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In addition to the pens I happily received for Christmas, I've been picking up a few other pens that appealed to me. The TWSBI brand has a good reputation for innovate and high quality fountain pens, so I saw the Precision BP on Amazon for $25, I quickly ordered it.

The plain cardboard TWSBI box arrived in 4 days, and held the silver Rotring 600 clone Precision and a spare Parker-type refill in lots of secure padding foam. That's no-nonsense package that works very well, IMHO.

It's a slim metal pen, and it weighs less than the Rotring 600 Newton BP pens I own. Still, it feels solid, if not hefty, and it will not be a tiring pen for me to use for shorter periods. It is not comfortable for any long writing sessions, IMO, however. The knurling on the end is a slippery texture, and really does not help in gripping the pen securely. The click mechanism operates with a smooth and solid click, and should last for many years. I have had no malfunctions with the click mechanism since purchasing the pen.

Overall, an inexpensive Rotring 600 replica, but for me, it's just too thin and slippery to use for very long. It has functioned flawlessly, and that's a big plus in its favor.

 



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Hey I just got this pen and I love it. I have a question for you though. The clicky part on mine can move left to right and wobbles a tiny bit. Is this normal? It doesn't shake or anything when I write but if I can move it a mm or 2 with my fingers. I just wanted to know if this is normal. Thanks.

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Hey, sorry for the delay in replying.

My click button also has sideways "play", but it is less than .5-1.0 mm when the refill is retracted or extended. This is so little, that it is not a concern for me. If yours moves 2mm, then you may have a problem. It might be worth requesting a replacement. I do not know if that is common with many Precision pens (makes for a kinda ironic name, doesn't it?), or not. TWSBI is supposedly quite responsive to customer issues, so it will not hurt to ask.



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My TWSBI ballpoint arrived today, and I'm pretty much in agreement with WriteAway about it. It looks a lot more "Precision" with an Ohto needle-point refill in it.

Oh, the clicker on mine has no more side play than any other $20-plus ballpoint currently in my possession.

And I feel that these pens and their cousins were never intended for writing at length, any more than were the drafting pencils from which they evolved.


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More excellent observations, Mike.
The Precision does come with a so-so refill, but thankfully any good Parker-style refill drops right in. But the original Precision refill writes at least as well as the Rotring stock refill I tried in my silver Newton BP a while ago. The Rotring pen is a bit larger and heavier, thus slightly more comfortable than the Precision to write with. But neither is an essay-writing tool for sure!


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