TWSBI Vac 700 Review
Perhaps the biggest surprise that accompanies a new pen buyer searching for a writing instrument is the one that arrives upon seeing the price. It’s no longer shocking to see gold-nibbed piston fillers go for north of $500, and even comparably budget pens are starting to ring in at over $50. Yet perhaps the most egregious of pen pricing mishaps comes when potential buyers think about the features, or lack thereof, that their pens-to-be possess.
It still bothers me to think that we’re expected to pay premium for piston-fillers and other non-cartridge mechanisms. And many piston-fillers nowadays don’t feature an intrinsic pump, but a permanently-locked cartridge connected to the exterior knob. Perhaps the contrasts that TWSBI pens invoke are thus one of the company’s best measures of success. TWSBI’s pens are all unique, comparatively affordable, and showcase an ever-evolving sense of craftsmanship and fountain pen credence. Their (arguably) most-awaited pen, the Vac 700, features a vacuum pump filler, and retails for $65. It’s a good deal by any stretch of the imagination, and a good pen by nearly any criteria.