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#151 william2001

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 23:16

Thank you!


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#152 pensive1

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 03:55

Great info!



#153 new2writing

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 14:18

Very useful information. Thank you.

#154 fountainpenman

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 19:12

This is great. Thanks for the illustrations. Loving the 'baby bottom'! hahaha

 

Very good pointers here.


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#155 vintagino

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 20:14

Very helpful post!  Thank you for the simple explanantions.



#156 aussielondon

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 16:32

Realising that you bought a ballpoint? :D



#157 six3oo

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 10:16

That literally just happened to me *sheds a single tear*

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#158 Zookie

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 16:33

I just bought a Huahong and was amazed by how nice the nib is, and it only cost me a buck! So of course, after a couple days, I dropped it :(

The feed snapped in two, but the nib is ok. Luckily I have a replacement feed.



#159 BlakeNole

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 22:24

Very well done. I wish I had seen this in my FP infancy. I do have several friends I am getting into the hobby. I will share this post with them. Very clear and succinct. Thanks!

#160 Alexcat

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 14:37

Misaligned tinesfpn_1299275208__misaligned.jpg Through a loupe, the tipping looks like this. The pen feels scratchy, and may skip in a particular direction. The cure is to bring the tines into alignment (carefully!) using your fingers to (gently!) bend them. Note that the misalignment may be due to the nib being off centre on the feed. Again, tweak the nib or feed (judiciously!) to bring it into alignment.Poor gap setTines are squeezed together or too far apart. Pen has poor ink flow (too little, too much), may skip if the tines are too far apart.The cure for too narrow a gap is to spread the tines of the nib. (see point 5 in John Mottishaw's excellent article). Passing a thin (10 micron) brass shim between the tines can help with this problem.Narrowing the gap requires removing the nib from the pen, squeezing the tines past each other so that they spring back to the correct position, and re-adjusting the alignment. Professional help is preferable, here.Badly set feedfpn_1299275895__bad_feed.jpg There is a gap between nib and feed.Pen alternately skips and floods. Cure is to reset the feed. Feeds are made of thermoplastics or hard rubber, and become flexible with gentle heat. Use hot water to soften the feed and set it up against the nib.Manufacturing gunk in the ink systemPen skips or doesn't flow at all because oil in the ink channels in the feed or in the slit of the nib prevents the flow of water.I always assume this is there, and flush a new pen with water before use. Sometimes standing the pen in ink overnight helps.Baby bottomfpn_1299276456__baby_bottom.jpg The shape of the nib keeps the ink away from the paper.Pen is a "hard starter". It writes well, but needs a bit of a push down on the nib to get it going. May skip a bit. The cure is to grind away some of the tipping, to get a better shape. If you are at all unsure about doing this, seek a professional. I use a nail buffer, available for a small amount of money and a large sacrifice of dignity from the health and beauty section of the pharmacist. The finest grade buffer only!Notes:It is best to work out what your problem is, before trying to fix it. Many of the symptoms are similar, and fixing the wrong problem may damage your pen.A 10x loupe is sufficent to see these problems, though some prefer to use magnifications as high as 20x.A nail buffer is not an emery board. It is a thick thing with three or four grades of grit, the finest being gray, and smooth to the touch. Women apparently use it to bring their nails to a high degree of polish.Grinding the nib is a last, not a first resort.Further readingIt's also worth reading John Mottishaw's excellent article, Ludwig Tan's article on grinding italic nibs, and the articles in Richard Binder's reference page.Arthur Twydle's article describes some of the more drastic measures taken in the past. I'm not a fan of spirit lamps and the like.Edit: Added a notes section in response to some of the questions below



Browsing and saw this....I remember, any years ago, when I had long nails( real ones) and lived pretty coloured bill varnish; in between, I used a buffer, ad it was made of chamois leather.

Do t knw f that's if any interest/help. Just thought Idmention it.
Alex
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Posted 06 January 2015 - 03:35

I feel like most of my pens have misaligned tines... That or they all need a lot of smoothing

 



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Posted 06 January 2015 - 06:18

I feel like most of my pens have misaligned tines... That or they all need a lot of smoothing


Making me smile...."misaligned tines" sounds like a very good name for a punk/goth/heavy metal band.....

Alex
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Posted 02 February 2015 - 11:20

Great . Interesting and usefull information for fountain pen luvers.
Khan