TWSBI 580 Disassembly

TWSBI has instructions inside their pens showing how to take it apart, but I find that taking apart and putting a pen back together is shown best in a video. This demonstration will show you how to take apart and reassemble a TWSBI 580, but the piston assembly is exactly the same for the 540, 530, and Mini, so these techniques will work the same for all these pens. If you’ve ever struggled putting your TWSBI pen back together, this is the video for you.

TWSBI Diamond 580
TWSBI Diamond 580

TWSBI Mini
TWSBI Mini

Write on,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T03:38:13+00:00 March 27th, 2013|Tips & Tricks|50 Comments
  • Nรถlff

    Nice video.
    I haven’t been keeping up with your blog lately.
    When do you think you’ll have EF 580’s in stock?

    • We just got some in…it’s about once a month we get a shipment, and it’s usually limited stock ๐Ÿ™

      • phillip griffin

        My pen is leaking ink into the nib assembly and for the life of me I can’t unscrew the nib from the barrel. The “grip” spins freely and trying to hold onto the “grip ferrule” and twist it has been futile. Please help ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Ben C.

          You need to contact TWSBI and let them know. It sounds like your feed assembly cracked at the base of the threads and is spinning freely. I had the same problem with my 580 and they sent me replacement parts quickly.

  • Nรถlff

    Nice video.
    I haven't been keeping up with your blog lately.
    When do you think you'll have EF 580's in stock?

  • Frank

    Thanks Brian. I have a small pile of Pelikans and TWSBIs that came apart. I have fooled around with them for more than 10 minutes with no luck at fixing them. Your video save the day. Keep up the good work.

    • Awesome! That’s exactly why I did this ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Frank

    Thanks Brian. I have a small pile of Pelikans and TWSBIs that came apart. I have fooled around with them for more than 10 minutes with no luck at fixing them. Your video save the day. Keep up the good work.

  • Ted A

    Thanks Brian, This is going to help.

    But, do I have a potential problem? I had never taken my TWSBI apart. A couple of days ago I was flushing my pen with water, turning the piston up and down, when as I was expelling the water, the piston was pushed out of the barrel. The piston came into contact with the portion of the barrel behind the section and pushed the piston, including the metal piece that looks like it’s supposed to stay in the barrel right out the back.

    So is this going to create a potential problem that I have to worry about? I worry that whatever is supposed to hold the metal piece in the plastic barrel is no longer going to hold it and someday I might find myself with an open barrel and ink everywhere.

    What do you think?

    • Troy Mayfield

      Send TWSBI an email. It sounds like your barrel broke. Mine did and I had a replacement in less than 2 days, no charge.

    • Sorry I’m so late here, Troy is right. Contact TWSBI at twsbiinc@gmail.com and they’ll get you a replacement. The metal piece (I’m assuming this is a 540, right?) is supposed to be glued in place, and if it pops out, the pen is broken.

  • Ted A

    Thanks Brian, This is going to help.

    But, do I have a potential problem? I had never taken my TWSBI apart. A couple of days ago I was flushing my pen with water, turning the piston up and down, when as I was expelling the water, the piston was pushed out of the barrel. The piston came into contact with the portion of the barrel behind the section and pushed the piston, including the metal piece that looks like it's supposed to stay in the barrel right out the back.

    So is this going to create a potential problem that I have to worry about? I worry that whatever is supposed to hold the metal piece in the plastic barrel is no longer going to hold it and someday I might find myself with an open barrel and ink everywhere.

    What do you think?

  • Troy Mayfield

    Send TWSBI an email. It sounds like your barrel broke. Mine did and I had a replacement in less than 2 days, no charge.

  • alansberlin

    Thanks Brian. I replaced a cracked barrel today using your video as my guide. I did it!

  • alansberlin

    Thanks Brian. I replaced a cracked barrel today using your video as my guide. I did it!

  • So what’s a quick way to clean the mini? Do you have a video of doing a full cleaning and a quick cleaning for the mini? I’m wanting to clean mine but it has blue ink in it and I’m going to fill it back up with a similar blue ink so I don’t think that I need to do a full cleaning ? Can’t I just take apart the nib side a do a rinse of the ink chamber and then put the front end back together ? Can you do a video and keep me posted? Thanks!

