Being a blogger is being lucky sometimes, especially when you meet people who willingly lend you their pens to blog about! SH Wong has kindly lent me his TWSBI Vac 700 to play with, and I’ve decided to write a #pendelight article on it.
The TWSBI Vac 700 is a large and long pen. TWSBI has been making faceted pens since their Diamond range which I have reviewed here before. The Vac 700 has a cylindrical barrel, though. The cap has diamond-shaped facets running the length of it, and the plunger knob at the back has triangular shaped facets in a decagon.
As the name of the pen suggests, it is a vacuum filler which makes use of air suction to draw ink up into the pen. There is a knob at the end of the pen that you can unscrew to pull up the plunger inside. The plunger slides up smoothly, but when closing it, the cylindrical internal part opens up into a wider chamber, so the plunger snaps through it as you push the knob.
While the TWSBI Vac 700 generally has glossy metallic trims around the pen, the clip stands out in that the metal is textured and slightly more matte than the other trims. This is different from the Diamond range as the Diamond range has shiny metal as the clips.
The TWSBI Vac 700 is a large pen, and the nib is also larger than the TWSBI Diamond nib. I did not compare the writing experience between the two nibs.