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Pen Review – TWSBI Eco

TWSBI Eco - In the Wild
TWSBI Eco – In the Wild

This is the first non Indian pen I am going to review and i hope you all like the review and please leave the comments if you like. This pen actually took almost 4 months to come into my hand. Even though I have TWSBI 580 Al Orange but i was more excited about the ECO. This pen was bought from Frank of FONTOPLUMO. It was booked as soon as it was launched and Frank was kind enough to hold the pen for more than a month and he was even kind enough to hand over the order to a visiting friend (Kapil Apashankar) in Netherlands and i must also mention this that the pen was on hold despite me not making the payment. And in the end I bought not just Eco but lot more pens for myself which will be reviewed here slowly.

Also let me take this opportunity to thank Kapil for taking all the pain of collecting the pens and sending it across to me from Pune.

So this is review about TWSBI ECO.

 

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TWSBI ECO

 

 


 

DESIGN AND BUILT : 04/05

The pen came in a no nonsense plastic box and the pen and the accessories were well packed. I took the white color model. The pen currently comes in two colors: Black and White. However there are certain other colors being proposed by TWSBI on their blog.

It’s a well designed elegant pen and even though it looks chunky when capped. It’s a beautiful pen when inked.

 

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Twsbi Eco – Beauty Shot

 

The barrel is clear acrylic which is again of good quality and is circular instead of faceted design of TWSBI 580 or VAC. The grip section is also clear acrylic and you can see the ink flowing to the feed from barrel to section and feed. I kind of love the demonstrators. They actually take the color of the ink you put in. Looks lovely.

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TWSBI ECO – Capped

The pen is actually one piece from grip section to barrel, only knob being different.

Some people have not like the cap design but for me it’s just okay and carries the design cues from the faceted design of  580 or Vac. The cap and piston knob both have faceted design. All the trims are chrome silver finish and the centre band of the cap has TWSBI and ECO imprinted on the band.

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TWSBI ECO – Cap View

 

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TWSBI ECO – Cap Clip View

 

 

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TWSBI ECO – Cap and Piston Knob – Faceted

 

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TWSBI ECO – Cap Inner View

 

The best thing about the pen is the rubberized O ring at the joint of piston knob and barrel which really helps in secure posting of the Cap. One thing to be noticed here is that apart from the nib and cap clip there is no metal part in the pen. Also like the O ring at the bottom there is one more O ring at the front of barrel which ensures the Cap doesn’t slip of and is securely closed.

Below image shows the pen capped and uncapped for comparison. The pen is just tad smaller than TWSBI 580 when it is capped.

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I love the pen and I believe there is no good quality piston filler demonstrator in this price range.

Below are the few images showing the comparison of the pen with others.

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TWSBI ECO vs Parker Sonnet vs Pelikan M200 Cognac – Capped

 

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TWSBI ECO vs Parker Sonnet vs Pelikan M200 Cognac – Uncapped

 

The pen is similarly prized as Lamy Safari and I believe this is better bet.


 

 

BALANCE : 05/05 

The pen is very well balanced whether the cap is posted at back or not. Its a sizable pen and it is just a tad bit longer than 580 when posted.

The pen posts really well and securely but for me its amazing when writing with cap not posted at back, but thats my personal preference.

The pen is 139 mm when capped and 168 when cap is posted at back.

Below are the images showing the comparison of writing with cap posted and cap unposted.

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TWSBI ECO – Writing Unposted

 

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TWSBI ECO – Writing Posted

 

 


 

 

NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

The pen I am reviewing comes with friction fit 1.1 Stub nib and boy it writes so amazing. Loved the nib and the ink flow. 1.1 Stub gives you a crisp writing with lovely welcome feedback. I love it.

Yes the nib is friction fit and is easily removable. Nib is #5 steel nib and option of EF, F, M, B and 1.1 Stub is available on ECO.

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TWSBI ECO – Nib Unit Side View
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TWSBI ECO – Nib Unit Top View
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TWSBI ECO – Nib Unit Bottom View

 

The ink filling mechanism is via Piston which is the best considered ink filling mechanism. The pen holds almost just less than 2 ml of ink.

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TWSBI ECO – Piston Filling Mechanism

 

The piston knob is easily removable via plastic wrench that is supplied with the pen. There is also silicone grease supplied with the pen.

Below are the images of my handwritten review and the writing sample:

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TWSBI ECO – Handwritten Review – Page 1
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TWSBI ECO – Handwritten Review – Page 2
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TWSBI ECO – Handwritten Review – Page 3

 

CONCLUSION: 

I am totally in love with this pen and the my iroshizuku ink looks stunning with this pen. The pen actually takes any color you want with the ink you put in the pen.

