It’s been a few months since I first bought my first TWSBI, and I wrote about how my TWSBI Diamond 580 gave me my first truly pleasurable writing experience with a fountain pen, leading me to take my new-found hobby more seriously.
Sometime back in August, one of my new FP-collecting pals informed me that Scribe Writing Essentials will be selling some TWSBI Micartas soon and that they were accepting reservations. I Googled what a TWSBI Micarta looked like and it was definitely love at first sight. I went to Scribe, placed my order for an 805 (the version with the gold-plated clip on the cap) with a broad nib and waited. A couple of months after, I finally got the text I’ve been waiting for. The TWSBI Micarta has finally arrived.
This pen is even more gorgeous in person. I ordered the 805 but I decided that I liked the clipless version (803) a lot more, so I changed my purchase to that, with a medium nib.
The minimalist design of the pen reminds me of the form factor of some Japanese pens that I like.
The TWSBI Micarta is really quite beautiful, and (for the lack of a better word to describe it) kind of zen. Someday, I hope to acquire a Nakaya in an urushi finish, but for now this is the best that I can afford. I must say that TWSBI did a good job of coming up with a well-designed pen and keeping it within a good price point.
The TWSBI Micarta has been discontinued, however, and retailers are just selling the last remaining pieces available. Aside from difficulties producing this pen within a budget, the first iterations of the TWSBI Micarta was plagued with several issues. Many customers complained of hard-starting, pens not writing at all unless they are tuned, ink drying up even when capped, etcetera. It’s a good thing the issues were addressed in the second version of the pen. I’m just sad that it’s being discontinued now.
The pen I got from scribe came with an awesome TWSBI notebook with a rectangular cut-off along the spine that fits the pen perfectly. So essentially, the notebook is the pen’s box. Continue reading “Review: TWSBI Micarta 803, Medium”