A couple months back I noticed my TWSBI 580, my most expensive and used fountain pen, was leaking. This would not be a big deal as it could have been due to something coming loose, like a seal or one of the screwed in parts. This happen to be different. At some point I must have dropped the pen which broke the inner base off the piece housing the feed, the part that holds both the nib and transports ink from the tank in the body of the pen. With this brake I figured, depressingly, that I would have to order the part, e.g. spend money and time to get the pen up and running. One thing that I like about fountain pens besides their functionality for writers, is that often they are fixable compared to pens you would just toss in the trash. They are the bicycles of the writing world to make a comparison.
On the far right is the nib/feed housing which is actually broken at the point where the threads are visible on the top. I glued this together using quick dry plastic crazy glue type glue.
Once the housing was glued I reinserted everything and after some adjustments the pen worked well again. There is a gap now between the housing and the silver grip end, but there is no leak and the screw on cap is still fine with this arrangment so I don’t mind as long as it works!
I would like to mentioned the nib I am using on this pen. The original was a silver colored M nib with the TWBI symbol on it, very nice, but it didn’t seem to fit my writing style and used far more ink laying down a line than I wanted. So I swapped it out with a very old nib with a flat italic nib.
So the Fine Italic is a beauty, and smooth as silk! Hey, it’s all about writing!
So keep writing, even if you have to fix your pen to do it!