Hey all! Rachel Goulet here… just got a few tidbits of news I received from Philip at TWSBI late last week that I wanted to pass your way.
The TWSBI 580AL in Orange is discontinued. We’re out of stock at the moment, but we have another shipment coming in next Thursday, and maybe one more after that. After that, they’re gone.
It’s a really nice pen – I personally have a medium in my collection and it’s become part of my daily carry.* It’s my first TWSBI, and I don’t know why I waited so long to snag one for myself. It’s a great writer, and I just adore the color aluminum accents.
So that’s the bad news (if you liked the orange).
But the good news is…
The 580AL in Purple will be coming out soon — probably within a month or so. If it looks anything like the prototype pictures TWSBI put on their Facebook page about a year ago (image below), I might have to snag one of these, too.
The next color after that will be the 580AL in Blue, though we don’t have a timeline yet. Brian has already claimed one for himself (surprise, surprise). I’ll probably grab one, too!
As far as I know, there aren’t any plans to discontinue the 580AL in Silver. We still have those.
|Prototype image of the 580AL with colored aluminum accents, courtesy of TWSBI’s Facebook page.|
In other TWSBI news…
This new pen model is almost done. TWSBI is working on the packaging and checking through all the nibs now. We expect to see it in the next two months or so. This will be TWSBI’s most affordable pen yet, expected to retail under $30. I don’t have a lot of details yet, but we’ll work on nailing those down as the release gets closer.
TWSBI Vac Mini and Vac 20A Bottles
I mentioned this a few weeks back. The new Vac Mini is almost done as well, probably within the next month or two. It will first be released in clear, in sizes EF, F, M, B, and 1.1mm. Price is expected to be the same as the Vac700, at $65.
The Vac Mini will be released alongside the redesigned Vac 20A bottles
to be compatible with the Vac700 and Vac Mini fountain pens. Not sure of the colors yet, but the price will be $14.99.
Between the Vac Mini and the Eco, I’m not sure which will launch first. We’ll let you know as soon as we know!
TWSBI Restocking of Current Products
We know we’re out of a lot of TWSBI products right now and we’re really sorry for that! The Chinese New Year shut down TWSBI’s factories for most of February, and we’re feeling the effects of it now with stock outages. They tell us we’ll be able to restock at the end of April, and until then what we have is all we will have, so expect outages of many TWSBI products for the month of April.
That’s all the news I have for now.
Which new TWSBI pen are you looking forward to the most?
*Side note for the curious: my current 3-pen Nock Lookout
case contains the medium TWSBI 580AL orange pen inked up with Diamine Autumn Oak, a medium bluegreen Lamy Al-Star inked up with De Atramentis Mint Turquoise, and a broad vibrant green Pelikan M600 inked up with
Caran d’Ache Vibrant Green. I’m very intentional about matching my inks
to pens! I normally also carry a Pilot Vanishing Point or two, but they’re empty and awaiting being cleaned out, hehe.