I've been reading about...
I've been reading about TWSBI pens for a while now, but never really felt
compelled to try one, despite the rave reviews by TWSBI fanboyz. I have a dozen
or more excellent steel-nibbed pens and have been saving space for vintage and
flex nibs. But curiosity finally got the best of me. I bought this pen (TWSBI
Diamond 580AL, EF nib) and splurged on one of the TSWBI bottles as well. I
expected a high quality but unexciting pen. Instead, the quality and
craftsmanship of this pen (and the superlative and ingenious filling cap on the
bottle - reviewed separately) have blown my socks off.
The pen body and cap are made of very high quality, thick, clear plastic and the
metal components are solid and heavy. The plunger, made of precision milled
metal, will most certainly outlast me. The EF nib was the real surprise. Out of
the box, it feels stiff, as is typical of steel EF nibs, yet it provides
surprising degree of flex. For comparison it felt *slightly* less smooth than my
Pilot Prera F nib (on Kokuyo Campus paper), yet achieved a broader range of
stroke widths, making for gorgeous cursive and showcasing my ink's shading
qualities -- an impressive feat for an EF nib!
The only point on which I can fault this pen is that the cap is a little more
heavy than I'd prefer when posted. This shortcoming is not enough to overcome my
astonishment at the brilliant filling system and overall outstanding quality.
The 580AL Silver will be my go-to pen for the foreseeable future.
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