Some time yesterday TWSBI released renderings of a new concept pen code named PP017 that is aimed squarely at new fountain pen users and anyone with a limited budget. TWSBI is actually referring to it as the “Economic Model” and they’re shooting for a price point of $25-$30. See ya later, Safari!
The design goal with this new fountain pen was to reduce the total number of parts and use fewer or smaller metal parts to reduce the cost. The result after 2 days of design work is 4 new plastic parts: cap, inner cap, barrel, and piston knob.
The image below shows the pen in a white translucent material to give a better sense of the pen’s shape. I sincerely hope this is a new production color because I think it looks fantabulous! Going from the dimensions in the image, it’s just a couple millimeters smaller in each dimension than the Vac700, the same length as 540 but a little bit larger in diameter.
I think TWSBI really has something awesome here and when combined with the affordable Montesa line that’s still a concept, they’re going to own the introductory fountain pen market.