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So I Bought A Twsbi Go...


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#1 Algester

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 06:24

I wonder I feel that they changed the section's plastic or is it still the same HDPE stuff they used with the previous models? potentially the barrel will crack much like their previous models assuming I feel they used HDPE for it but not on the section hmm... anyone got ideas?

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#2 pararis

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 15:38

Mine is now in a landfill, where it belongs.



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Posted 16 July 2019 - 16:55

Well, I've had a 580-AL for a couple of years now -- no issues about the plastic so far (my understanding is that problem was fixed several years ago).  And just bought a second pen recently, the purple 580-ALR.  Of course there's still the issue of the piston not extending all the way to the back of the feed....  Which I think is a design flaw on the 580-ALs.  

The TWSBI Go pens don't particularly interest me.  I'd definitely consider buying an Eco or an Eco-T, though, if I could find a color I like.

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 13:56

Well, I've had a 580-AL for a couple of years now -- no issues about the plastic so far (my understanding is that problem was fixed several years ago).  And just bought a second pen recently, the purple 580-ALR.  Of course there's still the issue of the piston not extending all the way to the back of the feed....  Which I think is a design flaw on the 580-ALs.  

The TWSBI Go pens don't particularly interest me.  I'd definitely consider buying an Eco or an Eco-T, though, if I could find a color I like.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

 

The piston doesn't go all the way down to the feed on the Eco either; the plastic ridges inside the barrel apparently help with driving ink down the barrel when it's running low...



#5 Brianm-14-FRMS

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 19:58

My Go should be a Went. I simply cannot recreate my state of mind, the one I was in when I bought it.

As I think I said in slightly different (and inferior words) elsewhere in these pages, the Go is the answer to a question that should have never been asked. Where is a "love-it-or-double-your-money-back" offer when we need one? The best I can figure it, is that they named it the "Go" in the sense of, "Where's your bathroom, I've got to really GO" because it is such a piece of cr*p.

I am keeping it as a cruel but pointed reminder of my credulity.
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Posted 29 November 2019 - 19:01

I’ve used mine almost weekly for about a year. Obviously, I like it. I use it for sketching concept plans and find it dependable and not one to attract attention although I found it looks and feels better than what I imagined from the pictures. 



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Posted 01 December 2019 - 01:44

Nothing wrong with my GO. I even bought a second one with a broad nib to fill with Baystate Blue. I don't particularly like my 580 for reasons that are not design or manufacturing faults. My Vac 700R is just fine and it regularly ends up in my EDC case.

The GO is not a pretty pen but works well and behaves well. I'f you don't like your GO then gift it to me  :D.



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Posted 01 December 2019 - 03:08

@Algester, I'm not sure what the section is made of. It isn't the same hard plastic as the body or my Vac700R or my 780. It is a kind of translucent colour that makes me think of clear silicone rubber but it is much harder. There have been no signs of it wanting to crack. I have not been able to find anything that discusses what the material is.



#9 Algester

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 06:40

so the mystery continues... ABS or something Nylon base is something I was hopeful for


Edited by Algester, 04 December 2019 - 06:41.


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 03:10

Well, I've had a 580-AL for a couple of years now -- no issues about the plastic so far (my understanding is that problem was fixed several years ago).  And just bought a second pen recently, the purple 580-ALR.  Of course there's still the issue of the piston not extending all the way to the back of the feed....  Which I think is a design flaw on the 580-ALs.  
The TWSBI Go pens don't particularly interest me.  I'd definitely consider buying an Eco or an Eco-T, though, if I could find a color I like.
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#11 dan in montreal

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 04:22

Well it's a novelty pen, isn't it? 

It's a question of expectations, is it not? Anyone think it would write as well as a Platinum 3776?

I bought one while shopping for something else (ink, if I remember correctly) and there it was on the shop counter.  The section is a little ugly because of the soft plastic it's made of.  I've used it only a few times and it worked well (I got the stub, and it's OK). My 10 year old finds it very cool, so I'll probably let her have it the next time I ink it up.  My main concern is the cap - if the thing is to crack, that's where I expect it to fail. 

I still have my 530 and amazingly, it's still crack free.



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Posted 19 December 2019 - 18:09

The design of GO was intension for young student, in some countries elementary school require fountain pen for writing class. Also for people who like fountain pen drawing...
We later on also realize that it is not formal looking enough for most people's daily writing, (expensive lesson, hahaha!)
 

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 23:38

@dan, well actually both my GOs are better than one of my 3776s which was hellishly scratchy out of the box. It has quietened down a bit after some tweaking and use. Is it better than a Metropolitan or Safari? Yes, I think it is. But then I don't care so much about fashion so I'm happy with the functional aesthetic of the GO. Do they match my Vac700R? No they don't but that isn't where they are competing.



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Posted 20 December 2019 - 14:37

All of my TWSBI's have been perfect out of the box and that includes writing as well as build quality. 

 

 

Am I just lucky, or are there people out there that are hard on their pens?


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#15 Algester

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 09:18

All of my TWSBI's have been perfect out of the box and that includes writing as well as build quality. 

 

 

Am I just lucky, or are there people out there that are hard on their pens?

mine was a dry starter a bit easy to sort but not something I'm more experienced about

 

honestly overall if it doesnt break its not bad of a pen like the vac mini I would recommend it if its anyone's cup of tea if I think about it for the same price I can get a Noodler's Ahab but I dont dig the Ahab's design... so ehhh


Edited by Algester, 09 January 2020 - 09:20.


#16 Dip n Scratch

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 18:36

Are all the transparent TWSBI pens going to crack & break up? There are some I do not class as cheap & I don't expect fatigue cracks

I can forgive a Wing Sung 3008 or 698 cracking. Cheap pen = cheap materials.

Is it the section that is the primary issue? Is the barrel, that holds the ink the real issue or the piston assembly?


Edited by Dip n Scratch, 13 January 2020 - 19:02.


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 16:39

My GO is an EDC for me. I didnt expect it to be like any of my Pilots or Sailors but Im still impressed by it. No cracks or any other objections. Holds a massive amount of ink. I got it in October at the Colorado pen show. Used it very week since. For what it is, it works.

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 18:52

My TWSBI Go is definitely not my favorite pen, but I adore the filling mechanism and the large ink reservoir.  The spring piston is so much easier and neater to use then either twist or pinch types.  As far as I can tell other TWSBI pens use the twist pistons.  Does anyone know of any other pens that fill with a push of a spring, TWSBI or not?


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Posted 22 January 2020 - 15:36

Are all the transparent TWSBI pens going to crack & break up? There are some I do not class as cheap & I don't expect fatigue cracks

I can forgive a Wing Sung 3008 or 698 cracking. Cheap pen = cheap materials.

Is it the section that is the primary issue? Is the barrel, that holds the ink the real issue or the piston assembly?

even plastic models crack <_< and some of them arent even cheap <_<

 

but yes its most likely stress caused cracking issue but eh



#20 LuisAAbrilRomero

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 12:11

I use my GO with a 1.1 mm stub exclusively as an ink tester. The filling mechanism makes both filling and cleaning a breeze, and even if the cap should crack one day, this would not prevent the usage of the pen.








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