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On 8/26/2021 at 3:52 PM, 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).

 

I live in Switzerland and bought my Swipe directly from the TWSBI.com site, and I got the full kit (2 converters, spring, cartridge). I suppose the European version is if you don't buy directly from them? 🤷‍♂️

Rev. Gina

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RevGina: Did you get hammered for Customs charges on top of shipping? US-Europe shipping is awful. It usually amounts to more than the value of the item.

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4 hours ago, Dip n Scratch said:

RevGina: Did you get hammered for Customs charges on top of shipping? US-Europe shipping is awful. It usually amounts to more than the value of the item.

 

No, but I usually use the FedEx expedited shipping, and I think that usually covers VAT. Also, Switzerland isn't part of the EU, so there might be some differences for me than other folks in Europe. 

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I got my fingers burnt by Customs in the UK for a handful of #6 nibs from Fountain Pen Revolution. It just makes me think twice about ordering anything from the US.

 

I bought two TWSBI Go! Expecting the nibs to be a bit on the broad side I first had a Fine, then got a Medium after all.

Any UK FPN member wants the Fine nib version send me a Private Message.

 

With the piston fill converter: Do you find you need to expel a drop or two of ink to avoid a little flood? This is only after filling, not any other time.

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I just pulled the trigger for a Swipe from TWSBI.com.

I had looked at other TWSBI models but the section dimensions discouraged me. The Writing Desk in the UK gives dimensions, which is very useful.

Otherwise it's like buying shoes without knowing the size & width fitting.

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30 minutes ago, Dip n Scratch said:

I got my fingers burnt by Customs in the UK for a handful of #6 nibs from Fountain Pen Revolution. It just makes me think twice about ordering anything from the US.

 

 

Oh, yeah, I get that. It's hit or miss for me, depending on the shipping method. 

 

Re: piston converter: I've only used it a couple of times, but didn't have to expel any ink. 

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That was only my experience with the Go. I was not sure whether it applied across the TWSBI piston-fill range. The Go (F) was my first experience of the TWSBI fountain pen.

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On 8/26/2021 at 3:52 PM, stephanos said:

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.

 

 


I bought a Swipe on the strength of Stephen Brown‘s review, and expected to get a full kit, as he described. But the only seller in EU that I could find was in Italy, and when the pen arrived I was very irritated to discover that the piston converter was not included or listed on the box.

 

I must add that the pen works ok, but I am not impressed with it in any way — I prefer my Lamy safaris. “TWSBI: been there, done that!”

 

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12 hours ago, Dip n Scratch said:

I just pulled the trigger for a Swipe from TWSBI.com.

I had looked at other TWSBI models but the section dimensions discouraged me. The Writing Desk in the UK gives dimensions, which is very useful.

Otherwise it's like buying shoes without knowing the size & width fitting.

Why from overseas with the risk of VAT/handling charge? Just curious...

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I agree it sucks that the 2nd converter isn't included outside the US (and I have absolutely no idea why other than to try to alienate buyers from the rest of the world), but it's pretty inexpensive to buy on its own, and for the sake of a couple of pounds more, next day delivery and no risk of being caught out by border control, I jut bought mine here. I got a double discount, so mine cost, from memory almost exactly £20 (delivered) with both converters, and I don't have a problem with that at all.

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TWSBI.com order of the Swipe. From US to me in UK. Ordered 22nd Sept, arrived 24th Sept. Takes that long for goods in England!

Are the nibs standard #5 in the Swipe & are they changeable?

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