Introduction

TWSBI launched its Eco-T fountain pen in November 2017. Here we look at how it's different from the regular TWSBI Eco.

TWSBI Eco-T grip closeup

Close-up of the TWSBI Eco-T front grip section and nib

1. The Grip

TWSBI's Eco has a regular grip with circular cross-section like most pens. The Eco-T has a shaped grip with 3 distinct flattened regions to guide the user into holding the pen with the nib in the correct orientation. If you're familiar with the Lamy Safari then you'll know exactly how this works. It's particularly aimed at young writers and those not necessarily used to writing with a fountain pen. The writer will naturally hold the flattened regions of the front grip between his or her fingers such that the nib always stays in the right position on the paper for comfortable and efficient writing.

TWSBI Eco and Eco-T nibs

TWSBI Eco (left) and TWSBI Eco-T (right)

TWSBI Eco-T-grip vs Eco grip

TWSBI Eco (top) and Eco-T (bottom). You can see the shaped grip of the Eco-T

TWSBI Eco-T grip vs Eco grip

Computer rendering from TWSBI showing the standard Eco grip (top) and Eco-T grip (bottom)

2. The Cap and Piston Knob

The TWSBI Eco has a regular hexagonal profile to the cap and piston knob. Those on the Eco-T are still 6-sided, but with 3 long sides and 3 short ones that mimic the shape of the grip section.

TWSBI Eco-T and TWSBI Eco cap and piston knob

Launch photo from TWSBI showing the blue Eco-T cap and piston knob

What's the same?

Well, the TWSBI Eco-T has the same barrel and filling mechanism as the regular Eco. This means it has the same comfortable large size and class-leading ink capacity of over 2.5ml (a standard cartridge contains around 0.8ml of ink).

Size-wise the TWSBI Eco-T is around the same size as the TWSBI Diamond 580. The photo below shows these two models together with the TWSBI Classic. The Classic uses the same nib as the Eco and Eco-T.

TWSBI Eco with TWSBI Diamond 580 and TWSBI Classic

Comparison of the TWSBI Eco-T with the TWSBI Classic (top) and TWSBI Diamond 580 (AL version, bottom).

Summary

Like the TWSBI Eco, the TWSBI Eco-T is one of the best budget fountain pens available. It's a size that suits most hands, has unrivalled ink capacity and is available with a choice of 5 nib widths (from extra-fine to broad plus a 1.1mm cursive italic). The Eco-T moves this on a little by helping young writers and those who are either not used to writing with a fountain pen or are new to fountain pens.

At the time of writing the TWSBI Eco-T is only available with a blue cap and piston knob (and of course TWSBI's trademark transparent barrel). However, TWSBI does bring special edition versions of its pens out frequently, such as the TWSBI Eco-T Yellow-Green (launched March 2018)

TWSBI Eco-T cap and nib