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  1. Hi All, I recently travelled with my new vac-700, so I closed the shut-off to stop any leaks. When I came to write with it again (and had used up the ink in the feed), I opened up the shut-off, but it look a very long time before I could start writing again! How long should it take, do you think, for the ink to get to the nib after re-opening? Edit: By the way, in case it matters, the ink in Montblanc toffee brown and the nib is a broad.
  2. stephanos

    Vac700, O-Ring Problem

    I bought my Vac700 in late March 2015 (i.e. just over a year ago) and it has seen moderate use. The large ink capacity makes it ideally-suited for use at conferences or on longer trips, and I enjoy writing with it. The pen has probably been fully inked-up and subsequently cleaned out about half-a-dozen times, perhaps as many as ten times since I got it. There is now a specific problem with the pen, and I have a few questions for you: 1) Have you experienced a similar problem? 2) Is my diagnosis correct (could there be something else causing it, and if so, what?) 3) Any suggestions on how best to proceed? Here's my problem: When I last tried to fill the pen, it would not fill - it somehow failed to make the necessary vacuum, and couldn't get more than a dribble of ink into the barrel. I disassembled the pen for the first time, made sure everything was properly clean and lubricated and properly reassembled. Of course, the problem persisted. So I took it apart again and looked at everything under a loupe. I discovered that there are actually two O-Rings on the end of the barrel (the part that screws in). The larger O-Ring is the more obvious, and the smaller O-Ring is easier to overlook. The problem seems to be with the smaller O-Ring. It actually seems a little flimsy, and it has become a little 'floppy' or stretched over time. That is, it no longer makes the necessary tight fit with the thread. See picture. (Image: end-of-barrel unit, with O-Rings highlighted) I was surprised to see this part failing so quickly, particularly if it is crucial for the pen's operation. I don't know why a problem with that O-Ring should cause the vacuum to fail - the larger O-Ring is fine, and should be sufficient by itself. But in the absence of any other obvious cause, I'm assuming that the perished smaller O-Ring is indeed the problem. I am therefore looking to replace it. It's only a small part, and I can probably find it cheaply at my local DIY/hardware store, but that's a hassle (the store is not all that local). Also, I'm wondering whether this is a potential issue for others, and whether I should approach the company I bought my pen from. Any thoughts in response to my questions? Have I missed something? Thanks!
  3. The review is a part of the larger TWSBI VAC700 review. You can go to the original post here. I thought that this review could be useful for people, who like me are searching for an inkwell, that's okay for travel, holds a fair amount of ink and does not exactly make a hole the wallet. The full review is also live on my personal blog. Click below if you enjoy pics in a tablet/mobile optimized view: TWSBI VAC 700 with a VAC 20 Review I was looking for an inkwell at a decent capacity & price (that's why skipped the Visconti Travel Inkwell), which could fit comfortably inside the visiting cards slot of my laptop backpack. So here goes the review. The VAC 20 inkwell comes within a small cardboard box. Unlike the well packaged Diamond 50 bottle, the packaging is pretty plain. It’s made of plastic and weighs around 20 grams without ink. Ink Capacity is 20 mL, of course (Thus VAC 20, but wait, what about VAC 700! ). The below bottle is around two-thirds filled. The bottle used to come in five simple variants - black, orange, red, green & blue top-caps and occupies a fraction of space taken by the Diamond 50 inkwell. The new one however is called VAC 20A and it has an additional insert for the VAC Mini. You have to remove the top cap for filling the VAC 700. The base cap has the threads of the VAC 700 pen inside, so as to fit the pen precisely. And with an inverted configuration you can pull/push the plunger to suck the ink to full capacity of the pen. And there is no need of cleaning the VAC700 after filling ink, as only the feed area is exposed. Cool ! The outer cap has a good sealing tube and I never found any ink leakage from the bottle itself, even after keeping it inverted in my backpack for 2 days of travel. Personally, I find it comfortable as a travelling inkwell since the dimensions are minimal and the base bottle offers the height of ink to completely immerse nibs of most pens with standard nib sizes. The only quibble I have is: when you fill ink in any other pen, the base cap (black) has to be unscrewed and it exposes the broader opening of the bottle. The secure bottle acting as a pen stand is now gone. The inner taper of the base cap block sections of most of the similar sized pens (except VAC 700 & a few slimmer ones). Besides it’s priced pretty decent (in US), and you do travel with 20 mL of your favourite ink. So, I give an Overall Rating of 5/6 to the VAC20. The VAC20A has an additional insert, so it would stand a bit taller compared to the VAC20.
  4. TSherbs

    How Do You Carry Your Eco?

