Pen Love, Paper Passion


I’ve recently become a huge fan of TWSBI pens.  Over the last 6 months I’ve purchased three:

  • The Diamond 580 Silverwp-1470708849430.jpg
  • The Diamond Mini Classicwp-1470709011275.jpg
  • The Vac Miniwp-1470709023930.jpg

The Diamond Mini and the Diamond 580 are piston fillers, which I really love.  They hold so much ink!  The Vac Mini is a vacuum filler.  I really wanted to love it, too, but I don’t.  It holds as much ink as the other two pens but, while I LOVE the fine nib, I don’t like how much condensation there is in the end of the pen and I don’t like that I have to twist it open every time I want to write.  That, unfortunately, is one of the features of a vacuum pen!  I guess that means that it just isn’t for me.

I’ve been trying to figure out the advantage of a vacuum filler over a piston filler, and the only one I can really come up with is that a vacuum filler can withstand changes in pressure without leaking better than a piston filler.  That is important for people who fly a great deal, but not really a concern for me (more’s the pity).  I’m glad I tried the vac mini, but my go-to is shaking out to be the mini classic.

wp-1470761258580.jpgMy other recent purchase is a Midori Traveler’s Notebook (passport size), and I L-O-V-E it!  It’s so cute, and so stashable, and yet so usable!  It comes with a little cotton bag that protects the leather from wear.  Mine also came with an unlined Midori refill notebook.  I purchased two additional grid notebooks and a pocket insert.  It’s really easy to swap out  refills.

Midori notebook paper is really nice to write on if you’re a fountain pen user–it’s smooth and doesn’t bleed through.  Up until now I’ve been a Molskine fan, but I’m definitely converting to Midori!

UPDATE (2016-11-21):  I continued to have issues with the mini-vac — the most serious of which was that, no matter how loosely I tightened the end, it would always be so tight that I couldn’t unscrew it when I wanted to write.  I was getting pretty frustrated with it and then the end of the cap snapped off without warning!  I’m not sure what to do with it now.  I cleaned it and put it on a shelf to think about later.  I wonder if I just got a 🍋?