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Review: TWSBI Micarta Medium Cursive Italic

I already reviewed the TWSBI Micarta 803 with a medium nib back in October, but I had recently had the nib reground to a cursive italic. I thought I would review it again because, honestly, it feels like getting a new pen. I’ll skip all the comments about the appearance and such because I already tackled that in my previous review.

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Suffice it to say that I really like this pen. The way it looks, its weight, its durable material, its girth…I love everything about it. I contacted TWSBI about noticing that the ink dries up faster than what I’m used to and they sent me a new nib and feed assembly. It has since solved that little issue, I’m happy to say. So I thought that if I’m gonna venture to try a specialty nib on my pens, I’d rather try it out with a TWSBI Micarta first. I sent it out to Pentangeli Pen Spa and Nib Works and braced myself to be parted with one of my favorite pens for several weeks. However, the pen was ready in only a week’s time, and when I got it back, I had a little tutorial with JP on how to hold the pen.

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I have to admit that it was a bit hard for me. The first letter of each line was always a challenge, but once I get the sweet spot, I am able to write flawlessly. Unlike round-ended nibs that can be more tolerant of pen rotation, italic nibs are a bit less forgiving. If you don’t hold it at the right angle, it feels scratchy and would sometimes not even write. Hold it at the proper angle, though and it gives your writing some beautiful line variations.  Continue reading “Review: TWSBI Micarta Medium Cursive Italic”

Review: TWSBI Micarta 803, Medium

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ermahgerd! So purrrty!

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.

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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”