TWSBI Eco: My First Fountain Pen

I’ve always been fascinated by pen and paper. An influence of my fondness for reading and writing. I enjoy browsing through and buying items from stationery and arts and crafts stores here and abroad. I don’t buy a whole lot of stuff, usually just a notebook here and there. That’s why I was delighted to learn that Scribe Writing Essentials just opened a new branch at Ayala Center Cebu.

I already frequented Scribe back when I worked in Makati a few years ago. The temptation would hit me each time I visited their stores. I wanted to buy my very own fountain pen. I had no idea how to use a fountain pen. I definitely didn’t need one. But I could feel the desire tugging at my heart and soul.

Price and proximity were the two remaining things holding me back. When Scribe offered a 10 percent discount to celebrate the opening of its newest store in Cebu, I couldn’t resist! I watched some YouTube videos for advice on entry level fountain pens, and these pens topped the lists: the Faber Castell LOOM, Pilot Metropolitan, Lamy Safari, and TWSBI Eco.

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The TWSBI Eco in its minimalist packaging

The TWSBI fountain pen caught my attention the most. I like its opaque white plastic box packaging because it looks exactly like those pencil cases from Muji. I love how the pen looks very clean and minimalist. Even its name, the ‘Eco,’ sounds right to me. Reviewers say the Eco is minimalist, budget-friendly, and writes great. I was convinced.

I recalled seeing TWSBI pens on Scribe’s official website. After confirming they do sell the pen, I visited their new store that same afternoon. They had yet to set up their pen display, but the ladies at the counter happily look through the boxes they were unpacking.

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My TWSBI Eco loaded with Pekikan 4001 fountain pen ink

They had the TWSBI Eco in black, white, and lime green. They were also available in various nib sizes. I chose the white pen, and got the medium nib because reviewers recommended it over the finer ones. That’s how I bought my very first fountain pen.

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Samples of my writing with the Eco

I also bought a bottle of Pelikan 4001 brilliant black fountain pen ink. It was a bit of a misadventure loading the ink into the pen. Again, YouTube saved my life. I’m also getting used to writing with a fountain pen, but my handwriting has significantly improved as a result. Writing cursive has never been more fun!

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