QUOTE(wvbeetlebug @ Jan 26 2008, 11:25 AM)
Forgive me if this topic has already been discussed. I tried to search the forum and couldn't find what I was looking for.
I've been using a ballpoint pen or Uniball Signo 207 for check writing. I would like to use a fountain pen, but I am concerned about check washing.
Do you use a fountain pen to write checks and if so which ink are you using?
Guess what? Ballpoint isn't all that safe. The 207 is good to go.
I now use fountain pens for just about everything, including check writing and receipt signatures.
For my checks, I use Luxury Blue ink (bulletproof, like the Legal Lapis). It dries quickly and won't wash out, and it flows smoothly. I've been using my Lamy Al-Star for thermal paper receipts, as the medium nib allows the ink to flow very well onto the paper. I'm not overly concerned about thermal paper receipts being altered, because the paper disintigrates pretty easily and it would be simple to know that it had been altered. I do still intend to put a bulletproof ink in the Lamy, eventually, though, because a lot of cartridge inks do just seem to wash away. I'll use Legal Lapis or Luxury Blue, probably.
For any contract I'd use bulletproof ink, as Paddler has said.
I went looking for it, but didn't find it right off. Someone here did a review with several different types of inks, including Noodler's bulletproof Luxury Blue, the UniBall 207, and a couple of other water resistant inks, ballpoint, sharpies, and non water resistant inks, and he did it on the back of a check. I think I'd be more concerned with writing a check with either ballpoint or non water resistant inks - they disappeared completely in his various tests, with little or no effort at all. The Luxury Blue and the UniBall 207 were the only inks to hold up in all of his tests.
It's also good to note that check paper and now some prescription papers have built-in tamper resistant features. I figure as long as I'm using bulletproof or near bulletproof inks on my checks, I will be pretty much be good to go.
Edited by kiavonne, 26 January 2008 - 19:19.