Welcome back to Odds & Ends!

Tonight I’ll be taking a quick look at the TWSBI Classic, a pen that is less popular, yet (at least for me), stands out from the crowd. (Next Wednesday will be another giveaway, promise!)

Impressions

This is my “grail pen”. This is the one that I have had my eyes on ever since I trod down this strange road. The reason this particular pen caught my eye was because it was reminiscent of the pen my grandfather gave me a couple years ago. It was a Osmiroid in burgundy and had an inkviewer, something I’ve never seen on a pen before. It had a stub nib, perhaps a 1.5mm and wrote like a charm, albeit a bit scratchy. That pen is now in retirement as every time I bring it out to use it, something goes wrong with it, and I have put it away until a big occasion.

I desperately wanted to find a similar pen, and came across the TWSBI Classic in a burgundy, but when I decided it was finally time to invest in a serious pen, I wanted to add my own flavour to it, so I got it in black. Sporting a 1.1mm stub, this writer has been the ultimate writing experience for me. Only recently, the white TWSBI Classic came out, and I thought I would get myself a little something before I started releasing my work publicly.

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White TWSBI Classic with 1.1mm Stub, Filled with Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo (Moonlight), my favourite combination

 

Details & Behaviour

The barrel itself has a hexagonal shape that may appeal to some, and for me, it truly does. It adds just a subtle touch to set it even further apart from other modern pens which are usually cylindrical, though the Lamy Safari would beg to differ.

The finial, or the emblem at the point of the cap is striking with a blood orange/red colour with the TWSBI logo. I am not the biggest fan of TWSBI keeping to only one colour of fineal on their pens, but many consider it to be a staple. (I will do a tutorial of how to customize this finial soon, as I ordered a spare cap to experiment with. Look away, non DIYers!)

Some say that it writes a little dry and scratchy, but I have found that to not be the case at all. An incredibly smooth writer that pours the ink, though there is no flex to be found whatsoever as it is a steel nib.

The filling system is a piston filler, which sucks up ink via the end of the pen with a twisting motion making it an incredibly interesting and convenient way to fill up ink.

I have found a flaw, however. There does, like many have reported, seem to be the occasional leakage from the ink window, but personally I have found it was because ink gets trapped in a clean-able part when filling up, so a quick clean under this part has posed no more leaking issues for me.

Variations & Prices

You can find these pens in Black, Blue, Burgundy, and two special edition colours for this year: Light Teal and White. The pens come with either a Extra-fine, Fine, Medium or 1.1mm Stub nib.

You can expect the price to be around $70-75CDN and $50-55USD

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The Verdict: Excellent!

✧ These earn 4.5/5 Stars! ✧

(My grail pen!)

Pros:

  • Comes in a decent variety of nib selections, including 1.1mm stub
  • Inkviewer
  • Piston filler
  • Comes in four unique colours
  • Unique contender

Cons:

  • Some have reported cracked/leaking inkviewers
  • No flex

I highly recommend this pen, especially for those of you seeking a more “classic” design to a fountain pen. With an inkviewer and piston filler, you can’t go wrong!

 

See everyone the following Wednesday, for another Sayer Teller’s Odds & Ends!

 

Sayer’s Tips & Tricks

The best way to store a fountain pen is the nib facing up, that way you’ll expect less inky surprises when you open up the cap! Also, always remember to either completely fill your pen with as little air as possible or eject all ink before going on a flight to avoid decompression disasters.