TWSBI GO

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.

TwsbiGoPackaging

TwsbiGoPackaging

 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.

TwsbiGoPackaging

TwsbiGoPackaging

 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.

TwsbiGoPackaging

TwsbiGoPackaging

TwsbiGoPackaging

TwsbiGoPackaging

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.

Bic vs TWSBI Go

Bic vs TWSBI Go capped

Bic vs Go posted

Bic vs Go posted

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.

Kaweco Vs Go

Kaweco unposted Vs Go unposted

Kaweco Vs Go

Kaweco posted Vs Go unposted

Kaweco Vs Go

Kaweco Vs Go – both posted

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.

Cap Detail

Cap Detail

Go Cap Detail

Go Cap Detail

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.

TWSBI Go dismantled

TWSBI Go dismantled

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.

TWSBI GO Nib and Grip

TWSBI GO Nib and Grip

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.

Lanyard loop

Lanyard loop

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.

1.1mm stub

1.1mm stub

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.

Emeralds Of Chivor

Emeralds Of Chivor

You can get your TWSBI pen here: Write Gear

Which TWSBI is your favorite?

M

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Kaweco Sport – White and Gold

I must say, I’ve been wanting a Kaweco Sport for a while now, but I specifically wanted a BB nib. And the specific combo I wanted wasn’t available so I waited.

Kaweco Sport Cap Detail

Now in general anything from a M up just doesn’t do it for me with regards to everyday writing, so why the very abnormal obsession with BB?

Kaweco Sport Capped

Well, my favorite ink of all time is J Herbin Stormy Grey. And yes, it works perfectly fine in a M or B but I really like creating page patterns with this ink. A BB nib will fill it out the coloured areas quickly, and is the only standard sold nib size missing from my current collection. Also I had this idea in my head of the perfect ink, pen, nib and pocket journal combo.

Writing Sample

So I present to you the most perfectly matchy travel combo of all time: The white and gold Kaweco Sport, with a BB nib, filled with JHerbin Stormy Grey used with the TWSBI A6 pocket journal.

Kaweco Sport and TWSBI A6 notebook

But back to the pen. I got my pen at Hobby-X expo in Joburg, my main reason for going was that Write Gear decided to do a pop up stand. This was my chance to drool over all the perddddy, and finally get my hands on that elusive BB nib.

Now I must apologize, the pen packaging got into an altercation with an apparently “empty” cup of coffee… unfortunately the coffee won. So I don’t have a photo available, but the pen comes in a basic black slimline box with white Kaweco prints all over it. The pen is simply wrapped in a protective plastic wrap that has a sticker with a barcode.

The pen itself comes assembled with a single blue cartridge inside. Now my initial plan was to turn this pen into a drop filler, but once I got home I realized my O rings were to big for the actual pen. I just went ahead, used some silicone grease and filled it anyway, but getting a mini converter just seems safer.

The design of the pen is modern an classic at the same time, while the octagonal cap provides an anti-roll function which I find very useful.

Kaweco Sport VS Bic

The pen is travel friendly when closed, but posts to a comfortable almost full sized pen. This nib does give me a few hard starts and skips, but as a disclaimer, I did purchase the only BB nib that was available and it happened to be a demo nib at the show. Also the fact that i’m using a shimmer ink probably doesn’t help. Other then that it writes like butter, its amazing.

The other thing I regret not getting is the clip attachment. I honestly thought it would be more in the way then anything else, but walking around, it would be much more convenient if I just clipped it onto my notebook.

Kaweco Sport VS Bic

All in all I’m very happy with this pen, and it will be my official shimmer ink pen going forward. My TWSBI Diamond 580 is still my favorite everyday pen by far, but as an affordable travel pen – this is highly recommended.

Lastly I just want to give a big thank you to Write Gear, I know I defiantly was not their easiest customer, so thank you for being so accommodating. Meeting you guys, was amazing and getting
to see all the stock was defiantly the highlight of the expo.

Write Gear Booth

As always this pen, but not this nib can be found at Write Gear

Word of the day:

Brobdingnagian

 

M.

Lamy Dark Lilac

This pen is so unique! I must say the for the last three years the Special Edition Safari’s have been on fire!! Loved the neons they did, and now they’ve completely switched it up with a matte, black trimmed, vampy purple.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

I’m never sure if i’m going to buy the Special Edition every year, there are a few reasons for this. Firstly the design is always the same, the colour simply changes. Secondly the colours that were released before the neons, to me, weren’t all that unique. And before the these pens where available on Write Gear, the only nib size available was a medium – which meant the writing experience would be identical. So I was never quite convinced of its “Specialness”, but seriously – the last three years have been on point. At least in my opinion.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

This pen must be one of the most talked about Safari’s Lamy has every released. It’s purple, which to my knowledge has never been done but has constantly been asked for… So i’m pretty sure most people would have been very happy with a purple in the standard glossy finish and stainless steel trim. And if that had been the case, the chances of me buying it would have immediately halved. Thankfully Lamy had different ideas, and the results are incredible.

