We’ve been keeping a close eye on the development of the TWSBI Diamond 850 IROC fountain pen for some time now. Our first article was published way back in October of 2011 that simply included design renders. Then came some more renders with new colors, and then the jump to testing actual parts. It’s gone through several variations including black titanium coatings, gloss black, and raw steel or matte black finishes, with this latest iteration being by far the most flashy.
This is the most coverage of the development of a fountain pen that I’ve ever seen and I’m absolutely loving every bit of it. Thus far, we know the 850 IROC is a piston filling fountain pen, will include an ink window that’s covered by the cap, and weighs 65 grams. No word on price or release date but I’d be shocked if the pen as seen above comes in under $100. What do you think, should more companies be so open during development? What do you think of this all chrome version? What price point do you think the 850 IROC will actually sell at?