A good friend of mine says that you should always share a blessing. So I will, at least in terms of reviewing a really lovely pen that I acquired some time ago and use a great deal. This is my first TWSBI, my only other experience of the brand is using a TWSBI mini a friend of mine owns and likes very much. I wanted to do a review of this pen for three reasons. First, it’s a great pen. A pen that is relatively inexpensive and yet is beautiful. Second, it’s a pen of great quality, and a piston filler that retails new for less than £50! Third, I wanted to review this because I bought this ‘pre-owned’ and in my judgement I got a real bargain!
Description: This is the clear demonstrator version which is nice. I got it with an F nib, which is my preference for general writing. This pen is great in the hand . It feels very solid indeed. The barrel is faceted and the whole pen is finished nicely. with chrome fittings The cap has a bright red TWSBI branded finial which adds a splash of colour. The cap has a substantial clip and a chrome ring which s branded with the make and model of the pen.
Dimensions: The 580 is 142mm (5.6″) long when capped, and 130mm (5.12″) uncapped. The barrel is 13mm wide at its widest point and the section is 25mm long. I didn’t measure the posted length as I consider this pen practically unpostable. It does post but in my opinion it’s not a workable way of using this pen.
On Test: The first thing I did with this pen was to flush and then fill it. The piston filler worked perfectly. I filled the pen up with Rohrer & Klingner Solferino, because I thought that I would like seeing this very colourful ink sloshing around in the barrel, and indeed I did. There is a great deal of satisfaction using a clear demonstrator pen. Now I don’t think that all pens are the same here. I think to be a good demonstrator the pen needs to have that something extra, something that makes it stand out from the ordinary. This pen has that in its look, the faceted barrel and the piston filling system.
In use the F nib writes well. It writes very smoothly, although the line is not the finest I’ve ever seen. It writes consistently with no hard starts or missed letters at all. It promises to be a great every day pen.
Buying pre-owned: As I stated at the beginning, this was a pre-owned pen. I wanted to say a little about buying pre-owned. First, is that this is a great option, it can save you money for a start. The only note of caution I would add is that as with anything pre-owned, particularly stuff via places like Ebay, the usual ‘caveat emptor’ applies (buyer beware). I got this pen from a fellow pen enthusiast who I’ve got to know a little and it was in mint condition. If you don’t know the vendor, I would counsel you to ask as many questions about the pen before yo buy it especially if you’re spending serious money. Remember if a deal sounds too good to be true from someone yo don’t know then it probably is!
Summary: The virtues of this pen are well recorded in many other reviews that you can find on the web. so I won’t simply repeat what others have already said. I would add my own recommendation to prospective buyers of this pen. Even at full price in the UK I think this would be a bargain. It’s a clear winner!