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Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

The pen comes in the standard faded black cardboard box, with the Lamy logo neatly printed dead centre in silver, and the multiple cut-outs providing a sneak peak of the pen. It also has the standard cardboard insert which the pen clips onto but that’s about it for the packaging. Bold, functional and minimalistic.

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Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

The finish on this pen is matte, and as a result of that it has a very fine textured feel to it. This actually means that the pen is even more comfortable then the glossy Safari’s. It comes with a standard blue cartridge, and the traditional cardboard ring to prevent the cartridge from accidentally piercing.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

I bough mine from Write Gear, so I also received a dark lilac cartridge and was able to choose my nib size(seriously one of the best features ever). I finally decided to give the bold nib a try, and as you can see the black trim goes perfectly with the purple of this pen, giving it a slightly stealthy vibe.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

You can also purchase a Lamy Z24 converter for the Safari so you aren’t limited to the proprietary cartridges Lamy sells. This converter has a plastic dots on the sides, that fit perfectly into the notches on the pen.

Lamy Z24 Converter

Lamy Z24 Converter

Which is really cool, as it acts as an additional measure to keep your converter snugly in place.

Lamy Z24 Converter

Lamy Z24 Converter

Some days I feel like matching the ink to my pen, but today was not one of those days. Instead inked it up with Diamine Soft Mint, and no surprise it wrote smoothly right off the bat.

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

And then I just started taking a lot of photo’s…..

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

If you interested in getting one for yourself, you can find it here: Lamy Limited Edition: Dark Lilac

M.

TWSBI 580 Demonstrator

So i’v wanted a TWSBI for a while now – and I was really undecided about the mini, 580 or perhaps do a special order for the black and rose gold. After reading lots and lots of reviews, and on a recommendation I decided to stick with the original demonstrator.

And just look how pretty! (emogi with heart eyes goes here)

TWSBI Barrel Inked

TWSBI Barrel Inked

The pen comes in a very simple cardboard box, with only the TWSBI logo. No model name anywhere in sight.

TWSBI Brown Box

TWSBI Brown Box

 

Inside said box the first this you see is the manual and underneath the manual is a clear rounded rectangle box with the pen on proud display.

Open TWSBI Box

Open TWSBI Box

TWSBI Manual

TWSBI Manual

The pen is kept in place by two clips that slide into place, and prevent the pen from rolling around. Underneath the box you have a small bottle of silicon grease, as well as what i’m going to call a spanner/wrench.

TWSBI 580 Clear

TWSBI 580 Clear

TWSBI Box Back

TWSBI Box Back

TWSBI Content

TWSBI Content

Secondly the first thing I had to do was take it apart… 🙂 I basically wanted to see how easily it was to assemble and re-assemble. It turned out to be really easy which is good because it makes it so much faster to clean out.

TWSBI 580 Disassembled

TWSBI 580 Disassembled

This pen looks stunning – and the wow factor goes up even more when inked.

Inked TWSBI 580

Inked TWSBI 580

The nib also has some decorative scrolling and the TWSBI logo in the middle. I ordered the EF nib, and it is smooth with just a touch of feedback. Very similar writing experience to my Edison pen perhaps a touch dryer, and slightly smoother then my EF Lamy. I have a feeling that this may end up becoming my daily writer.

TWSBI 580 Nib Closeup

TWSBI 580 Nib Closeup

This pen is a piston filler – so only bottle ink can be used, which to me is a bonus but then again i’m not a huge fan of cartridges. It also has a rubber o ring near the nib, which with the cap insert acts as an extra seal against evaporation and leaking.

Pros:

Super pretty, smooth nib, easy to clean, easily to take apart and put back together, piston filler and no dry starts as yet. And this is completely me  but I love the fact that the ink does not show in the grip section – it stays visible only in the barrel area. I have a pen where the ink is visible in the grip section, and although I thought it looked awesome when i first got it… now i just find it lacks finesse.

Cons:

When cleaning out my pen, I somehow managed to get water between the cap insert and the cap. Its been there a week, I cant for the life of me get it out. Help?? Getting the piston back into position for maximum ink capacity can also get a bit fiddly.

