TWSBI Vac 700R Fountain Pen - Iris

$80.00 - $85.00
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The TWSBI Vac700R fountain pen in Iris is a departure from the piston filler fountain pens found in the rest of the TWSBI lineup. The TWSBI Vac700R fountain pen has a clear acrylic body, which makes checking the level of your ink a breeze, accented by a clear grip section and turning knob. The smooth writing steel nib, rainbow frosted clip, and rainbow trim accents make this larger sized pen a real workhorse!

The Vac700R fountain pen has been updated from the original Vac700 fountain pen by modifying the 2 valves in the older version into one valve in the new model. The grip and feed section of the pen has also been enlarged and tapered, which combined with the valve modification, increased the ink flow of the pen by a small percentage. Because of these changes to the pens and nib units, the TWSBI stainless steel Vac700R replacement nib will fit only the new Vac700R fountain pen, and will NOT fit the older Vac 700 pens.

This vacuum filler pen holds a LARGE amount of ink, and fills by unscrewing the end cap, pulling it out, and then the pen fills on the downstroke. Be sure to hold the pen in the ink for several seconds after pushing the end cap in, and for best results, you should do this twice. The TWSBI Vac700R fountain pen fills with bottled ink only, and for best filling results, the TWSBI Vac 20A ink bottle is a wonderful option.

TWSBI believes that it is important to allow the user to disassemble and reassemble the pen, in order to completely experience the traditional aspects of owning and using a fountain pen. The TWSBI pen packaging includes a wrench and silicone grease.

** Please note that these accessories are not intended to be used immediately, as they are better used for long-term care and maintenance. In addition, please use extra care if you choose to disassemble the pen, as breakage or cracking could occur if done incorrectly.

Read a full review of the Vac 700 here at our blog!

2 Reviews

Ruth Morrisson Dec 28, 2021

A pretty pen, which holds a lot of ink -- but....

This was my Christmas present this year. I'd been drooling over the iridescent trim since they first came out. And when Anderson Pens got them back In stock went "OOOOH...." Then balked a bit at the price (it's more expensive than my other TWSBIs), until my husband said "Merry Christmas!"
That being said....
This is NOT a beginner pen by any stretch of the imagination. The instructions that TWSBI packs with the box are not overly helpful (mostly just diagrams with minimal instructions in several languages including English) and I didn't understand why the feed was apparently being starved, until someone on Fountain Pen Network explained to me that you have to actually OPEN the plunger a bit to let ink flow out of the ink chamber. Before that I couldn't tell if there was some sort of flow issue with the pen or the ink I inaugurated it with (Diamine Grey), or that the F nib was stingy (my other TWSBIs are a couple of the 580-AL/ALR piston fillers).
Turns out you have to unscrew the knob a bit and pull the plunger up a bit to open up the flow between the ink chamber and the feed. Which is a bit awkward -- as was filling the pen in the first place. I thought I understood it in principle (thinking it was similar to a vintage Sheaffer Touchdown or Snorkel) -- but it took several times of working the plunger in order to get a decent fill. Now that I have gotten that figured out, the pen does hold quite a bit of ink -- good if you have a lot of writing to do. And screwing down the plunger means that there shouldn't be any sort of leakage while carried.
I did have one other issue -- when I did the initial flush with soapy water, it was very difficult to get the last bits of rinse water out of the pen, even after draining it into paper toweling for the better part of a week. I was starting to wonder if I was going to have to use the included gadget to pull the nib and feed, and take a long swab or rolled up paper towel to get the rest of the water -- that shouldn't be something one does with a brand new pen that hasn't even been inked up yet. And I have not yet gotten to the point of flushing the pen out, and am a bit concerned about soaking the pen too long in diluted ammonia solution, after the section the Pink 580-AL was seriously discolored.
I suspect that I don't want to put any really saturated or problematic inks (such as shimmer inks, or inks that tend to stain) in this pen. With a broader nib? Maybe -- but maybe not...
Do the plusses (the ink capacity and the looks -- even my husband thought it was an attractive pen, and he's not really an FP guy, although he likes the Vanishing Point I found used and swapped in an EF nib for him) -- outweigh the minuses (the fill/flushing issues and the less than stellar instructions)? Maybe....

Andy Dec 18, 2021

Impressive in Many Ways

I have a couple of Ecos and was never really blown away by them. They work but they’re not my go to pens.
The Vac-700R is stellar. I bought an EF knowing they went a bit wide and am impressed by the smoothness. Never a hard start and consistent. It is my new go-to pen.
The rainbow finish is stunning, especially on the nib. I am so glad I didn’t pass on this a third time.

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