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18 Feb '16

Fountain Pen Time!

Ok, I'll admit, this has been LONG overdue.  From the early days of the Twist Bullet Pencil I've had the thought (and many of you have commented) that a fountain pen attachment is a must.  I knew little about them, now I actually know a little and thanks to some great customers/friends I'm finally comfortable enough to make this a reality.  

We've got a start, a very crude one, but it seems like the basics are in place.  The main requirement that the "tube" remain the same has been met so anyone with a Twist tube can now use either a pencil, ballpoint or fountain pen.  Over the next few weeks a little nip here and tuck there and we should be ready to add a third option to the Twist line up.

Check out the first prototype video pinned on our Facebook page here and give us a like while you are at it.  https://www.facebook.com/metalshopct/videos/577859732379075/

02 Sep '15

Some Twist Bullet Pencil Reviews...

Its been about a year since we first introduced the Twist Bullet Pencil.  This time last year we had our pre-production prototypes in place and were beginning the build out of the Kickstarter campaign.  I figured I would put together a list of reviews written about the Twist.  If I missed anyone please let me know and I'll add it to the post.

The Gentleman Stationer

Reverenced Writing

Wood Clinched 

Pen Paper Pencil

The Finer Point

Comfortable Shoes Studio

Pens 'N' Coffee

Super Fun Time

Stay The Course

Early photo used for the Kickstarter campaign

24 Jul '15

Just the Facts - Comparing the Midori Bullet Pencil to the Twist Bullet Pencil

Posted by Jon Fontane in bulletpencil, metalshop, metalshopct, midori, notebook, traveller

I’ve recently had a couple of people ask me what makes the Twist Bullet Pencil different from the Midori Bullet Pencil and why is it almost $20 more.

So here goes, no opinion, just the facts.


Midori - .3oz

Twist - .7oz

Note the Twist used for this was our anodized red aluminum body with a brass bullet. The Midori is a brass body with aluminum bullet.

Length (closed):

Midori - 3.75”

Twist - 4.5”

Length (open):

Midori - 5.5”

Twist - 6.25”


Midori - Proprietary Midori Pencil

Twist - Blackwing 602


Midori - None

Twist - Two additional Blackwing 602 pencil nubs and one additional eraser.


Midori - Traditional friction bullet pencil fit. Pencil nub friction fits into the bullet, bullet friction fits into the body.

Twist - Threads, all insertion points on the Twist are threaded so the pencil twists into the bullet and the bullet twists into the body.

Accessories & Other:

Midori - Pocket clip standard, body made from brass, available in traditional brass color, white or brown.

Twist - Pocket clip and cap system available, multiple bullet styles and materials, pen option that is modular with existing body, body options include brass or aluminum, aluminum colors options include black, red, green, royal blue, navy blue and orange (all anodized).  Also available in raw untreated brass and aluminum.

Made in:

Midori - Japan

Twist - America


Midori & Twist Closed:

Midori & Twist Open:

A little blurry but showing difference in body wall thickness: