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