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Aysedasi
3 hours ago, LiquidInk said:

The spring is easy to put on the rod. Unscrew the end cap (I don't know what it is called). There is a small drop of glue that you might have to break seal on, but it is threaded so you won't have an issue getting that end cap back on. Spring slips right over the rod once you remove that cap. The cap I think is reverse threaded? I think I remember having to turn counter clockwise to tighten it down, instead of normal clockwise. But I don't remember if I held it up or down so it might be a normal thread.

 

I like the clip, yes it is tight, but it works with thin fabric like dress shirts. It won't work on the jacket pocket though. Plus Taiwan is so hot and humid that their clothes fabrics aren't thick to begin with.

 

It's odd, I'm liking the pen so much that I'm already considering ordering the orange verison from china in EF, Chinese versions are orange and green, instead of the Blue/Black that we have.

 

Interesting, do you have a link to where you can buy the orange and green versions?

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I'd also love to know where the other colours can be found - I'm not keen on the blue and don't particularly want multiple smoke versions. 

 

I've taken the clip off mine and reversed the spring. As a result, the look is (for me) greatly improved, and the functionality unaffected as I don't use clips to start with. I much prefer it now.

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I've had no problem at all with the converter as it came with the pen.  The blue is actually rather nice, IMO. 

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I picked up a blue version in an F nib myself after liking the Smoke version in an EF I got first.  I like the Blue color, and it lets me easily differentiate between the two nibs.

 

The clip could have been much better, no doubt about that, but I found the pen so comfortable to write with that I wanted to make sure I had another, and I find the EF and F to both be very practical nibs for work and what not.

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Received the smoke in a broad yesterday.

 

Much better than I expected for the price point, especially the nib.

 

Only complaint I have (I don't use the clip so don't care about it) is I had to disassemble and reassemble the spring loader converter. It was not quite seated right on the spring and as a result the spring didn't compress properly when pushed. Only took a few seconds so not a big deal.

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The nib is really sweet, IMO, everything I ask for in a nice juicy broad nib.  :)

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Dip n Scratch

It looks like someone got creative with an AL-Star by re-making the cap.

Is the converter standard International fit so you can use a Schmidt unit?

I hope the pen isn't going to be discovered to be as brittle as other models.

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Like many others on this thread, I like my Swipe and am glad that I bought it.

The writing experience is fine, the grip-section is comfortable and although the spring-in-converter converter doesn't fill up all the way, it still holds plenty of ink. It is decent value

 

BUT, buyers based in Europe should manage expectations. Your money buys you less than it would in the US.

In the US, you get a fountain pen, a spring converter, a piston converter and an ink cartridge. These items are all listed on the packaging sold in the US.

In Europe, you get a fountain pen, a spring converter and an ink cartridge. Only these items are listed on the packaging sold in Europe. The packaging is otherwise identical to that sold in the US (as shown in the Inky Rocks review). No piston converter is included.

 

This isn't a deal-breaker, but it annoys me for two reasons.

First, information flows are international, as TWSBI well knows. Why should I get less while paying more? A Swipe costs Eur.25, which is US$29-US$30, depending on the current exchange. If I'm going to be paying more anyway, I should at least get the same kit. I don't understand the point of printing two sets of packaging.

Second, if I was going to get only one of the two converters, I would far rather have had the piston converter, not least because the spring converter can leak a bit out of the back (see also the Inky Rocks review on this).

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On 8/24/2021 at 4:16 AM, LiquidInk said:

 

Does anyone know if these coloured versions are official TWSBI products or whether they are ripoffs? They do look like official products, but...

 

I have just double-checked on TWSBI's own website. There, only the smoke and blue versions are for sale. 

 

The green and orange versions for sale on the Taobao Focus website are listed as being by "TWSBI/Sanwentang". The packaging does look genuine. My working assumption is that these colours are made by TWSBI exclusively for the Chinese market, but it would be nice to have confirmation either way.

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Aysedasi

The availability of only EF and F nibs would certainly back that up.  

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5 hours ago, Dip n Scratch said:

 

I hope the pen isn't going to be discovered to be as brittle as other models.

Interesting this.  I've owned, maybe 7-8 TWSBIs of various flavours over the years and have never had a single issue.  Perhaps I'm just lucky?  

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On 8/26/2021 at 4:38 AM, Dip n Scratch said:

It looks like someone got creative with an AL-Star by re-making the cap.

Is the converter standard International fit so you can use a Schmidt unit?