    Folks, I have been tempted by the ink capacity and price of the Eco, and I like TWSBI nibs a lot, but I carry my pens in my shirt pocket. The Eco does not look good for this at all to me, but let me hear: If the Eco is in your EDC, how do you transport it and carry it around with you? I am a teacher who teaches in several classrooms, so I do not have a desk where I can just leave things out (always risky at a school, anyway). What do you do? thanks
  5. dauodwa

    Twsbi Vac 700 Reviewi

    Dear all, Here's my review of the Twsbi Vac 700 with M nib. I have seen another very comprehensive review on here since going to the trouble to write mine, but I feel that the more perspectives are available the better it is for all. Without further ado, here is my review of this pen. http://i.imgur.com/XD5TyEf.jpg http://i.imgur.com/DYdgC9k.jpg http://i.imgur.com/D2e7yvE.jpg http://i.imgur.com/Z0Scpqs.jpg http://i.imgur.com/s6ck6dA.jpg http://i.imgur.com/GQthaXW.jpg http://i.imgur.com/o9dD20G.jpg http://i.imgur.com/CvYIZkX.jpg http://i.imgur.com/DJWCn0b.jpg http://i.imgur.com/jjv83EY.jpg http://i.imgur.com/m1Q1iDW.jpg http://i.imgur.com/BeLhFA6.jpg Some additional notes, I think I had the pen in the wrong way wrong in the case, but you get the idea. Nicely presented. Also you can write with this pen posted even with the shut off open as it posts to the barrel, not to the knob. Personally I feel it's a bit too top heavy to write with posted for prolonged periods of time, but you certainly can do it. Another little thing was that the nib tines were not aligned properly, but I checked this myself before inking the pen up and it was not big deal. I'm looking forward to getting some different nibs for this pen, and also the Vac 20 or Vac 20A ink well. That would really come in handy come exam time. Also the fact that they supply you with the wrench, spare o-rings and silicone grease is a really nice touch. Cheers! [/img]
  6. mehandiratta

    Vac 700 Material

    Hi has anyone idea ... Whether the material on VAC 700 especially the Amber, Smoke and Sapphire is the same as used in 540 ... and is that also more prone to cracks as was 540....
  7. There are oodles of threads about this, but most are years old, so...here's my experience from the past two weeks: Filled TWSBI 580 Domestic TSA (MSP): No problems; pretty obvious the pen held less than 3 oz. of liquid. Domestic flight (JFK > MSP): No problems, even though the pen laid on its side the entire flight, in the small overhead compartment. No leaks, no worries. International security (Dublin and Glasgow): No problems; same as domestic U.S. TSA. Side note: You go through x-ray security twice in Dublin, due to U.S. Preclearance. No questions either time. International flight (Dublin > JFK,): No problems at all; kept the pen nib-up the entire time (expect for when in use---only wrote with it after we reached altitude). Filled Visconti Traveling Inkpots Ditto to all of the above. :::whew!::: To be on the safe side, I slipped the TWSBI into a snack size ziplock baggie before traveling. I'm not crazy, after all. Pretty sure keeping the pen nib-up is a wise precaution, no matter what. Am also fairly certain the reason this pen traveled so well while inked is due to the fact it was initially filled using one of the Visconti inkpots (think: vacuum = no excess air to "burp" out). Just my two cents to share with anyone looking for recent feedback. Safe travels!
  8. <sigh> A short while I go I jumped into the modern pen pool and bought a TWSBI 580AL Blue with an extra fine nib. Loved the look of the pen, and it is the first demonstrator pen that I have ever seen in person. Loved that aspect of it too! Alas, for reasons that elude my understanding, the pen just doesn't sit right in my hand. Whether this is because it doesn't post, or the section is metal, or some other reason... well, anyway, life is too short to get hung up on these things and so I must consider what to do with it. I am tempted to sell it and put the money toward a Pilot Custom Heritage 92, because I think the length of the TWSBI is one of the larger factors in my not liking it as much as I want to. Essentially it will have been filled once, and spent most of its time in a pen wrap or on my desk. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with the pen, and it writes a nice consistent extra fine line (with a bit of feedback). I haven't even unpacked the silicone grease or the wrench! Anyway, has anyone else had a similar experience as this? If so, how did you solve the issue?
  9. Hey Guys, I am looking for a nice practical pen for everyday use, and prolonged writing sessions in an academic environment, after examining all my options Im torn between the CP1 and the TWSBI 580. I am considering a Fine nib by the way, which one should I opt for? Many Thanks.
  10. pedrosousa83

    Twsbi Eco Extra Fine

    Fellow FP lovers, I have decided to go for the TWSBI Eco EF as my first piston filler (hopefully of many😄). Love the aesthetics and the ink capacity of the pen. However, most of my pens are japanese F, namely pilot, so I'm used to very fine lines for my small handwritting. I have 2 lamys EF which produce too thick lines comparing to the metro. So, My concern with the Eco is the line width of the EF.... Can you guys help me decide if the eco Ef is similar to the metro fine (my usual EDC)? If you could upload some pictures that would be awesome. Many tks!
  11. Shavely Manden

    Having To Bear Down A Little On My 540's Nib

    Several years ago, I'd just started a fountain pen collection when I fell into a long period of depression, which I'm just now getting out of. I finally fished my Diamond 540 with an extra-fine nib out from under the bed (yes, I know), and I disassembled it & cleaned out the ink that had been drying for years inside it. After reassembly, everything works fine (piston better than before, since I re-greased it), and I inked it up with J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir. I have to put just a little more pressure than I remember on the nib to get it to write properly...writing under its own weight, it only makes a faint line and skips. I've tried changing the angle of the nib, but nothing's seemed to work. Have I broken my nib (or something else)? Or am I just overlooking something?
  12. Please forgive my pictures... this is my first review and I shot it with my wife's IPhone .. So here we go ... My heart almost burst out of my chest as I stood there signing for my international package ..The mailman looked at me and saw the gleam in my eye and he knew that he had brought me something very special indeed..... As I tore into the package I could see of one of my Grail pen's finally becoming a reality.. The packaging was subtle and yet sophisticated .. I didn't expect it to include two in cartridges and a converter.. When I first picked it up the weight felt good my in my hand. The balance was well tuned but posted...is when it really sang ... When the cap Popped off the highly tuned medium fine nib had Excalibur sharpness to it ..My Mike Masuyama Franklin Cristoph # 6 cursive Italic ...or the softness of my 14k med falcon nib had had a run for their money.. Inking it up with One of my favorite inks Pilot itoshizuku Kon-peki was the perfect match for the soft blue of the barrel ... Now the magic happened. Placing the nib down on my Rohdia dot Pad, The pen seemed to write it by itself the flow was wet but definitely not a gusher.... There was a little feedback That let your paper absorb the ink gladly ... The nib stacks up well in comparison to a few of my other inferior models... At $395 with free shipping I feel some one should lock me up because this was a real steal .... O wait that was $3.95 I hope this helps someone and that you found it helpful Thanks for your time ...Enjoy the photos ..check out my blog aredfalconand I make puppets
  13. brandonweng0426

    Twsbi Models, Market Intention

    We have a rumor(more like a joke) here in Taiwan, saying that every pen series TWSBI makes have very strong market intention. For example, Diamonds are to become the most affordable demonstrator and next level pen. ECOs are beating hard on LAMY safari- the highly recommend entry pen. VACs are the most affordable demonstrator vacuum filler(the other pen is from a Japanese company). Micarta is more of an experience product(said by the company), but might be targeting of getting a market share in the wood/special material collection. Well, every pen company, every product may have a main focus or a logo/image, so this theory may be used in all company, but considered all the pen models from TWSBI, I have a feeling that TWSBI not only wants to make pen, but also has a strong competition intention. By the way, The first pen published by "TWSBI" (not Montesa)-Diamond 530 is a reverse engineering of Pelican m800, though they didn't copy m800's piston.(These two pens are the same height when capped if I'm remembering this correctly) What do you guys thing about this hypothesis, leave them here!
  14. atc729

    Lamy Or Twsbi Stub Nib?

    Hello fellow fountain pen users! I'm wanting to get a 1.1 stub nib. I currently have a Lamy Al-Star and a TWSBI Vac 700. I know I can buy stub nibs for them, but which is better? Do any of you have any experience with either of these stub nibs? I was also thinking about just getting a TWSBI Eco with a 1.1 stub because it's only a couple dollars more than getting the nib unit for the Vac 700. Any thoughts might help me to make a better informed decision. Thanks in advance!
  15. HRoberts_08

    Twisbi 580Al Nibs

    Hi sorry to be a pain Is there anyone else who sells the Twisbi 580AL nibs in UK I know the writing desk sells them just seeing who else I'm also just wondering what nib put in your Twisbi and which version of the the Twisbi u think or feel is the best I've heard loads on the Vac , Eco and Mini
  16. Public service announcement: for those who don't subscribe to his channel, Dan Smith (the Nibsmith) has just posted a YouTube 'first look' video for the TWSBI Eco. A concise but comprehensive and, I think, pretty fair summary of the pen's features. Take a look if you're interested (and/or feel free to make your own?!).
  17. Edgemcmuffins

    $30-50 Pens

    Recently, my parents have said that If I get straight a's, I will get $100 to spend on pens. Right now, my pre-prepared cart on goulet has a rhodia dotpad, a jinhao 159+ goulet nib, a faber-castell basic, and a twsbi eco. I was thinking of replacing one of the pens to buy some more ink, as all I have now is noodler's black and a set of black-cap winsor and newton inks that I don't trust. If I had to get rid of a pen, which should I get rid of?
  18. Tomasbjornsson

    Twsbi Diamond 580 Al Blue

    This is not a review of the TWSBI Diamond 580 AL blue, but more my thoughts after I have used it for about a month or so. I only bought this pen because I really like its design. I already have a diamond 580 which I use daily, so I don't really have the need of it - except I like to use different inks and I can't be bothered to clean the pen constantly, so there's my excuse. As with my other TWSBI pen, this has an extra fine nip, which suits my style of drawing - I only use my pens for drawing, I don't write much. The nip has a single slit, a breath hole, the TWSBI logo and a curly pattern engraved. It runs smoothly over the paper, no skipping, even if you move fast and it distribute the ink evenly. The nip has a slight spring to it and after a while (I suspect, that's what has happened with my other diamond 580) the nip will soften a bit and give it a bit of flex, not a flex pen, but enough to make a slightly varied line if needed. The pen is well balanced, feels like good quality, I don't know much about the material, but I have used my "old" TWSBI Diamond 580 on a daily basis for a very long time and it's still in perfect condition (mind you, I take very good care of it). I like that the barrel is made of clear "glass", so I can see the ink. I only use waterproof ink, so the fact that the pen is so easy to disassemble and clean, is quite important. The only concern I had was the aluminum grip. It is smooth, in fact very smooth, and I could imagine that it could cause problems for people with very dry hands. And I have heard that this blue section rotates on some pens, as with the clear section on the diamond 580. But I haven't experienced that on any of my TWSBIs, and I suspect that it's because it has not been assembled properly. This sketch is done in a Sennelier sketchbook, 150 gsm cold pressed paper with a slight texture - perfect for pen drawings, but that's another story. I use De Atramentis archive black ink in this pen. Any way, this is solely my own opinion, I have no connection with TWSBI (though I don't mind free gifts 😉). I just really like this pen. It's like it was made for my hands, and sketchbooks.
  19. willyc50

    Vac 700 Replacement?

    Has anybody heard if TWSBI will be replacing the vac 700 with another full-sized model? I have (and like) both the 700 and the vac mini, but prefer a larger pen because I have big hands.
  20. Hi all, I just purchased my first decent fountain pen, it's the TWSBI 580AL silver with an extra fine nib. It's a demonstrator pen, and I'm looking to find an ink to go with it, and I was thinking about getting either the diamine asa blue, diamine blue velvet, diamine Mediterranean blue, pilot iroshizuki Kon-Peki, or noodlers blue. As you can see, I'm going for a blue ink, and I already have the aurora black. I'm just wondering what everyone thinks of these colors and which you like best. The TWSBI is a demonstrator, and I really want to have an elegant blue in the barrel, but I'm not sure which one would work best. I'm also worried that the pen will stain too quickly, and I know it's inevitable, but I want to keep it clean as long as I can. Which ink, if any of the ones listed, would stain the least? Thanks everyone!
  21. dylim1

    Twsbi Eco

    It's been a long wait. TWSBI just announced the ECO. Coming out in mid July. $28.99. http://instagram.com/p/4S4U_4TEvC/
  22. proton007

    580 Al Flow Issues

    I've read several posts here, and in most cases the solution is sending the pen back to TWSBI. This 580 AL I have is about a year old, and I've used it almost continuously, but now the flow problems are starting to annoy me. Firstly, when I fill the pen, the flow is too wet..the ink almost drips. Then, the flow gradually starts to reduce...until it's writing close to dry. Yes, if I turn the knob the flow increases again, but then after a page or so it's back to dry. I've made sure the feed channels are wide and clear, the nib has adequate gap between the tines, and the pen is clean. Looks like there just isn't enough air going into the pen, the vacuum at the back is too strong and preventing the ink from flowing out. Has anyone found a solution to this problem before I decide to do get this pen repaired?
  23. cellardoor04

    Some Pictures Of My 580Al

    Hi all, Just wanted to share some pictures I took of my 580al! I recently got this as a workhorse for school notes, and never noticed how beautiful it was until I unboxed it. Here it is inked with Diamine Aqua Blue: http://i.imgur.com/KIeT1oT.jpg http://i.imgur.com/3Up7lTT.jpg http://i.imgur.com/a1DWsxb.jpg
  24. Hey all, (Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place) I love Diamine Majestic Blue: not so much the sheen, but the juicy tone. However, I'm getting serious burping/blobbing issues with a TWSBI Vac700 (my daily). I'm pretty sure it's the ink & pen combination, as haven't had burping in that pen with Havasu Turqoise or Burnt Sienna, but I'm not completely sure. Even uncapping it is asking for trouble at the moment! Could be to do with warming in my hands, but again, I haven't had this with other colours. I've definitely noticed this ink is *very* wet in this pen: I can barely make out the feed fins, or whatever they're called and it practically flies out when writing. Can I just check if anyone else has had similar issues, or if there are any tips. Would love to use the combination if possible. Is it just this ink, or have I done something to the pen somehow? I'm nearly finished the reservoir, so can try testing with another colour and/or re-assembling the pen. For science! Thanks in advance, Evy [edited for clarity]
  25. I got started with fountain pens about a month ago, and I dove in headfirst with a couple of under $100 pens - a TWSBI 580 AL, and a Pilot Custom Heritage 91. Now I'm looking for another pen (here we go). I'm going to keep the CH91 inked with black for a day-to-day workhorse, but I'd love to have another demonstrator to go with the TWSBI that I can use for more interesting inks. The Conid Bulkfiller is basically the ideal for me - interesting filling mechanism, clear demonstrator, solid construction. But it's waaay out of my price range ($200 max). The TWSBI feels solid in the hand and the look is great... but I absolutely love the Pilot nib. As far as I've found, the Pilot CH92 is my best bet for combining these two things, but I was just wondering if there was anything else out there similar? I've also seen some posts on FPN about users creating frankenpens with TWSBI pens with other brands' nibs, but I'm not sure how reliable that would be. So basically, I uh... might have a thing for clear demonstrators now. I'll leave you with some pics http://i.imgur.com/NtewHDF.jpg http://i.imgur.com/krOeYqa.jpg





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