Greetings from the Customer Care team, Susan here with a TWSBI Mini 1.1mm Stub and the glorious Diamine Apple Glory ink. As I’ve said in previous Monday Matchups, I strongly prefer stubs and italics and I was so glad to be able to use one this time around. Keep reading to hear why this ink truly lives up to the name Apple GLORY in my book.
It’s not surprise to anyone around the office that I drew inspiration from the Great American Pastime AKA the greatest sport on the planet. Baseball is my reason to make it through the holidays and survive the bleak first few months of the year, the reason my husband spends April through October under noise canceling headphones, and the reason I am glued to the TV for those very months. I long for baseball, summer, the time to slow down, relax with friends at the ballpark, laugh, cheer, “root, root, root for the home team!” I grew up on this game, I love it, and most importantly, I understand it. The physics of the pitch, the height of the mound (by the way, it’s high time they raised it up again!), the effect of opening the hips in the swing, it’s a great thinking sport! I have my team to which I pledge my loyalty (the winningest team in the history of franchised sports I’ll have you know). One of my best BFFs (you know her, you love her, our own Lydia) happens to be a Boston fan though, so make of that what you will.
I started by sketching the stitching of the baseball with Noodler’s Widowmaker, my favorite red, in my own personal TWSBI 580AL Rose. It’s amazing, and a little upsetting, how hard it is for a grown woman to draw two half circles! The Roger Hornsby quote was so fitting for me, as I was still one month, one day and 20 hours from the day that pitchers and catchers report for spring training (February 14th, my Valentine’s Day gift) as I created this piece. Mr. Hornsby ended his career with a batting average second only to Ty Cobb at .358. Impressive to say the least! Home runs were not nearly as easy to come by in those days. I took his words that resonated with me so well and the tools I had and it just flowed from my hand. Unfortunately, I now have a craving for a box of Cracker Jacks, a hot pretzel, and a hot dog!
I’m not sure TWSBI can do any wrong, this little Mini is no exception. The size was not for me personally, but it feels so good in your hand. It is a smooth writer and the inner cap is fabulous for keeping the pen ready to write. Apple Glory performed superbly in the 1.1mm nib. The subtle shading was out of the park! Is this pen and ink pairing the perfect double play? I’d say so! I think this ink is great for folks who dig shading and drawing. I admit it’s the first green that I’ve really liked. Teachers may not like it for students’ work and it’s not a professional green, but it’s still a fun one to use. If you don’t mind the smaller size, the TWSBI is great to pop in a pocket of a handbag or backpack. I personally like a full sized pen but the size of this TWSBI did not hinder me in any way. I was able to write without a problem. In all honesty, by the time I was finished and put the cap on, the size difference was forgotten. I put it down and couldn’t help but think, if I had my Vac700, I’d have a triple play of TWSBIs. And with that, I’m back to looking out the window, waiting for spring… and maybe championship #28!
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