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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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

19 comments:

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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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?

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

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

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  6. 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!

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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

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  10. 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.

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  11. Awesome! That's exactly why I did this :)

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  12. We just got some in...it's about once a month we get a shipment, and it's usually limited stock :(

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  13. 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 :)

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

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  18. Debbie DrechslerApril 5, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    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!

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