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  1. Hi, is there anyone in India who is willing to sell the TWSBI diamond 580 or Vac 700r? I'm in for buying some Twsbi pens and wasn't sure where to look for them. I want to try them out. If you're interested in selling yours, message me:)
  2. I need a highlighter pen. Tried the Lamy Safari with 1.1 nib route, but the converter is too small so I run empty very quickly. Now I am leaning towards a TWSBI Diamond Mini with a 1.5 stub. Is anyone using the TWSBI as a highlighter pen? How is the 1.5 nib out of the box? Having read about breakage, cracking plastic, and finnicky nibs in the TWSBI forum, I'd like to hear your experience with the Diamond Mini, particularly the 1.5 stub nib. Also, if your experience steered you away from TWSBI, please share if you found a better alternative. The highlighter ink will be Diamine, probabl
  3. soniknitr

    Twsbi Diamond 580 Review

    With the latest Twsbi Eco making news, I decided to give my old 580 another shot just to make sure whether I should go for another. Find one is good enough for me (personal opinion). Here is also a link to my blog: TWSBI Diamond 580 Review Here goes my review of the 580: My sole motivation behind getting a TWSBI was to disassemble the pen and have all the fun, which I missed. And I got a clear demonstrator, packaged with a nice-looking wrench. THE TWSBI STORY TWSBI (called Twiz-Bee) refers to San Wen Tong, i.e when TWS is spelled backwards and it means ‘Hall of Three Cultures’ accord
  4. mehandiratta

    Anybody Buying & Using Twsbi In India?

    Hello FPN Members Trying to get hold of TWSBI DIAMOND 580 at the prices comparable to international market.... can any one guide... what is your opinion about using these pens.... Looking forward to hear from Indian friends especially
  5. Everybody knows that TWSBI 580 is sporting a #5 nib screw unit, so I'm thinking to make it easy by posting pictures of modified ones, maybe a little explanation as well. So, I have a TWSBI 580 AL and my first modification being with an Inoxcrom golden fine nib from a model that looks like a Parker Vector. The second mod is with Schmidt® PRS rollerball cartridge system, using a bit of duct tape and O-ring:
  6. Hello, I recently got back in to fountain pens and have been conflicted as to my next fountain pen. My first pen was a crappy jinhao, which was quickly followed by some other unknown Chinese knockoff of a lamy, and then shortly by a borrowed blue-gold waterman expert (it's my mom's. I love writing with it but want my own pen because she'll get mad at me if I damage it because it was really expensive at the time and is no longer available). and before anyone says anything, I personally don't like the more inexpensive Lamys, I don't find them to be comfortable. More recently I have also tried o
  7. <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 C
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Hi all! ​Here's my review of the TWSBI 580 Rose Gold. There is a bit copy and paste from my review of the TWSBI Classic, as in most ways the pens are similar. Appearance + Design 5 / 5 Like all TWSBI fountain pens, this is a lovely, well made pen. The design is well thought out. To be able to fully take it apart and service it, is a bonus. I have a 540, which I love. Then TWSBI released the Rose Gold version of the Mini which I thought was nice, but I preferred the look of black and gold, rather the Mini's white ad gold, so I ended up buying the 580 Rose Gold version. I love the look of the
  11. merrycitrine

    Namiki Blue In A Twsbi 580?

    Hello FPNners! I have a question regarding Namiki Blue. I am buying a TWSBI 580 and want to make this my everyday ink. However, I was wondering if it would stain it. Also if so, has anyone tried bleach/ammonia solutions on it? I really don't want to permanently stain my pen. Thank you!
  12. ConnorGasgarth

    Twsbi 580 Al Fine Or X-Fine

    So i have a metropolitan with a M nib. This nib is great for me, so what would be more like that a fine or x-fine nib, thanks!
  13. CJ_ung

    Twsbi 580 Or Vac700

    Hello all, I was thinking of buying a new pen. After researching a bit, I settled on getting either a TWSBI 580 or a Vac700. The problem is deciding which one. I've read a lot of reviews and whatnot, but I want to hear from you guys on the topic. Any info/advice is much appreciated. Thanks!! -CJ
  14. mlmlmlml

    Twsbi Vac700 Vs 580?