All in all I can’t recommend this pen enough. As always you can find it in the link below:

TWSBI 580 Demonstrator

On a completely different note – for those of you that love samples, check out this super cute idea for colour coding your bottles by Calvin Was Right 🙂

M

Hoard Update

Okay – I have to put it out there… People who manage to keep a consistent blog going week after week are legends. Unfortunately I’m obviously not one of them, every time I try get back into it life goes hahahahahahahaha if only you knew. :p

For those of you that don’t know TWSBI has just made an appearance on SA! Cannot wait to save enough to get my hands on the clear demonstrator. http://writegear.co.za/product/twsbi-mini-clear/

J.Herbin has just released a new 1970 ink called Emerald of Chivor and I am in love!!! I need this ink – yes that’s right NEED. I have two from the collection Rouge Hematite and Stormy Grey and I absolutely adore them.

You can check the new colour out here:

http://blog.gouletpens.com/2015/06/jherbin-emerald-of-chivor-ink-available.html

Additionally if Write Gear still has samples of Stormy Grey available it is a sunning ink, get it now… This ink is still in one of my pens at all times and I have had it for a few months now. Nothing and I mean nothing beats these inks for doodle wow factor.

The wow factor

The wow factor

http://writegear.co.za/product/j-herbin-stormy-grey-ink-sample/

Without further ado I present you with… THE HOARD:

Inky goodness - Diamine

Inky goodness – Diamine

Diamine: Prussian Blue, Hope Pink, Red Dragon, Majestic Blue, Sherwood Green, Grey, Kelly Green, Imperial Purple, Eclipse, Oxblood

Inky goodness - Noodlers

Inky goodness – Noodlers

Noodlers: Navy, X-Feather, Dragons Napalm, Apache Sunset, Cactus Fruit Eel, Rome Burning, #41 Brown, Polar Green, Qin Shi Huang, Air-Corp Blue Black, Black Swan In Australian Roses (OF)

Inky goodness - Dip

Inky goodness – Dip

Penguin: Green, Violet
China Ink: Black
FW Pearlesceint: Galactic Blue, Bell Bronze, Black, Silver Pearl, Genesis Green
Winsor & Newton: Canary Yellow, Emerald, Deep Red, White

Inky goodness - Various

Inky goodness – Various

Sheaffer: Kings Gold, Green
Lamy: Turquoise
J.Herbin: Rouge Hematite, Stormy Grey
Pelikan: Edelstein Ruby
Parker: Quink Black

Inky goodness - Vials

Inky goodness – Vials

Noodlers: Baystate Blue, Baystate Cape Cod Cranberry, Seqiouna Green, Mata Hari’s Cordial, 54th Massachusetts, Violet, Antietam, Ottoman Azure
Sheaffer: Kings Gold, Blue-Black, Red, Green, Brown, Turquoise
Diamine: Grape, Sargasso Sea, Ancient Copper, Autumn Oak, Chocolate Brown, Pumpkin, Oxblood
Lamy: Red, Blue-Black
J.Herbin: Café de Iles, Vert Olive, Poussiere de Lune, Stormy Grey
Montegrappa: Turquoise, Bordeaux
Mont Blanc: Oyster Grey, Irish Green, Toffee Brown
Pilot: Fuyu-syogun, Yama-budo
Rohrer & Klingner: Scabiosa, Alt-Goldgrun
Pelikan: 4001 Brilliant Black

Inky goodness - Cartridges

Inky goodness – Cartridges

Lamy: Blue, Green, Black, Neon Coral, Violet
Pelikan: Blue, Green, Black, Red
Platinum: Pink, Black
Pilot: Parallel mixables pack
Kaweco: Paradise Blue, Ruby Red, Summer Purple, Caramel Brown

Pens pens, so many pens...

Pens pens, so many pens…

Platinum Preppy: Pink (F), 1 Black Std (F), 1 Black converted to Eyedropper (F)
Lamy Safari: Neon Coral (M)
Lamy Vista: Clear (1.9mm)
Pilot: Metropolitan (M), Parallel (1.5mm, 2.4mm, 3.8mm, 6mm)
Artline Calligraphy Pen: Silver (2.5mm), Gold (2.5mm), Black (1mm, 2mm, 3mm)
Pentel: Color Brush Pen Brown
Sheaffer: VNM (M)
Noodlers: Ahab (Flex), Konrad(Flex), Nib Creaper (Flex), Free Eyedropper (F/M)
Jinhao: X750 (M/B)
Online: No idea what model, but metal model. Have both (F) and (1.4mm) nib units
Dip Pen: Copperplate nib – not offset, Speedball C-0, Speedball C-1, Speedball C-4, Speedball C-3, Speedball C-2, Leonardt -Round- 2
Edison: Edison Nouveau Premiere 2014 Fall Edition

If there is any specific ink you would like reviewed from this hoard – leave me
a comment below. I’ll start with the first request and work my way down.