Buy it – thats my advice.

Beautiful quality product at surprisingly low price (25 Euros) with TWSBI lifetime warranty.

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Pen Review – Fosfor Islander

Islander - In the Wild
Islander – In the Wild

Well this particular pen, ISLANDER from Fosfor Pens was love at first site when I actually saw it in person at Delhi Pen Meet. I had seen lot of Islanders in the Wood online but never saw one in polycast resin. And Rishminder was the guy at pen meet who had the pen made out of polycast resin in tri colors of Indian Flag and i must complement Manoj Deshmukh of the wonderfully executed job.

And trust me friends, it was love at first sight. I ordered the pen that very day and waited patiently for 3 weeks while going through the process of selecting colors, clips and bands. It was an amazing experience dealing with him and thus it lead me to ordering few more pens from him.

This review is about Fosfor Islander. (Islander being named because it was first commissioned by a person who lived on an island)


DESIGN & BUILT: 05/05

Where shall i start ? Actually i was speechless when I first saw the pen. It’s such a beauty. It arrived in very nice cardboard package which actually is a nice case for this big pen. The pen box is the only area where the branding is done. and you won’t find the branding anywhere else.

Islander - Glamor Shot
Islander – Glamor Shot

The pen is made of polycast acrylic resin which Manoj Deshmukh of Fosfor pen casts himself and thus you have the flexibility of having the pen in any color mix you want. And I actually wanted something brownish orange with white as a base and Manoj has produced a beauty.

Islander - Close Up
Islander – Close Up

And as far as finish is concerned, I can find not even a single fault. It’s supremely well finished not even a single lathe mark. I can even go to an extent of saying that the pen is the best finished pen of India. The quality of the resin is superb though I beleive that being acrylic it is brittle. So care is needed in that regards. Its an eye-candy for sure.

As far as design is concerned it’s a beautifully designed and executed pen. It’s a straight cylindrical pen with barrel tapering at bottom. The cap top and barrel bottom have soft rounded edges. Below are the few images which might help in design understanding.

Islander - Capped
Islander – Capped
Islander - Uncapped
Islander – Uncapped
Islander - Uncapped
Islander – Uncapped

The cap top and barrel bottom have sublime protrusion i.e. they are raised. Clip is springy and stiff and like the fact the bottom is raised for easy clipping. The band above the clip is above has intricate design and is made of pure Silver.

Islander - Cap top View
Islander – Cap top View
Islander - Cap Side View - Silver Band
Islander – Cap Side View – Intricate Silver Band

Below are the few images of the pen showing comparison with other pens:

Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson's Essential vs Pilot 78G - Capped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Capped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson's Essential vs Pilot 78G - Uncapped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Uncapped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson's Essential vs Pilot 78G - Uncapped - Side View
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Uncapped – Side View

I love this pen and soooo beautiful. And this has taken place in my top 5 pens with steel nibs.


BALANCE: 04/05

It’s a perfectly balanced pen when writing uncapped and unposted. But for me it becomes quite large and uncomfortable when cap is posted at back. Yes the cap posts quite securely.

The pen length is 149 mm when capped and 133 when uncapped.

Below are the images of the pen showing comparative of writing with cap posted and unposted.

Islander - Writing Unposted
Islander – Writing Unposted
Islander - Writing Posted
Islander – Writing Posted

Since its a long pen I don’t think there is no need of posting cap.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

There were lot of nib options like JoWo, Schmidt and Ambitious and I opted for Schmidt silver monotone #6 Medium nib which is tried and tested.

Islander - Nib angled view
Islander – Nib unit angled view
Islander - Nib unit top view
Islander – Nib unit top view
Islander - Nib unit side view
Islander – Nib unit side view
Islander - Nib unit bottom view
Islander – Nib unit bottom view

The ink filling mechanism is via converter and cartridge mechanism. It can also be used as eyedropper.

Islander - Cartridge Filling Mechanism
Islander – Cartridge Filling Mechanism
Islander - Can be used as eyedropper
Islander – Can be used as eyedropper showing inner side of cap at top and barrel bottom

This pen writes beautifully and writes wet and is perfect for shading inks. Below are the few images which shows the handwritten review along with test of wetness and line variation.

Islander Review - Page 1
Islander Review – Page 1
Islander Review - Page 2
Islander Review – Page 2
Islander Review - Page 3
Islander Review – Page 3

CONCLUSION:

This pen is available starting from 70 USD. And is available in different materials like wood, ebonite, acrylic resin.

It is my top favorite pen. No.1 in my top favorite followed closely by Ranga Model 4C. Just to tell you all that this is completely handmade pen. Kudos to Mr. Deshmukh. Thank you.