbi 580 Al Broke ... Again


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#21 Inkysloth

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 12:21

Shame, another one bites the dust.  sad.png

Was the Mini an EDC/extensively used?

 

Nope, I used it a few times and then it sat in a pen pot where it was mostly ignored for the last couple of years. (Because I'd made a hash of the nib trying to sharpen it - it was a 1.1mm italic, and I wanted a crisper edge. I sharpen my italic dip nibs with an Arkansas stone, but when I did the same to this nib it came out too sharp and unpleasant to use.)

It's a shame because I like the size and feel of the pen, but I don't want to buy a replacement because I can't trust it'll stay in one piece for long enough to warrant the cost. 


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#22 1nkulus

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 12:50

It's a shame because I like the size and feel of the pen, but I don't want to buy a replacement because I can't trust it'll stay in one piece for long enough to warrant the cost. 

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My use has been similar and now both are just waiting to get offloaded.

Better to get something rather than nothing, once a crack develops.  sad.png


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Posted 04 April 2019 - 16:54

My 540 cap was broken by someone ripping the cap off today as they were replacing a phone in my office.  They just grabbed the pen off my desk to fill out an invoice and just stood there staring at the nib wondering what was in their hand.  He felt guilty about it and willingly gave me full replacement value in cash on the spot. While I enjoyed using it over the years, I will not be replacing it with a 580. 



#24 1nkulus

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 15:12

While I enjoyed using it over the years, I will not be replacing it with a 580. 

 

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You were lucky to have used the pen free of charge, indirectly. On to the next pen with the jackpot...  wink.png


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Posted 21 April 2019 - 07:09

I'm sorry to hear about all of these breaking pens. I had too many problems with my and my mothers 580s, and I have sworn off buying more. Pens do break, but I was one who bought early TWSBIs, had those crack, and then got new ones expecting them to be have these issues resolved. I stick to other brands now, some I do baby, but a lot just get daily use at Uni, nothing else had broken without cause like my TWSBIs have.


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Posted 06 May 2019 - 22:41

I am having a mini-vac barrel replaced.  I was really surprise to see the crack.  After reading this post, I am staying away from TWSBI.  Granted their customer service was quick to my email and it will only cost be $4 to replace.  However, I have a $50+ pen holder that got drenched in ink. 



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Posted 07 May 2019 - 15:25

I am having a mini-vac barrel replaced.  I was really surprise to see the crack.  After reading this post, I am staying away from TWSBI.  Granted their customer service was quick to my email and it will only cost be $4 to replace.  However, I have a $50+ pen holder that got drenched in ink. 

 

Once repaired, you can offload it for something better. Shame about the soaked pen holder.  angry.png


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Posted 07 May 2019 - 20:50

 

Once repaired, you can offload it for something better. Shame about the soaked pen holder.  angry.png

 

I have a lot of great pens.  I got it out of curiosity.  I am going to sell it!



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Posted 08 May 2019 - 00:39

I got it out of curiosity.  I am going to sell it!

 

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 06:05

Stood on the brink of buying one, but this post has helped me to not buy another TWSBI. I have had two (mini and 540). The mini never worked (drying out) and cracked. I loved my 540 but had to replace too many parts because of cracking. I had hopes that the 580 AL version had solved these issues but it seems not... Just saved myself some money and frustrations I guess. Thanks everybody.


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Posted 26 June 2019 - 10:53

Plenty of other options to try. Happy hunting.  smile.png 


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 21:32

Wish I’d read this first I’ve just bought an eco and 580 AL. I am going to store them in jam jars.

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Posted 22 September 2019 - 18:22

I bought before I read any of these posts. Then I defended because none of my 580's (2) or my Eco had any problems.

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One cap had the threads disintegrate. The other broke at the silver trim. That cap is non replaceable due to it being a clear red cap. Now the nib unit had disintegrated into three pieces.

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Luckily, no problems yet.

Will not buy another TWSBI. I don't care if the parts are shipping only. Im not even ordering the parts. I'll find other uses for the parts or just trash them.
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Posted 23 September 2019 - 16:09

After reading this entire thread, I'm concluding that TWSBI isn't for everyone; that's unfortunate.

 

I have four Ecos and two 580s. I've had them for years and use them all the time. They've been nothing but perfect. One Eco is dedicated to Baystate Blue; it's been five years now (flushed out and refilled once per year) -- no problems.

 

Somehow, I can't chalk this up to luck.



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Posted 28 September 2019 - 10:04

This is a bit concerning, TWSBI is my favorite brand so far.

I've got a 580AL, Vac Mini and blue Vac 700, I've carried them to work regularly and do most of my paperwork with them without a problem except for the Mini leaking out a little bit into the blind cap.

 

Today I also got a 580AL for my mother since she liked mine and it reminded her of a fountain pen she used when she was a little girl; and so far all but one 580AL of these TWSBI are used.

 

Well, here's to hoping that I don't have any major issues, at least with the limited editions!








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