Twiss Green Lizard Fountain Pen Review

Twiss Green Lizard resting

The Green Lizard is handmade by John Twiss here in the UK. It’s been made especially for United Inkdom and once we’ve all reviewed it we’ll be giving it away! This is a very special pen, for reasons that will soon become clear.

Twiss Green Lizard clip and cap

The pen comes with three JoWo steel nibs: fine, medium and 1.1mm stub. Obviously, I’ve been using it with the stub. It’s engraved with the Twiss logo. JoWo nibs are consistently good and this one is no exception. Smooth and with good flow, it’s a pleasure to write with.

Twiss Green Lizard nib

The Green Lizard uses standard cartridges or converters and comes with a Schmidt converter. It’s a screw in kind, which threw me for a moment or two.

Twiss Green Lizard in pieces

The cap screws on. It takes a little over four turns, which is… a lot. It posts securely but not deeply, making the pen very long. Although it’s possible, I wouldn’t recommend posting. The clip is simple but functional.

Twiss Green Lizard posted

The barrel’s fairly slim but a good length, even unposted. It’s very light in the hand and so would, I’m sure, suit most people. The ebonite section is ever so slightly shaped and feels very comfortable. It’s comfortable pen in the hand.

Twiss Green Lizard in my hand

The Green Lizard is all about the cap and barrel of course. It looks like a reptile all dressed up for a night out at a 70s themed nightclub. All sparkly. It’s different looking and shimmers in the light. The pattern spirals around the pen and you can see the joins.

Twiss Green Lizard acrylic join

I always enjoy signs that a pen’s been made, as long as those signs don’t suggest a lack of care or poor finishing. For me, then, these joins add to the appeal of the pen. If you’re blessed with an active imagination, you might even think of this as evidence that the barrel was made from strips of that poor lizard’s sparkly skin. Or jacket, if you would prefer a less gruesome provenance.

The truth, though, is even more exciting. The Green Lizard is made from a vintage cellulose acetate from the 1930s-40s that was discovered in a château in Le Mans. Isn’t that just wonderful?!

Twiss Green Lizard capped

The barrel’s subtly stamped with the Twiss logo and month of manufacturer.

Twiss Green Lizard logo

It’s no secret that I think John Twiss makes wonderful pens. I’ve interviewed him, visited him and reviewed two of his pens before. I’m the proud owner of two Twiss pens and have an order in for a third. The Green Lizard continues his fine track record of making high quality pens that look a little different and write beautifully.

As I mentioned at the top we’ll be giving this pen away on United Inkdom, so check back soon for further details!

Twiss Green Lizard handwritten review


  1. That’s a fascinating pen. I find the stripy ebonite lurking within the iridescent snakeskin exterior rather sinister – like a rattler lurking in the woodpile! The celluloid reminds me of several French pens I have, from Old Chap and Gold Starry – it’s not the same but the marked reticulation and the depth of the colour and iridescence is similar. (I wish I could find a pile of old celluloid at a French car boot sale or in an old barn or chateau near us – I just have to depend on picking up pens one by one!)

  2. My first impression, honestly, was not very enthusiastic. The nib was nice, but the clip could have been shaped as a snake or lizard tail, and all that green…
    But, to tell the truth, I was keeping coming back to have a look. The pic with the cap shows almost a 3D effect, and that was cool.
    I’m happy to have a chance to enter in the giveaway 🙂

  3. I really love this pen-the story about where John Twiss got the material to make it is as awesome as the pen itself is! Thanks for the shot at the giveaway! 🙂

  4. Now that’s an interesting pen, the material looks like a fancy version of the one used in the green striped Pelikans. Would be lovely if it could join the vintage Pelikan 400NN that is currently the only cellulose acetate pen in my (for now unfortunately rather limited) collection.

  5. One of the prettiest pens I’ve seen in the last year. It’s on my wanted list for sure. My first encounter with a Twiss, but the name is now etched in my favourites.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  6. There is something incredibly special about vintage celluloids that modern materials are unable to replicate.

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