    • You really don’t even need to take the pen apart at all. The water inside the pen won’t hurt anything, you can just leave that in there. Ink is water-based after all, and the few droplets that are in there are such a small amount that it won’t affect your ink at all once you fill it back up with ink. The only time you really need to take it apart is for maintenance (like greasing the piston seal if you find it’s not moving smoothly after a while), or if you have a particularly stubborn ink that needs to be cleaned more thoroughly.

  • So what's a quick way to clean the mini? Do you have a video of doing a full cleaning and a quick cleaning for the mini? I'm wanting to clean mine but it has blue ink in it and I'm going to fill it back up with a similar blue ink so I don't think that I need to do a full cleaning ? Can't I just take apart the nib side a do a rinse of the ink chamber and then put the front end back together ? Can you do a video and keep me posted? Thanks!

  • Hey I just twisted all the ink out and then sucked up water in and out until it ran clear it seems like that cleaned it out pretty good and I didn’t even have to take it apart. hopefully all the water will dry out of it in 48 hours if not I guess I will have to take it apart.

    • You’ve done enough, you’re good to go ink it up with something else!

  • Hey I just twisted all the ink out and then sucked up water in and out until it ran clear it seems like that cleaned it out pretty good and I didn't even have to take it apart. hopefully all the water will dry out of it in 48 hours if not I guess I will have to take it apart.

  • You really don't even need to take the pen apart at all. The water inside the pen won't hurt anything, you can just leave that in there. Ink is water-based after all, and the few droplets that are in there are such a small amount that it won't affect your ink at all once you fill it back up with ink. The only time you really need to take it apart is for maintenance (like greasing the piston seal if you find it's not moving smoothly after a while), or if you have a particularly stubborn ink that needs to be cleaned more thoroughly.

  • You've done enough, you're good to go ink it up with something else!

  • Awesome, glad I could help!

  • Sorry I'm so late here, Troy is right. Contact TWSBI at twsbiinc@gmail.com and they'll get you a replacement. The metal piece (I'm assuming this is a 540, right?) is supposed to be glued in place, and if it pops out, the pen is broken.

  • Awesome! That's exactly why I did this ๐Ÿ™‚

  • We just got some in…it's about once a month we get a shipment, and it's usually limited stock ๐Ÿ™

  • Bodah Christiansen

    I hereby proclaim June 6, 2013, Brian Goulet Day! First of all, I can’t even count the number of totally informative videos, posts and suggestions of the Goulet’s, both Brian and Rachael (sp) that have expanded my knowledge of this most addictive of interests. The fountain pen and I were destined to peacefully live in harmony with one another, until last night, that is! I won’t bore you with the less than intelligent details of my screwing up my newish TWSBI Diamond 580. A pen I loved and treated well, but betrayed me when I was at my weakest point. Anyway, I thought I’d have to send it back to the manufacturer and possibly even buy a new replacement. I went to bed thinking about it and woke up thinking about it. I decided to google it and who pops up? Brian Goulet, with one of his genius youtube offerings, of which I’ve seen many and am better for it. In any case, I watched with focus, something I seem to lack lately, and within ten minutes following the podcast I had my pen back in ship shape, inked it up with my new Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki and wrote a nice thanks for the help note. I vow and pledge my allegiance to Goulet Pens until my dying day, even if they don’t have super saver shipping!

    • Amishius

      Weirdโ€” I’m here exactly three years later ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Brian Goulet day!

  • phillip griffin

    My pen is leaking ink into the nib assembly and for the life of me I can't unscrew the nib from the barrel. The "grip" spins freely and trying to hold onto the "grip ferrule" and twist it has been futile. Please help ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ThatFaeryDude

    Hi my new TWSBI 580 has somehow gotten ink inbetween the two layers of the cap. It is really annoying. I know that its not dried up because when i tap the cap the ink moves. Anyone know or have any ideas how to get the ink out. I have tried leaving it in water to see if it get it out and i have cleaned the cap. Please help.

    • This is a very late reply but in case you still have the problem or anyone else does:

      Place a cottonball on the opening to the cap, then take a q-tip and plunge it into the cottonball and push all the way down, twisting a little as you get towards the end. The friction from the cotton will jam the inner piece and you will be able to pull it out. Once you have it out you can rinse out the ink with water. To place it back, juse use a q-tip sans cottonball to push it all the way back into the cap.

      • Joe Corneli

        Thanks Robby, very useful. I innovated a little and used a Bic with a rubberband wrapped tightly around the end as my twisty-grabber. And I added a little bit of ye olde silicone grease when I replaced the component just for good measure. I do think that all things considered it is quite nice for any leaking ink to find its way into a trap like that rather than hanging around inside the cap proper, so perhaps the grease is a bad idea.