I hope the pen isn't going to be discovered to be as brittle as other models.


I’m a big Lamy Safari/Al-star fan, it will always be near and dear to my heart, but I much prefer the Swipe.  
 

The section on the Swipe is very comfortable.  One of the most comfortable sections I’ve ever used.

 

I very much like that the ink capacity is significantly larger than the Safari/Al Star.

 

I also love that TWSBI uses Jowo nibs, and so far, they have great QC and write great OOTB.


I already gifted a couple TWSBI’s this month, an Eco and 2 Swipes, with Kiwa Guro, and they work great OOTB, no worries, and they can use them anywhere on virtually any paper.

 

On 8/26/2021 at 6:52 AM, stephanos said:

Like many others on this thread, I like my Swipe and am glad that I bought it.

The writing experience is fine, the grip-section is comfortable and although the spring-in-converter converter doesn't fill up all the way, it still holds plenty of ink. It is decent value

 

BUT, buyers based in Europe should manage expectations. Your money buys you less than it would in the US.

In the US, you get a fountain pen, a spring converter, a piston converter and an ink cartridge. These items are all listed on the packaging sold in the US.

In Europe, you get a fountain pen, a spring converter and an ink cartridge. Only these items are listed on the packaging sold in Europe. The packaging is otherwise identical to that sold in the US (as shown in the Inky Rocks review). No piston converter is included.

 

This isn't a deal-breaker, but it annoys me for two reasons.

First, information flows are international, as TWSBI well knows. Why should I get less while paying more? A Swipe costs Eur.25, which is US$29-US$30, depending on the current exchange. If I'm going to be paying more anyway, I should at least get the same kit. I don't understand the point of printing two sets of packaging.

Second, if I was going to get only one of the two converters, I would far rather have had the piston converter, not least because the spring converter can leak a bit out of the back (see also the Inky Rocks review on this).

 

That sucks.  I prefer the twist converter.  It’s nice, works well, and has an automatic locking mechanism when you’ve raised the piston to full capacity. 
 

Definitely worth getting the pen regardless but it’s worth getting the twist converter IMO.

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Dip n Scratch

Has anyone measured the pen section precisely? I know what size range fits me. Is the pen a triangular section or a tapered cylinder?

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9 hours ago, Dip n Scratch said:

Has anyone measured the pen section precisely? I know what size range fits me. Is the pen a triangular section or a tapered cylinder?

The pen is NOT triangular.  It is a tapered cylinder with a flare at the end.  
 

It’s also nice because there’s no threads and the way the section transitions to the body makes it very comfortable to hold higher up on the section.

 

figboot has precise measurements on his video at 9:30.

 

 

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Dip n Scratch

Why do you think that we only get one converter for the European market?

I was curious enough to buy a TWSBI Go out of curiosity. It's filling method is a sprung plunger. Maybe you have to be a bit sensitive when filling a Go!

It is my first TWSBI pen. The jury's still out regarding the  Swipe.

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Having initially rather liked my Swipe, I'm now not sure. The cap seal is not good enough. The Go! is faultless on this, and I was hoping for the same performance, but after trying several inks (just to be sure) I can only conclude that it just doesn't seal well enough to be usable in the long term for me. Which is a shame as its a slightly nicer looking pen and the ink capacity is appealing. 

 

I may do some experimenting to see if the converter fits any other pens. 

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28 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

I may do some experimenting to see if the converter fits any other pens. 

Do let us know the results! I’ve been wondering about this too. 

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4 hours ago, mizgeorge said:

The cap seal is not good enough.

 

Hmm... Mine have been going on 2 weeks, just test wrote and so far no dry out

  • Pelikan Royal Blue
  • Montblanc Permanent Blue
  • Noodler's Proctor's Ledge

All wrote perfectly out of the box.

 

What I did notice was the one with the Noodler's and spring converter, hard started. I just jerked to prime the ink window --> feed and then no problems. I notice the spring traps this ink back in the piston and so I like the (twist) piston converter much better: large capacity and no spring. Some review mentioned taking the spring out altogether and using as a syringer filler (my fav mechanism) I want to try that after I drain these 3.

 

Lastly, I have tried every fountain pen that I could get my hands on and these TWSBI Swipe Converters DO NOT FIT ANY! None, nyet, nada, null and void 😲 

 

I still think TWSBI hit a home run with the Swipe. It makes up for my cracked/leaky Vac Mini.

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