Body Material: Plastic/Aluminum
Length (capped): 143.0 mm/5.63''
Length (uncapped nib-end): 130.2 mm/5.12''
Length (posted): N/A
Barrel Diameter: 12.3 mm/0.48''
Section Diameter: 9.4 - 10.9 mm/0.37'' - 0.43''
Nib material: Steel
Weight (all): 32 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 22 g
Fill type: Piston-filler
Price: € 69,00
Where to buy: La Couronne du Comte
I'm not really a fan of packaging, but I think TWSBI nails it with theirs. The cardboard box has the TWSBI logo printed on the top. Inside, a clear plastic case is foam-padded and houses the pen. There is a user guide included on top the case. The case is taped shut. After one battles with the tape, the lid can be removed. Then pen sits on a small display stand within the case. Next to it, underneath the white part, TWSBI includes a wrench and liquid grease for you to maintain the pen yourself.
I've had some iffy experiences with TWSBI but I cannot say this is not a pretty pen. The pen is clear, round, and has fairly flat, rounded ends. The finial is slightly raised and has the TWSBI logo in it. The shiny metal around it really highlights the red of the logo. The clip is simple and unmarked - it is nice and long, which I like. The center band is on the end of the cap; it is wide, with two grooves running around it. In between these, TWSBI Diamond 580 Taiwan is etched in the metal. Tidy, tasteful. The cap is clear, round, and has a grey inner cap that is a little clear still, so at least you can see your nib. While I usually dislike these inner sleeves because they often are solid and conceal the nib on clear pens, this one doesn't look terrible.
The steel nib is a FINE. Yep. And I actually like it! It has a single slit and breather hole. It is engraved with the TWSBI logo, TWSBI, F, and some flourishes.
The clip is snug but springy, so it is actually pleasant to use.
The section is smooth, but the shape isn't my favorite. I ended up gripping the ridge right at the end, and that hurt a little. The threads at the back of the section are a little sharp, but not horribly so - easy enough to ignore.
The purple portion of the section rotated easily, which was noticeable during longer writing sessions, as I kept rotating the pen to readjust my grip. Not a big deal, but I occasionally had to tighten it.
I've had some negative TWSBI experiences prior to this (cracking on multiple pens, flow issues), so I was a bit apprehensive about trying another one. I'm really happy to have had this opportunity though because I'm pleased with the experience so far. I really like the 580 model, and the AL colors are a lot of fun. The packaging appeals to me as much as packaging can, it's a lot of bang for your buck, and so far, no cracking. Presumably, this new material has resolved this issue? I hope so, because I really enjoy this model.
I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. No affiliate links.