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Just received my first Twist Filler- a green one. A couple questions for Brian or anyone who knows:


- This looks like a Pelikan-esque piston filler. Mine does not fill, but if I pull the nib and

it looks like the plunger moves up/down when I turn the knob. Are these restorable?


- The nib an 8550, which I belive is original. The color is a little different- almost a

titanium grey like the Stipula 22, except somewhat glossy. I have no other 8xxx

nibs. Is this right, or have I just not cleaned it thoroughly? I didn't want to polish

off any original finish.


I'm not sure how many more of these I'll go after at the same price point as a very nice Relief pen, but it is great to have an example in my collection.


Best regards, greg

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Congrats! I suppose these are restorable, but out of the five that I've had, none were able to be fixed. The inside rod can crystallize and turn into powder, which basically makes them unusuable except for as a very expensive dip pen. I hope to some day find one that actually works, but I'm not going to hold my breath. :) Does yours take in and expel water?


The 8xxx series nibs are paladium silver, so they are more of that titanium grey finish you describe. They do polish up a bit, but not too much.


Look at it this way Greg, you have one sixth of a complete twist filler collection and there are far more relief out there than that. :D





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Ok now I hate myself. My wife and I bought a house in October, and I was in the middle of changing careers(probably not the best time to buy), but due to the interest rates dropping so much we had to take advantage. I’m doing well in my new career, but initially i needed money so I sold my never-used twist filler. It’s was in perfect condition, and I think I only made like $250 on it(i paid like $500 for it). Ooof!! Now that I’m actually making money at work, I really wish I had held out a bit longer, keeping it in my collection 😞

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