M

 

Schneider Fountain Pen Review

Hi all 🙂

Today i’m going to review possibly the cheapest fountain pen available in SA. I think the model name is the Schneider Voice – but since this pen is sold off a stand without a box i’m not 100% sure.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The colour and pattern of the pen change based on the shipment, but the nib, grip section and structure remain unchanged. The cap has a gold coloured section with ‘Germany’ engraved into it, while the barrel has a printed gold and silver paisley pattern with ‘Schneider’ and ‘Made In Germany’ printed in black.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The grip section rounded triangular grip similar to the Lamy Safari, but it is rubberized instead of plastic. Again – because the barrel is not round it may prove uncomfortable for people who tend to hold their pens differently then most.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The grade of plastic seem to be the cheaper kind, but I have had it for around three months and there are no cracks or chips. Although there are a few micro scratches in the cap, the printed finish is still perfect. This pen takes standard international cartridges and comes with a blue cartridge in the barrel when you buy it.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The nib looks much less impressive then the Lamy Safari, Pilot Metropolitan or the Sheaffer VFM – but writes surprisingly smooth. My particular pen writes smoother then the Pilot Metropolitan or the Sheaffer VFM and is a touch wetter then the Lamy Safari.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

This pen really impressed me, i’m not sure if I just got lucky – or if all the pens write this smoothly, but for the R 52.95 that I paid for it I was pleasantly surprised. This pen is comfortable to use, the rubberized grip provides a soft grip for extended use.  This pen is also light and the cap can be posted securely for extra length if required.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

Writing Sample.

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

This pen can be found at either showbiz in Cresta or Herbit Evans:

Showbiz Cresta Mall: http://www.crestashoppingcentre.co.za/shop.htm?shopMGID=9355

Herbert Evans: http://herbertevans.co.za/index.php?id=2

M.

Sheaffer VFM

Today I have for you the Sheaffer VFM fountain pen in excessive Red.

This pen comes in a plain white cardboard sleeve, which unfortunately landed in the trash before I realized that I forgot to take a picture. – sorry 😦 Inside the sleeve is this:

Sheaffer packaging

Sheaffer packaging

I like the box – it really shows off the pen straight away, the white section that the pen rests in is a felt finished plastic shell. Underneath the plastic shell is a 1 year warranty along with two standard international cartridges (a black and a blue).

Sheaffer packaging

Sheaffer packaging

The finish in the pen in unique to anything I have seen before, its a matte finish that feels almost soft to the touch. The paint job also has a lot of depth – even though it is matte it seems to have a few scattered shimmer particles underneath the layers. This is not a sparkly pen – it just gives the pen a nice sheen, to the matte finish.

Sheaffer Metal Finish

Sheaffer Metal Finish

The hardware hmmmm, again the hardware is unique – It is neither pure gold or silver in colour, its almost a mixture of both. The clip has the iconic white dot, while the metal ring has Sheaffer engraved all around.

Sheaffer close-up

Sheaffer close-up

Here is a close up of the clip compared to the pure silver nib.

Hardware close-up

Hardware close-up

Again – you do not get a choice of nib, it comes as a medium (M) by default. Sheaffer is engraved onto the nib, along with the nib size. The nib thickness is a touch finer then the Lamy Safari medium. The nib colour is silver as is the metal ring by the grip section.

Sheaffer Nib close-up

Sheaffer Nib close-up

The pen is a bullet design and it is light and thin… so thin in fact that I think that anyone with large hands will not find this pen particularly comfortable unless you quite happy using a basic bic pen. Even so, it’s about 1.5cm shorter then the bic with the cap un-posted.

Sheaffer taken apart

Sheaffer taken apart

The cap can be posted, but its not a tight fit. It will defiantly have to be re-adjusted once in a while.

Sheaffer Pen

Sheaffer Pen

Personally I like this pen, then again I don’t have very big hands so the small size is not really a big factor to me. It write’s wetter, with a slightly thinner line then the Lamy Safari but with more tooth. The nib is not scratchy (at least mine wasn’t – not sure how the quality control is with these pens) , but you can feel the paper.

Sheaffer Writing Sample

Sheaffer Writing Sample

Writing sample close-up

Writing sample close-up

I bought this pen for R137-00 from Waltons online store – currently these pens have been discounted even further. R 122-00 for the red version and R 132-00 for the silver. The way I understand it is, once Waltons runs out of the current stock they won’t be getting more, as it has been discontinued by the supplier. You can  get them here:

Sheaffer VFM Strobe Silver: https://www.waltons.co.za/Item/30269200

Sheaffer VFM Excessive Red: https://www.waltons.co.za/Item/30269500

Weekly Word: rhabdomancy

Any guesses bright sparks?

M.