  • ThatFaeryDude

    Hi my new TWSBI 580 has somehow gotten ink inbetween the two layers of the cap. It is really annoying. I know that its not dried up because when i tap the cap the ink moves. Anyone know or have any ideas how to get the ink out. I have tried leaving it in water to see if it get it out and i have cleaned the cap. Please help.

  • Ben C.

    You need to contact TWSBI and let them know. It sounds like your feed assembly cracked at the base of the threads and is spinning freely. I had the same problem with my 580 and they sent me replacement parts quickly.

  • This is a very late reply but in case you still have the problem or anyone else does:

    Place a cottonball on the opening to the cap, then take a q-tip and plunge it into the cottonball and push all the way down, twisting a little as you get towards the end. The friction from the cotton will jam the inner piece and you will be able to pull it out. Once you have it out you can rinse out the ink with water. To place it back, juse use a q-tip sans cottonball to push it all the way back into the cap.

  • Joe Corneli

    Thanks Robby, very useful. I innovated a little and used a Bic with a rubberband wrapped tightly around the end as my twisty-grabber. And I added a little bit of ye olde silicone grease when I replaced the component just for good measure. I do think that all things considered it is quite nice for any leaking ink to find its way into a trap like that rather than hanging around inside the cap proper, so perhaps the grease is a bad idea.

  • Debbie Drechsler

    Thanks, Brian for making this video. You helped me resurrect my mini, which had stopped releasing ink after I took apart the piston mechanism to add some grease. After disassembling and reassembling my pen, several times, along with repeated viewings of the video, my pen is drawing perfectly. Again. Thank you, thank you!

  • Debbie Drechsler

    Thanks, Brian for making this video. You helped me resurrect my mini, which had stopped releasing ink after I took apart the piston mechanism to add some grease. After disassembling and reassembling my pen, several times, along with repeated viewings of the video, my pen is drawing perfectly. Again. Thank you, thank you!

  • Megan Rose Monson

    Thanks! Had some trouble getting it all to fit perfect back together. Very Helpful.

  • Daina Zhou

    Hi Brian, there’s something wrong with my pen so that the barrel is only able to fill up about 1/3 of the way through. Will taking it apart help me at all? I’m scared to take it apart if it’ll only get worse…

  • Charles Duffy

    Noooo! I was trying to figure out which way to turn the wrench to disassemble my Vac Mini, googled “TWSBI Vac Mini disassembly”, got pointed here, saw the “exactly the same for the 540, 530 and Mini”, failed to parse that Mini != Vac Mini… turned the wrench clockwise looking down at the pen as shown in the video, and damaged the O-ring.

    Yay for TWSBI shipping with spares, but… caution urged for those reading: Mini != Vac Mini!

  • Jason

    Hey Brian – great video – it really helped me fit the piston assembly back together. My problem is that the clear plastic sleeve between the metal ring that holds the nib, and the actual body of the pen spins freely. I don’t remember this happening when the pen was new. I have tried to tighten the section down as hard as I can, but the section sleeve still spins freely. What am I doing wrong? Help?!

    • Thatcoolguy

      I’m actually having the exact same problem. I can’t get the threads to engage there and for the nib assembly to screw into the body. Did you find anything that worked?

      • Jason

        Nope, I’ve just been using it that way… let me know if you figure something out.

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          If you would like to, you can reach out to TWSBI about this issue and see what they recommend. twsbiinc@gmail.com.

          • Jason

            Thanks – I will e-mail them now and post their response. I appreciate the e-mail.

          • Jason

            Philip responded promptly… it seems I misplaced a small rubber o-ring during one of my cleanings…

            From: Philip Wang
            Sent: June 12, 2017 11:51 AM
            Subject: Re: Twisbi Diamond 580 – clear demonstrator – rotating grip/section/collar

            Hi Jason,

            If you have the nib section screwed all the way in the grip shouldn’t spin that easily. Yes it is possible to turn the clear grip itself if you actually attempt to spin it, but it shouldn’t move around that much when you are just holding it.

            If you lost one of the small o-rings that sits in front of the metal collar, then yes it is possible that too much space is there now for the grip. You can go to any local hardware store and just have them match up any rubber o-ring you can slide onto the feeder holder and that will make the fit much tighter like before.

          • Jason