Product Reviews Written by Mrs Bob Dobalina

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I've been reading about...
July 11, 2015
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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I've never really seen...
July 11, 2015
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I've never really seen the point of third party ink bottles, since many inks (Herbein, Pilot Iroshizuku) come in excellent bottles. But when I noticed the filling system, I thought "Hmmm....if they pulled that off, it would be a neat trick." I was curious but skeptical. Well, this bottle just arrived today and, like the TWSBI pen I bought with it, it is a precision-machined beast. The craftsmanship of the filling cap is absolutely superb. I immediately filled the bottle then unpacked and filled the pen (TWSBI Diamond 580AL), and I am now an unreserved fan of TWSBI (I'm reviewing the pen separately). This filling system has got to be the most significant advance in fountain pen technology in at least 100 years. It works immaculately -- did not spill a single molecule of ink. This bottle is worth every penny, and is a no-brainer if you own a TWSBI pen.
I've purchased scads...
November 5, 2014
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I've purchased scads of these pens, in the 0.3 and 0.4 tips, and keep buying them. The colors are excellent, and the tips are very fine, precise, and smooth. These pens are my favorite for taking margin notes -- the fine tips and smooth gel ink mean I can write tons of notes even on cheap, pulpy paper.
On one or two occasions, I have had a tip dry out after disuse for several months. This may account for the negative review. But if it happens, just work the tip on scrap paper. It will eventually start flowing again and go back to the normal, smooth operation.
The only drawback I can find is that the ink isn't waterproof -- don't try to update your Hobonichi with one of these pens during a bath ;-)
I adore this pen for...
February 6, 2014
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I adore this pen for its extremely fine line, and it's my hands-down favorite pen for using with my Hobonichi planner. I like the feel of the hexagon wood barrel - it has a warmer feel than plastic pens - and the new colors. I've seen some reviews that complain about scratchiness -- maybe that's a paper quality issue. On Japanese papers, or european papers by Exacompta or Clairefontaine, this pen writes as smoothly as any other pens that I own, aside from the miraculous Uni jetstream. If you need a fatter pen for comfort, this won't be your choice. But for a compact, ultra fine-tip workhorse, these pens are excellent.
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I have an insane number...
March 20, 2013
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I have an insane number of ballpoint, gel, and fountain pens at my desk, but this one has become my hands-down favorite for almost everything (I still prefer pigment markers for some things). I'm stuffing my cabinets with refills, because I really don't ever want to run out of this miraculous ink. It's incredibly smooth -- truly frictionless yet still dries fast -- and even my husband, who writes at a strange hand angle that causes every other pen in the universe to leave globs of ink everywhere, is thrilled with it.

I've just ordered two more of the rubber body series -- they're fatter but not too fat, and easier to find by touch in my always-cluttered bags.

My only wish: that they came in some nicer colors (robin's egg blue? saffron yellow-orange?).
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I bought this micro pen...
May 11, 2012
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I bought this micro pen to clip to my buncobon notebook, both of which live in whatever handbag I'm using. It has surprising heft for such a small pen, and the metal components give it a great, quality feel in the hand. As for writing -- it's one of the smoothest, most reliable ball points I use, and a new favorite. All this, and goldfish too! What's not to love?
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I love this pen, with...
June 22, 2010
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I love this pen, with its extra fine nib, especially on very smooth, high quality paper. Unfortunately, mine has developed a persistent leak where the nib is inserted into the body. I'll order another, but I'm a little disappointed in the quality. Then again, I've crammed this pen into an over-stuffed bag and taken it on several flights, and it may not have been designed for that kind of abuse.
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