new fountain pen

I recently added this TWSBI Eco (turquoise, with a 1.1 stub nib) to my collection.  It joins a lime green B nib and two black ones with EF nibs, which have pretty much replaced my old Rotrings as the scritchy-scratchy pens of choice.  If you haven’t figured it out, I’m really liking these Ecos, with their light, sturdy, easy to grip bodies, huge ink capacities (they are piston filled) and smooth, high quality steel nibs.  They seem to start a little sluggish when it comes to ink flow, but loosen up as they break in.  This stub, like most stubs, tends to be rather dry when working over pencil, but really seems to come into its own working freehand with no underdrawing.   I can see a lot of ad lib shading, fills and plant forms in its future, and of course it will be great for small, showy lettering.  Here’s a sample sketchbook page where I put my new TWSBI through its paces on the day it arrived.  The original is 7 x 10 inches in size.

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