Friday, May 3, 2013

@TWSBI Diamond 540 & 580: What I Like About You

The TWSBI 540 versus 580 that is. There are a few changes in the TWSBI 580 over the 540 model. They're pretty aesthetically minor. Most people probably wouldn't notice them at first glance. After really observing them, I think I prefer some aspects of the 540. But then I start to think I prefer some things on the 580. So I solved this by having both. If you're curious about my insanities (surely you are), here they are.

The FPGeeks have a post about the differences between the two bodies. My post here is for me to tell you which pen I like better for what reason!

Between the two bodies, they look pretty similar. I think they're both quite attractive still, don't you? Yes. Of course you do. Now you want them both, don't you? Looking at them like this, I tend to like the look of the 540 better.
TWSBI Diamond 540 & 580
Top: TWSBI Diamond 540 clear body. Bottom: TWSBI Diamond 580 clear body.
Uncapped, you can see the TWSBI Diamond 580 has a metal ring added to the nib unit. This is supposed to help alleviate the cracking issue. I like the metal ring added to the 580 here. It gives it a more solid look.
TWSBI Diamond 540 & 580
Top: TWSBI Diamond 540 clear body. Bottom: TWSBI Diamond 580 clear body.

At the back of the pens, the metal plate inside the 540 was removed. It was replaced with a thicker ring on the outside of the body. I think this makes the end of the pen look very short so I don't like it very much, but it does match the pen well so it's easy to overlook. It's certainly not a reason not to buy the pen!
TWSBI Diamond 540 & 580
Top: TWSBI Diamond 540 clear body. Bottom: TWSBI Diamond 580 clear body.
The other difference is in the shape of the clip. It's hard to see with the reflections but if you loo closely, you can see that the clip of the 580 is more faceted whereas the 540 clip is rounded. I prefer the clip of the 580.
TWSBI Diamond 540 & 580
Top: TWSBI Diamond 540 clear body. Bottom: TWSBI Diamond 580 clear body.
In conclusion, and quite simply, you can see why I needed both pens, right?


Alexi said...

I personally prefer the aesthetics of the 540, especially the grip section where it flares towards the nib. The 580 feels skinnier when writing because of the metal ring. The difference is slight but noticeable.

Jackie Parkins said...

Of course you need both pens - why would any sane person even question that?

Bonnie Jean Woolger said...

You are a lucky girl to have both. What is not to love about a twsbi pen :)

Azizah Asgarali said...

Agreed, I am lucky :) .. Now I need a Mini to .. um.. compare... you know.. for research purposes..

Azizah Asgarali said...

Of course. Sane people shouldn't be here anyway.

Azizah Asgarali said...

Interesting! I will pay closer attention to this - I change my grip on pens often so I probably wouldn't have noticed unless I was looking for it so I'll pay attention. Thanks for pointing it out!

Randy Schwartz said...

To me, there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two. Before I'd upgrade my 540 to a 580, I'd definitely go for a Mini with a broad or stub nib--which, Azizah, you must do before the month is out. You know it is in your heart to do so. Once you do, you will liberate the rest of us loonies to do likewise.

Kayte B said...

SQUEEEE! Mine's coming tomorrow! (I hope). If not, I might just have to throw a chair at the wall. . .

Azizah Asgarali said...

WOOOOOO! I hope it gets there!! Because it would just be torture to have to wait until Monday :|

Azizah Asgarali said...

LOL but there ARE differences! But you're right, they really are minor. I do agree, I need a Mini. Kevin disagrees with me. But I need one. They're so cute and I need cute pens.

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