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The Crazy TWSBI Micarta Experiment

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Since I converted my Edison Pearlette into an eyedropper, I’ve been interested in converting my TWSBI Micarta too. It has a huge barrel and looks like it can handle some experimentation. Of course I have my concerns, like whether the barrel will absorb the ink or if the material is too porous to be a good eyedropper. Anyway, if you’re curious about how the TWSBI Micarta eyedropper conversion will go, read the updates here.

#FPOTD: TWSBI Micarta. Again.

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I’ve been limiting myself to only two pens every two days so that my journal doesn’t look so…psychedelic with the wide variety of inks I’ve been using. Today I’m using my TWSBI Micarta with the medium cursive italic nib custom-ground by Pentangeli. I’ve been rotating this pen with other pens this past few weeks because I just cannot be without it yet. So this coming couple of days, it’ll be TWSBI Micarta and Pelikan M200, although I’ve yet to use my Pelikan.

I inked this pen with Sailor Blue Black, and almost had a cow when I saw that the darned ink stained my pen’s section. I’ve used several inks on this pen but it’s never stained before. This one was particularly stubborn. I got a wet tissue and vigorously rubbed it for a few minutes before the stain finally came off. Ugh. I like the blue color, though.

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”

FPOTD: TWSBI Micarta with Medium Cursive Italic

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I wrote about the TWSBI Micarta being my first pen that I sent in to a local nibmeister (Pentangeli) for a custom grind. I’m really happy with it and after inking it with a very bright Apache Sunset, I decided to try it with Edelstein Amber, which has always been quite a dry ink for me. The result is a very pleasant combination. The ink looks almost like caramel on paper. 🙂

My First Cursive Italic Nib

I’ve only started using fountain pens this year, and at first I struggled with how the lines are not as fine as ballpoint pens. My first FP purchase was a Lamy Safari (charcoal black, fine nib) and of course the nib felt too wide for me, and it feathered and bled through like crazy on the journal I was using back then.

I learned gradually that I should use fountain-pen friendly paper. Good paper + good nibs + gorgeous ink = happiness. I discovered that I preferred medium nibs because it shows the shading of ink easier than fine nibs. It allowed me to appreciate the beauty of inks generously laid down on paper.

Then I came across people talking about other kinds of nibs, like cursive italics, left oblique, music nibs, etcetera. I got curious about cursive italic nibs since I tried a 1.1 italic Lamy  nib. So when I got my TWSBI Micarta, I decided that I’ll convert that pretty basic medium nib to a cursive italic through Pentangeli. JP was kind enough to accommodate me and finished the regrind in a week. He loaded the ink with Pelikan brown, which of course I promptly used up because when I tried that nib that he did for me, I was hooked.

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It offers a more dramatic line variation than the 1.1 italic Lamy nib that I tried, and though I don’t write in cursive too much, it fits my current penmanship well.

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To be honest, before I started using fountain pens again, my handwriting had deteriorated to an almost indiscernible scrawl. I’ve only just begun to rediscover the pleasure of taking the time to thoughtfully form the letters that you’re writing. I’m happy to say that my handwriting is gradually going back to how it used to be back when I was in college, which is readable even if it is quite boring.  Continue reading “My First Cursive Italic Nib”

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”

Today’s haul: TWSBI Micarta and Two New Ink Bottles

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A trip to Scribe almost always end up the same way; with a haul, big or small. Haha. Today’s haul is awesome, though, because I’ve been waiting for this pen since I ordered it back in late August–the TWSBI Micarta. I ordered one with a clip and medium nib, but I decided that the clipless pen looked better.

I also bought a small bottle of Bleu Myosotis and Cafe Des Iles. It’s always better to buy smaller bottles first so you can see if you like them before you buy big ones. Of course I inked the TWSBI Micarta with Cafe Des Iles, because who doesn’t match their ink with their pens, right? 😀

Reviews coming soon, of course. 🙂

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