Disclaimer: English is not my first language and this is my first review.
The history on how I got the pen:
A bit more than a year ago I started really getting invested in this hobby and the wonderful world of fountain pens, even though I have used them for my whole life preferring the feel of a nib rather than a rollerball.
I wanted to buy my first own fountain pen (still using the OHTO Tasche that my father gave my for my 12th birthday, it was very beat up, but still working fine) that would be my new workhorse for school.
A fountain pen that could take a beating (still in school), did not work on cartridges, was easy to clean, is pretty, reliable, has a nice fun factor and is somewhat unique (not the cigar shaped black and gold ones you see everywhere).
The last one meant for me that the nib would not be a nail, but have some give that I could play with.
After weeks on end looking up on fountain pens and falling deeper and deeper in this rabbit hole I settled on the one fountain pen that I just couldn't take my eyes off: the TWSBI precision fountain pen with a 40ml bottle of Diamine velvet blue, bought at Cultpens.
The nib: 9/10
The nib is a steel JoWo #5 nib. I got it with an EF nib since my writing is pretty small and I often times have to utilize crappy paper.
The nib is stamped with the TWSBI logo.
It is a decently wet writer and quite smooth, which is nice since it is an EF.
It has a tiny bit of feedback, which I like.
All in all, a very nice nib, which is expected of a JoWo
Build quality: 8.5/10
This pen is almost entirely made out of aluminum.
The barrel and cap are made out of a solid milled out rod of aluminum and have a brushed finish. The section has the same finish which is nice since it makes it not slippery even with sweaty fingers after a long writing session.
The piston operates very smoothly and has not shown any signs of issues within a year of use.
The clip is strong but not too stiff, it works just fine and will hold the pen in place.
The facets line up when capping the pen, although I have found some examples of where this hasn't been the case. (hence the point reduction)
The pen has an inkwindow which is an acrylic clear section of about 4mm in length. This inkwindow is very usable since you can see the ink clearly sloshing around but there are some (barely visible) seems.
Writing experience: 9/10
The pen is not a light one but I like that. You do not need to post the pen but it can be done. However, the balance shifts to the rear of the pen when you do that since the cap isn't light either and sits quite high on the back of the pen.
When not capped the balance is just right and the metal is nice and cool to the touch for the first few minutes.
The section is on the thin side which could be an issue for people with big hands combined with thick fingers. It is not an issue for me, in fact, I find the section to be very comfortable.
The pen is a piston filler so it has great ink capacity, being able to write pages and pages on end.
This nib offers a bit of line variation and I find that really nice to have. It gives a little extra to your writing.
All in all, a nice experience even with boring tasks.
I really like this pen and do not know why so little people care about it. It writes really well and gives me joy every time I use it.
If you have any experience with JoWo nibs the nib will not surprise you but the pen might.
The modern and industrial design makes it an eye catcher and having the ability to completely disassemble the pen (and I mean completely) is a feature I wish more pens would have.
If you have $80 dollars to spare on a very nice pen that competes with pens of a much higher price, consider this pen.
Thank you for reading and if you have any tips or suggestions, I would be glad to hear them for future reviews.
Edited by Autiflip, 28 January 2020 - 20:43.