    Hi all, I am coming of of my first pen (Lamy Safari) and I was wondering which of the two you would recommend and why. The price of the 580 is much more appealing to me ($60 vs $85), and I don't know if the Vac is worth the extra cost. Thanks!
  15. shumanfu

    Leaking 580 :(

    Hey guys, Need some ideas. My 580 is leaking from where the nib unit and barrel fit together. Its on pretty tight, don't want to over tighten as i'm worried the plastic will start cracking. It's always stored nib up and the barrel is a new replacement. It happened to the old barrel too and ended up filling up the cap with ink. Here's a pic. http://i.imgur.com/ftlEgBn.jpg Cheers.
  16. All in the title, but a few more details. Tight on budget, but I do want a pen and a 580 is around the ballpark on the maximum I want to spend this moment. I've seen some glowing reviews for the 580 and the Al Star, so I really can't decide myself. I'm leaning more to the Al Star but the major factor is smoothness. I've had a Safari and I know the nib was smooth, but can the 580 bring something different and enjoyable too? Edit: Nib preference would F or M. Also the writing angle would be a bit low, but pretty sure both pens are lax on the angle.
  17. Z500

    580 Vs 580Al ? Build Quality ?

    I have read so much about the TWSBI's having problems. Yet there are many people who just love these pens. I have formed the idea that the 580AL is less problem prone since it has an aluminum section. Am I correct in this assumption ? Or is the difference in build quality not worth worrying about ? I actually prefer the looks of the 580 (non-AL version).
  18. Eclectica

    Twsbi Diamond 580 'o's ?

    Hi there, Apologies in advance for such a silly question! I have had a TWSBI diamond 580 for a while and was giving it a good clean the other day - you know, nib/section unscrewed and shaking the water out of the piston etc. - when I had a horrible thought that there might have been an 'O' ring in there somewhere. I looked on the floor but found nothing - if it was there, it could have gone down the plughole in sink, bath or worse! Now looking at the updated diagram of the 580 as supplied clearly shows 3 'o'-rings. http://www.peggysparlour.co.uk/pubpics/twsbi580-1.jpg Mine now doe
  19. dragos.mocanu

    580 Al Or Mini

    Hello beautiful people, I've been looking to get a TWSBI pen for a long time, but one problem has always kept me away: which model I should buy! I have small-medium hands and my biggest pen is Lamy 2000 (which is my favorite pen model ever!); my other daily users include a couple of P"51"s and a vintage Duofold Jr., which although short, fits my hand neatly even unposted (I NEVER post my pens). The Vac 700 is clearly out of question (it's really way too bulky), but I'm wondering if the 580 is also too big for me. I've tried comparing the Lamy 2000 with the 580 (pictures on the Internet), and
  20. Behike54

    A Month With My Twsbi 580~Al

    I decided to write this mini-review and initial impressions because the reviews for this pen have been polarizing, to say the least. Initially, 2 things scared me. One shortly after I got it and one today. 1) When I first got the pen, the piston mechanism was so tight, I couldn't unscrewed it with the wrench without the pen turning in my hand, despite my best efforts. Despite the posts about the 580s tendencies to crack, I just told myself I wasn't going to worry about it. When I was done flushing the piston clean, I separated the nib ferule from the barrel and used the wrench to ever so
  21. Hi all, I'm still kinda new, but can't help but notice that lots of people love TWSBI products for their value and coolness. There's a huge buzz about the "return" of the 580RB, and I'm excited myself. I always liked the look of the 540ROC and thought I "missed it" based on when I came into pens. Now there's talk and drawings on the TWSBI facebook page about an Amercian end-jewel, which I like. The tradition star is cool-looking too. Based on TWSBI history, how "safe" is it to wait on the American model. I think I would only like it slightly better and don't want to miss out on getting a
  22. Two demonstrators in roughly the same price range. Clearly, the 580 has the larger ink capacity, but how do they compare in terms of build, QC, and nib performance? Thanks!
  23. I plan to purchase a TWSBI Diamond 580, but I don't know which nib would be right for me. Can you tell me which TWSBI width (fine/medium/broad) is closest to a LAMY FINE? I have a Faber-Castell with a medium, but even that is finer than my Lamy fine. I have looked at Goulet's nib nook but I'm still not sure.
  24. Ok.... so a couple months ago i was torn between buying a diamond 580 and a vac 700.... so i did what any normal addict would do.... i bought both. Now, although they both have the newer jowo nib i believe, they are different sizes... 6 on vac and 5 on 580 respectfully. My issue has been with the 580. I got them both in medium. It is a veeeery wet writer. Like to the point of almost bleedthrough on rhodia. Im not sure if this is normal... I know that many have said they had flow issues with theirs in the past, but mine is the opposite.... Is this normal for the 580? Is it the medium nib? (Ive
  25. I'm not really sure where exactly this post belongs because it is not strictly a review of a product you can buy off the shelf, but I think this sub forum is probably the best. As far as the TWSBI 580 is concerned, I have no complaints. I think it's a fun looking pen that is also very functional. I originally had concerns that the clear plastic would become scratched and scuffed and lose its nice shininess, but this hasn't happened after almost a year. It's comfortable in the hand, holds a good amount of ink, smooth operating piston and easily user serviceable. The only thing I wasn't crazy

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