Earlier this week we just mentioned TWSBI asking for feedback on two new trim options they’re experimenting with on what I’m calling the “White Classic” 580. The problem was that the rose gold trimmed pen was only a render and didn’t accurately represent the true color of rose gold. TWSBI has fixed that by creating a prototype with rose gold trim and here’s the result:

twsbi diamond 580 fountain pen white classic rose gold trim

TWSBI Diamond 580 “White Classic” fountain pen with rose gold trim.

twsbi diamond 580 fountain pen white classic rose gold and chrome trimI think it’s a much better representation and actually changes my position. I’d totally buy one of these! Speedy did state that the rose gold plating would add $20-25 to the price of the pen, making it a $70-75 pen. I’m A-OK with that and so many others. The feedback from their facebook post has been overwhelmingly positive.

So, does the picture of the real thing change your mind?

 

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  • Laurel Hardy

    No, these leave me feeling kind of meh about the whole enterprise, which strikes me as a bit contrary to the crisp cleanliness I associate with the TWSBI brand. Gold (even though I like rose gold) seems an attempt to gussy things up. Why gild a smooth and modern lily?

    • Dustin_Brown

      Because options are always a good thing. It’s not like they’re going to stop producing the regular 580s.

      • Laurel Hardy

        I was just offering my opinion, which you’ve not changed. Wasn’t that what was asked of us?

  • http://www.gregsteer.co.uk/ Greg Steer

    In all honesty the entire colour scheme of the white pen does nothing for me. The rose gold just makes it look tacky. But that is from me who really enjoys dark black stealth pens, so maybe I should just keep quiet :)

    • http://fpgeeks.com/ Dan Smith

      Greg, I’m right there with ya, man. Half my pen case is filled with all black “stealth” pens, but I think these whites ones from TWSBI look pretty sick!

    • Michel_de_Montreal

      Agreed

  • Chad V.

    I still dont like the picture, too much glare. I love rose gold and it still dosent look rose gold to me!

  • Ron Sinclair

    If it was all white, I might be interested. The rose gold does nothing for me. If they make a regular green demonstrator model, I’m in. Otherwise my 540 will do. (current owner of every previous TWSBI pen)

  • Kate

    I love the rose gold, but I think it would look 100x nicer on black. The white lid and cap with the faceted body, black piston, and rose gold trim (especially on the chunky cap band) just looks too messy. An all black body like the one on the mini would be the best canvas for rose gold trim.

  • Maja

    I stand by my assertion that the chrome trim is more gender-neutral; if you don’t believe me, just check out the Monteverde Walt Disney “Sleeping Beauty” pens :) Don’t get me wrong—both of these trim options look nice on the TWSBI 580 White Classic, but I just think from a marketing standpoint, it’s wiser to go with a more gender-neutral pen (which is what the previous TWSBI fountain pen models are).

  • rosepalms

    I like rose gold. But not on this pen. To be honest, I think people are just enthused with that color because of the relative rarity of RG trim, regardless of whether or not it actually *looks good* in this instance.

    It looks, as another commenter mentioned, tacky.

    Very tacky.

    At least the silver/white, whilst sterile and kinda bland in that ipod-esque style that permeates all accoutrements theses days, will be less of an eyesore.

  • Andrew Wang

    Doesn’t quite do it for me…It feels like it’s trying too hard to be a Pelikan in appearance, albeit at a reasonable price. The chrome trim…Meh. A bit bland, like others have commented. If it could post and the white covered most of the barrel save for a small section to serve as an ink window…I would be tempted, tacky gold trim be darned. The cheapskate’s M200/600.

  • sharkync

    I like both trims. But, I think I like my amber 540 more…

  • Mark Insertgenericband Roach

    I read other people’s comments but it’s actually the transparent section that puts me off…all white with rose gold? I would definitely buy that.
    With the demonstrator section just makes the white and trim look added on and a last minute variant instead of the carefully designed pen it is.

  • Will Platt

    That is stunning! They’ve won me over!

  • Tamara

    Since my TWSBI 530 bit the dust a while back, I may go for this one. I agree with others that I’d like it better if it didn’t have the clear barrel. I’m still lusting after a TWSBI Frosty the Snow Pen, so all-white would be perfect.

  • kp

    I really like the white with rose gold combination. I would prefer the pen a lot more if it didn’t have the transparent section.

  • GeeksPrince

    i would prefer a pelikan in that price range

    • Dustin_Brown

      I don’t think you would. To get into that price range something has to give and it would most likely be quality. TWSBI is actually a perfect example of this.

  • Lili

    Like the white but would never buy the rose gold.

  • Bob McConnell

    I think 20-25 $ is a substantial up charge for a $50 pen. The rose gold does nothing for me though I like the idea of a white pen. Just wouldn’t pay nearly 50% more for gold or white. Great pens from a great company, I hope they stay with economical products to own and maintain. Bring on the color!

    • http://fpgeeks.com/ Dan Smith

      Just to be clear, the increase in price is solely for the rose gold plating, not because the pen is white. The chrome trim version will still be $50.

      • Bob McConnell

        Thanks Dan for the clarify, for the little it’s worth then I’m voting for chrome trim..:)

  • RagingDragon

    I prefer the rose gold; however, I doubt I’d buy either version.

  • skyppere

    Oh my! I’m there! I’m in line!

  • Katie Scoggins

    Honestly, I’ve had reservations about buying a TWSBI for a long time because they were a little too underwhelming in the realm of color options for me. The colors are a bit too “crayon straight from the box” for me, and though I have heard amazing things about the craftsmanship, I have purchased other pens over TWSBIs thus far.

    I have been wanting a white/rose gold pen for a long time and this may just be the combination to convince me to purchase a TWSBI. I agree that it’s different, but I like different. If I had to give some constructive criticism, I would say my only problem with the pen is the red TWSBI logo. It completely clashes with the rest of the pen, but I understand that they can’t alter their branding so I will most likely ignore that aspect of the pen.

  • A.J. Rosati

    I really like the rose gold one, if they make it I will be purchasing it as soon as it is here!!

  • Ryan

    Dang. I just saw this and had to say that I’d buy one of each in a heartbeat if these come out – Salix in the chrome for business, Scabiosa in the gold for pleasure.

    I do agree that it would look better if they could somehow make the plastic covering the piston mechanism white with only the actual ink reservoir transparent (this is the main thing that puts me off the otherwise attractive Mini Classic), but I imagine that would require a complete redesign of the pen body, which I’d also imagine is beyond the scope of what they’re looking to do for a basic special edition.