Why am I so in love with my Mini Twisbi? I am sure that the largest part of it is the stub 1.1 nib– although that came later so that can’t be the full story. I liked it the minute I purchased it. It was a Frankenpen. I bought it at a brick and mortar store and the nib was a medium. I wanted a fine and the proprietor simply swapped out the nib unit with one from a black Mini. So, my clear Mini had a mini Classic section which is black. Didn’t dampen my love by one smidgeon. Compared to my Lamy’s, it felt like a dream pen. It was small and cute and wrote wonderfully.
The fine nib hit a sweet spot for me. Not as hairline fine as my Japanese pens but nowhere near as clunky fine as my Lamy’s. Sweet indeed.
I did not appreciate the piston filler. Mine is quite balky and difficult to use. I know I am supposed to take it apart and make it work. I think it even comes with the tools and illustrations to do it. Someday I will. My Twisbi skips from time to time. And posting it is a royal pain in the butt. You have to line the threads up properly in order to end up with the clip and nib aligned. Laborious. I never post it anymore and it turned me from a poster to a non poster. That is how much I loved this pen.
Even though, all in all, it sounds like a pen to dislike.
But I didn’t and don’t. And when I decided to try a stub nibin it, that was when the penny dropped, as did my jaw, and I was hooked. Line and sinker. All the way. Not only did my stub nib come with the clear section (rehabilitating my Frankenpen), it came with a super magical ability to make my handwriting look uber cool. For reasons unknown, I write far more consistently with this stub. It is one of the only pens I own where I can say I like the look of my cursive writing. And that makes its value beyond pricing.
It is possible to love too much. And it is possible to document how love can make you blind.
My original intentions were to buy a second mini Twisbi, itching a scratch for try a stub nib (and not fully acknowledging the scratch of an incipient addict who needs another pen). The brick and mortar proprietor talked me into just buying the stub, sagely noting it is very easy to switch out the nibs and I should check out the stub before buying another Mini. They even offered to me just a body for the stub nib if I decided I definitely wanted two. I decided to buy a different Twisbi. First mistake.
At this point, the Eco had come out and was getting rave reviews but I could not buy it. I went to the store to buy it and could not pull the trigger. The plastic finial was an absolute show stopper. I get that this pen is priced super cheap. But the mini is not that expensive. And the finial is actually gorgeous. I just could not buy the Eco. I had lusted after a green 580 aluminum. At this time they did not have all of the colours now available. There was green and orange. And I wanted that green. Sadly, though, I had just killed my orange Sailor Regulus. I felt I had to get the orange in memoriam. And I did. At a brick and mortar store. So I bought a 580 AL orange and paid a little more to get a stub nib in it.
I ignored the size (it is ginormous compared to the Mini). Got it home. Inked it up. And was shocked and appalled at the Niagara Falls of ink that gushed from it. Gushed! I could not write a legible word with it unless it was inch high lettering. I changed the ink. The stream continued. With a sinking heart I got out my Mini and compared the nibs. Well, duh! How stupid can you get? The Mini stub was significantly tinier than the 580 AL stub. No kidding. I had been so freaking in love with my Mini stub I didn’t even try the 580 stub in the store.
I had to go back and buy a fine nib for the 580 AL. And even then I should have probably opted for the extra fine. On the plus side, the fine is a medium in my mind and it is a good office pen. But I have to confess, at the end of the day I ended up with a pen in a colour I didn’t want with two nibs I don’t really like. At least I don’t have to fret about posting this monster. It is like a yardstick posted.