Posted 18 April 2013 - 22:13
I'm fairly new to fountain pens and after a bit of debate decided to try the Ahab. With little adjustment required I was able to get it flowing well but had trouble with the inking dripping. Borrowing from someone else's tip (somewhere?) I rotated the pen in my fingers so that the nib was upside down and depressed gently. Problem solved.
At least for a while...
Suddenly, the pen would cut out after a few lines and not easily resume ink flow. I cleaned, adjusted, cleaned, adjusted, etc., but couldn't get the flow to return. Nothing worked. I even tried 409; and scrubbed the feed with a toothbrush. The more I tried the worse the problem got. Then this morning I decided to clean again with 409, but this time wearing latex gloves (too late to save my fingers from the ink stains). When I reassembled I again wore the gloves and kept them on while I adjusted the nib and feed. Wonder of wonders, the pen works marvelously without skipping, without dripping. I can't help but think all the fiddling with feed got my own oils into the feed and every time I reassembled after cleaning I contaminated the feed again.
Hope this helps someone else.