The TWSBI Vac700R—Boring Title, Great Pen

So, you can probably stop reading there then... the TWSBI Vac700R is yet another great intermediate pen from TWSBI. But... I hear you ask, or would if this wasn't a blog with no sound, and you were really that engaged... just what is it like to write with? How does it compare to the Diamond … Continue reading The TWSBI Vac700R—Boring Title, Great Pen

TWSBI Diamond 580AL—Silver And Rose

Wayyy back in the sunny days of July last year, before the Ontario winter and the snow, when I could still see the land around our house, the garden furniture, and even the lake come to think of it, I wrote a review of the TWSBI Diamond 580AL in turquoise, with a steel 1.1mm nib. … Continue reading TWSBI Diamond 580AL—Silver And Rose

Of Lamy Aions and Stub Nibs, or, How to Ruin a Great Pen

So, a few weeks ago, I wrote a review of my two new Lamy Aion fountain pens, in Olivesilver and black aluminium. They're great pens, and have been in daily use ever since I picked them up. But I was fascinated by the ease of swapping out, and availability of, different nibs for these pens. … Continue reading Of Lamy Aions and Stub Nibs, or, How to Ruin a Great Pen


TWSBI is the brand name of the Taiwanese firm Ta Shin Precision, a company that have had a history as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer), producing goods for other brand names. According to their web site, the name TWSBI is a (rather convoluted) amalgam of the Chinese phrases for Hall of Three Cultures, and writing instruments, … Continue reading TWSBI Eco

Edison Collier in Burnished Gold

By this stage of my hunt for the perfect fountain pen, I was building up a picture of what I liked to write with... the Cross twins had poor nibs, but were a nice size; the Platinum 3776 Century was highly attractive to me—black and gold, understated elegance, and a beautiful nib, that was just … Continue reading Edison Collier in Burnished Gold