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#31 BlotBot

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 15:26

I inked my Lamy Safari extra fine with 54th Massachusetts and had epic ink creep.  The creep was so bad that the nib slit crusted over within a day or two.  Big, big mess.


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 00:38

I just purchased a few samples from Goulet and 54th is in the mix. From some of the posts here I am rethinking trying it in my Lamy 2000. Thoughts?? 



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 17:08

I'm also not all that hot about it. The colour is okay (no harm meant) although for me too chalky. But it creeps like crazy (which actually doesn't bother me at all). It's just that it dries out too fast in the pen and ends up being a slow starter. I don't like to dilute inks; I also don't like having to dilute inks.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:55

I have been writing almost continuously with 54th Mass since last November.

As for creep, it varies with the pen.

In my Pelikan 800, creeps like crazy.

In my TWSBI Vac 700 no creep whatsover.

Why?  Not sure.

Nib metal composition?  Nib design?

 

I did a swab test on this ink when I first got it and promptly set it aside as not interesting enough.

One day I filled a pen with it and never looked back.

I am hooked on the waterproof properties.

Also it's fade resistance.
I had an index card in a window facing east for like 2 months and there was no serious fading.

 

I love it.



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 14:31

Cross post:

I'm losing all patience with Noodlers 54th Mass. It gums up my nibs and feeds. Total killer to clean.

Biggest problem is that it is a hard starter, at times it even dries in the feed so quickly that it'll skip during writing a sentence, and you can be assured that it will skip if I pause for even 2 or 3 seconds. Ive even tried a 4:1 (ink:water) dilution as recommend in another thread.

Cleaning is one thing but not writing well is a deal breaker.

Used the ink in:
Lamy Safari (m, f)
Lamy Studio (m)
TWSBI 540 (broad)
Edison Collier (m)

 

Were you able to get it to flow? If so, what does it work best in for you and is a dilution your best way to use it?

 

I first used 54thM in a Lamy Studio and it rarely wrote without lots of pressure. Oddly though, it wrote fine in a Lamy Al-Star and in an Jinhauo X750. I actually sold the ink with a Jinhao pen to a friend and just repurchased it. I'm going to try it in a Pelikan M215 next, if I can manage to stop inking that pen with Visconti Blue.



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 23:28

I got a bottle of 54th Mass. as a freebie from Goulet pens, and have had one pen or another inked up with it, almost constantly, since then.  My experience is very different to some other posters, though: I find it flows really well, almost TOO well in some pens - never dries up in the nib, never a hard start, this is my go-to ink for pens that seem to struggle for consistent flow with other inks...



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 18:41

I got a bottle of 54th Mass. as a freebie from Goulet pens, and have had one pen or another inked up with it, almost constantly, since then.  My experience is very different to some other posters, though: I find it flows really well, almost TOO well in some pens - never dries up in the nib, never a hard start, this is my go-to ink for pens that seem to struggle for consistent flow with other inks...

 

 

I got a bottle of 54th Mass. as a freebie from Goulet pens, and have had one pen or another inked up with it, almost constantly, since then.  My experience is very different to some other posters, though: I find it flows really well, almost TOO well in some pens - never dries up in the nib, never a hard start, this is my go-to ink for pens that seem to struggle for consistent flow with other inks...

Sounds like a new version/charge to me...


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Posted 13 June 2014 - 19:44

I heard you the first time :D .


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 01:50

 

 

Sounds like a new version/charge to me...

 

I suppose that's possible - was just listening to the latest Q&A Session with Brian Goulet, though (http://www.inknouvea...open-forum.html), and he fielded a couple of questions (#16 and #17) from customers whose experience of 54th Mass. was similar, i.e. a wetter rather than a drier ink. I've never found it to be dry, but had it in a Diplomat pen just recently, and it was definitely too wet for its own good!  For mine, best in Fine to Extra-Fine nibs - at least with the ink that came in my bottle. Just sayin...



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 15:03

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I was interested in trying this when it first came out, but then a lot of the reviews seemed to show this with a greenish overcast to the color, which isn't what I wanted. But your review seems to show it as more of a straight blue-black. So now it's back on my radar again for the next time I have money to order ink samples....
Anyone know whether better paper would elicit more shading? Or make for slower dry times?
Also: @ jhataway -- could you post scans of your mixing results? Thanks.
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Ruth, I had a pen inked with 54th that I took to a pen club meeting a few months ago and had written with it in my Franklin planner. There was someone there who had a Pilot Prera (I think) inked with R&K Verigris. I wrote with her pen right below where I'd written with 54th. The color looked very similar except that I saw more green in Verigris. I don't know if you've used Verdigris before but I thought I'd post this as a bit of a non-pictoral comparison.

 

I know you originally posted your question last year, but I thought I'd post this anyway. Did you ever get a sample? I'd be happy to send you one if you send me an FPN message.



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 23:03

I like this ink a lot. I prefer it in medium to bold nibs. Seems like it dries out too fast in my fine nibs.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 17:59

I am using this ink routinely in a Franklin Christoph Piper and have not diluted it during its use. I like it very much as once dry it's not running or smudging on porous or glossy papers. I have also had numerous hard starts and have to dip it in water to get the nib wet and the ink flows well until a short period to dry out the nib.

I also find it changes colour is sorta dull if I shake the bottle and it's a nicer blue if I just fill it without shaking first. I suspect some aspect of the ink separates without agitation. I cringe at mixin inks but may add some purple or blue ink later to see if the blue can pop just a little more when it dries and still rely on its water resistance if someone happens to spill water on my paper.

I use this ink for baseball line up cards and thus far it holds up in the rain until the paper disintegrates in the worst of storms.

I would recommend this ink as an excellent ink for anyone with a budget and who wanted to have water resistance.

Great review thanks for posting.

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