TWSBI 580 AL-Turquoise
The TWSBI 580 AL-Turquoise is in! This is one of my favourite releases from the TWSBI AL in their special edition colours. So far there's been an orange, purple, blue, pink, green, but this one took me by surprise, since I'm normally not a turquoise person. Like all of their special edition AL-colours, they're only going to be around for a limited time. The coloured part of the pen is the metallic section, so all of the past colours are naturally a bit more of a metallic shade of hue, and this turquoise version is almost a minty turquoise. The 580 AL is the same pen as the 580, except with a few aluminum parts rather than plastic. It makes for a very slight weight difference, as well as the idea of some parts of it being metal versus plastic which I think as a philosophy I generally prefer, but it's mostly an aesthetic difference with the special edition colours. A while ago I wrote a blog post outlining a few differences between the 580, the 580-AL and the ECO, if this brand is new to you. One of the things about TWSBI pens is that they're clear - I love demonstrators, especially TWSBI ones that have the slight bit of colour added through the grip section and piston in the AL-colours, but that first fill is a lot of pressure to get it right, especially when you're going to blog about it, and immortalize it forever into the abyss of the internet. I inked mine up with a trusty, favourite brown, Diamine Ochre. I was waffling between a matching ink colour (Diamine Blue Steel? J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche? Even a dusty grey purple to match the mint, like Sailor Chu-Shu??) but Jon convinced me that by saying it would look like mint chocolate chip ice cream, one of my all-time favourite flavours. Even though I love this ink, I'm not sure if it was exactly the perfect choice. I'm not one to fill a TWSBI with an ink I'm not fairly sure I'll love, since the tank on a TWSBI lasts a long time - I suppose especially when you have too many pens filled with ink at once - but this combination is less mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream than very-dark-chocolate-ice-cream-with-slight-hint-of-mint. The writing sample is with a fine nib, in a Hobonichi. In any case, I'm enjoying the pen. If you couldn't tell, I'm big on seasons of life, and having my pens and inks and tools and supplies flow together - and this mint is perfect for spring (although it will also be a great winter pen). I'm normally a broad nib person, but I'm discovering that too many broads, even for someone who works in a stationery shop and is surrounded by excellent paper, is a bit limiting. In fact, there have been times when I've literally needed to borrow a pen to use because all of my inked nibs were too crazy, a fact in itself which is a little crazy. In other news, we've got a line of ink launching later this week. It's always exciting to get new ink in, but this line in particular is one I can't wait to share.