TWSBI Vac Mini Clear Fountain Pen - Stub 1.1 mm Nib

TWSBI Vac Mini Clear Fountain Pen - Stub 1.1 mm Nib

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TWSBI fountain pens are loved for their high quality and affordability, offering advanced filling mechanisms normally reserved for much more expensive fountain pens. Like the Diamond Mini, the Vac Mini takes the high-capacity filling mechanism of one of TWSBI's full-sized fountain pens and puts it into a compact pen that is perfect for everyday carry. The clear demonstrator body shows off the ink inside the pen and lets you monitor ink level. The cap and barrel are faceted to keep the pen from rolling away, and threading on the end of the barrel allow the cap to be screwed on securely while the pen is in use.

To use the vacuum filling mechanism, twist the knob at the end of the barrel counter-clockwise, pull back the plunger, then submerge the nib in ink and push down the plunger to create a vacuum that sucks the ink up into the barrel—no need for cartridges or a converter! Be careful, as operating the plunger while ink is in the pen will cause ink to leak out of the pen. The pen also features an ink shut-off valve, which seals the ink chamber when the knob is fully tightened, preventing the pen from leaking if you take it on an airplane. To open the valve and allow a continuous flow of ink, twist the knob counter-clockwise until it is loosened, but do not pull back the plunger.

In keeping with their philosophy of promoting the traditional experience of using a fountain pen, TWSBI has designed this pen to be completely self-serviceable. It comes with a wrench, two O-rings, and a vial of silicone grease you can use for at-home maintenance.

This pen can be filled from any fountain pen ink bottle, but for clean and easy refilling at home or on the go, try a TWSBI Vac20A Ink Bottle, which is specially designed to fill TWSBI Vac 700 and Vac Mini fountain pens to maximum capacity. Without the use of the Vac20A, this pen will fill to about two-thirds of its maximum capacity, which is still a major improvement over a typical cartridge/converter pen.

This pen features a 1.1 mm stub italic nib, great for calligraphy or simply adding a bit of flair and sophistication to your writing.

The pen comes in an attractive clear plastic case with a clean, modern design. For protection, the plastic case is packaged in a cardboard box. This cardboard box is fragile and may get crumpled during shipping.

This pen only uses bottled ink, which is not included with this pen. Check out our collection of bottled fountain pen inks here!

Also pictured: Pilot Letter Pad, Kokuyo Cover Notebook.

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Suddenly, I find myself...
April 15, 2016
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Suddenly, I find myself with a litter of TWSBIs. All are vacuum fillers because I often travel for work by air. The key words are work and air, making vacuum fillers the safest choice and the TWSBIs less expensive than those others of mine that I generally do not think of as work pens.

The first thing that you will want to know is that the nib, a 1.1mm Stub does not create the same broad line as does the 1.1mm Stub in the Vac 700. You will achieve some variation, but there is a noticeable difference in the Vac Mini's response. This is not a negative, I am simply attempting to make potential buyers aware. TWSBI does manufacture the Vac Mini with a 1.5mm Stub nib that you may wish to investigate.

Okay, so this pen is just as one would expect from TWSBI. It is well-mannered and well-built. It is considerably smaller and lighter than the Vac 700. I absolutely must post the Vac Mini when writing; those with small hands may not find this necessary. The posting can be a pain, as the cap must be threaded and you must position the cap correctly if the clip is not to be opposite the nib and thus resting uncomfortably against your hand. I have come to know this through the use of my other Vac Mini. As I write this review, the specific pen that I review here has been in my possession only about two hours, but other than the nibs, they are, of course, identical.

In the end, I am very happy with all four of my TWSBI Vacs. The Vac Minis are just more practical for one who carries and uses a fountain pen (several, actually) for work or for leisure travel, Just remember to oopen or close the ink feed as appropriate when in use or before takeoff, and you will appreciate your Vac Mini as much as I appreciate mine.