Disassembling and assembling of TWSBI Vac Mini fountain pen

TWSBI pens are very popular among fountain pen users. They are well built with good quality materials used and importantly they are affordable to most people. Additionally, filling systems used and ink capacity are great too. They are also easy to maintain, but many users are afraid of taking them to parts or not sure how to do it. Vac series with unique filling system seems to be especially difficult to maintain and finicky. The simple fact that along with the pen TWSBI provides a ‘special’ wrench and silicon grease can discourage many. The truth is, that taking TWSBI Vac  to pieces and putting back all parts is actually very simple process. Because I have just finished bottle of Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink which I used with my TWISBI Vac mini (review), I decided to try a different ink, which turned to be a Sailor Jentle Souten (review soon). When you changing ink in your beloved (or not) fountain pen is highly recommended to clean up and flash through your pen. Otherwise the remaining ink residues (mainly in the feeding system) can react with the new ink, which next may lead to creep forming, which may resulting in the clogged pen. I took the opportunity and I did some pictures of the disassembly process when I was cleaning my pen.

For more details please check these two great video tutorials by Nib Smith (video 1) , Brian Goulet (video 2) and finally Stephen B. Brown (video 3).

Disassembly/assembly procedure are exactly the same for VAC 700 and Vac Mini.



What you need? Not much, really. TWSBI tool, paper towels, a swab and eventually small bit of silicon grease usually provided with the pen (look carefully for these in the box).

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My Iroshizuku Kon-Peki is gone…How to live and what next ?


As you may guess I have on my shelf more than hundred of different ink samples. Yes, but I also have also number of full bottles of ink which I buy regularly from various vendors locally or overseas. Some of them I use frequently (sometimes sporadically)  with certain pens for instance to practice my handwriting or just to play with (Diamine Shimmering Edition  or J.Herbin 1670 Edition ), but there are inks which I use a lot on daily basis for notes taking, journaling/calendar and diary. Usually, these are good flowing and lubricating inks, but also with great colours, like Pilot’s Iroshizuku Kon-Peki which is my ‘work-horse’ ink. Its performance is astonishing and I absolutely adore this ink (as others Iroshizuku inks I tried to fro instance gorgeous Yama-Budo). Another one I use a lot is Terracotta form Diamine 150 Anniversary Edition, which maybe is on the dry side compared to Kon-Peki, however the stunning red-brown colour and beautiful shading this ink exhibits along with  ‘vintage-like’ look it creates is incredible! But life is hard and every so often good things are finishing and sometimes need to be replaced. I have just re-stocked my collection, however even to my surprise, I decided to leave Kon-Peki for a few months and try something new, which may compete with it. I decided to go with Sailor’s Jentle Souten ink, which has very similar cerulean blue colour but also shows very pronounced crazy looking red-magenta sheen. I own another Sailor Jentle ink  called Oku-Yama (purple), which is just great (maybe except smell), so I knew that Souten is going to be as good. I could not resit and I purchased also olive green Tokiwa-Matsu which was on my radar for long long time. I am not big fan of ‘standard’ green inks but I am a sucker for all these earthy looking tones (for example Diamine 150 Anniversary – Safari is one of these), and if it shows degree of sheen as Tokiwa-Matsu does is even better! New bottle of Diamine Terracotta was  a must either – I simply love it!

In the next coming weeks I wish to review Sailor inks (at least these I own or have sample of). They are pretty but also interesting, having own quite individual character.