I’m a tad late on this review, so lets jump straight in shall we?
The TWSBI GO is packaged so beautifully and simplistically, it would feel quite comfortable sitting on a shelf in the apple store.
The simple cardboard sleeve only has the TWSBI logo printed on the front, and houses a slimline plastic case with the TWSBI name debossed into the plastic.
The plastic case has a sticker seal on each side, and once opened the pen is displayed dead center. The only other item in the box is a small instruction leaflet.
I don’t consider the TWSBI GO a beauty, my first thought when I held it in my hand was “I feel like a two year old”. Like when you see a young child’s hand clutching a crayon that looks giant in their tiny hands.
It.is.a.FAT.pen – at least for me.
I compared the TWSBI GO to a Bic pen, and the Kaweco Sport since most people own a Bic, and the Kaweco is a popular pocket pen.
Another thing i’m not that excited about is the plastic that the pen is made from, this gets a solid “Eh” from me. This is the basic run of the mill plastic shell, with an even cheaper looking plastic grip section. But for the price it’s to be expected, and they did add some good details to the cap.
That being said, I adore the fill mechanism – its exceptionally quick to fill and incredibly easy to clean out. While the pens looks may not be my favorite, the fill mechanism defiantly is.
The plastic is translucent which means you can see both the fill mechanism, as well as your ink level – a very useful thing to see, especially since I chose the 1.1mm stub.
The grip section has a very similar triangular grip to the Lamy Safari, and although I know this may bother some people I find it very comfortable.
The cap is a click on/off cap with a lanyard loop and a seal inside to prevent your nib from trying out. Love the seal, love the click cap, but am very confused about the lanyard loop. Who here has ever went out and actually bought a lanyard for themselves? I have one, because it was being given away at a expo – I have never actually used it though – and I doubt I ever will.
Lastly the nib, and it is good. I inked it up with J.Herbin Emeralds Of Chivor. And just look at it! Looks! It writes with the same quality as my Diamond 580, is smooth with no hard starts, beautiful flow and I honestly can’t fault it at all.
So all in all would i recommend this pen? I would say depends on your budget and what you already own.
Already own a TWSBI 580 (or any other TWSBI twist piston mechanism)?:
* Get the Twsbi GO. The fill mechanism is fun and quick to use, and brings a different more relaxed fountain pen experience. (IMO)
Don’t own a TWSBI at all?:
* Get the Eco – from the reviews I’ve seen and recommendations I have heard – I would
say rather save the extra and go for that one. It has a much classier look and I feel without the price tag of the Diamond 580. (Again IMO)
It’s a fun pen which is destined to the land of shimmer inks and calligraphy pages, and i’m
pretty sure its gonna love it there.
You can get your TWSBI pen here: Write Gear
Which TWSBI is your favorite?