Reconstituting dried ink in the bottle?
Posted 11 April 2008 - 16:03
Unfortunately, my experience with ink has been limited to Sheaffer Skrip Black in cartridges and Levenger's Cobalt Blue. This is my first exposure to vintage ink.
So what's the general advice on reconstituting dried ink in a bottle?
I was considering adding some distilled water. I figure I'd add only a 1/4 bottle's worth of water, then shake vigorously. I'd let it sit a day, shake again, and wait another day.
Are there things in old Skrip that upon evaporation disappear (phenol? fungicides? surfactants?) such that I need to add stuff like InkSafe or SterilInk?
Do I need a fuel filter too?
Posted 11 April 2008 - 16:33
Of course, if you add 1/4 bottle and it doesn't all dissolve, then it might be because you have more than 1/4 bottle worth of powder. If the resulting ink seems pretty dark, ad more water and see. I wouldn't worry about the fungicides off-hand, but it might not hurt.
You could try filtering - I have done that, but I am not sure that it worked out so well.
You should get a Yink, I think.
- Dr Suess
Always looking for pens by Baird-North, Charles Ingersoll, and nibs marked "CHI"
Posted 12 April 2008 - 14:12
Posted 13 April 2008 - 02:42
1) The bottle cap corrosion is probably caused by the Skripwell design itself. By forcing the user to flip the bottle upside down, the chances of ink getting under the cap seal are increased. Nonethless, I replaced cap seals with cutouts from foam disposable plates. And for additional water resistance, I rubber cemented the seal to the cap.
2) Shaking reconstituted Skrip vigorously can result in "foamy" ink.
3) More than 50% of the bottles came out blue black or dark teal. I'm not sure why some rehydrated inks were blue while others were not.
4) No moldy smell. All the rehydrated inks smell like Skrip.
Here's a sample of the various inks with a dipped medium flex nib, (extra?) fine Sheaffer Triumph nib, and medium Sheaffer NoNonsense nib. Sorry about the color and white balance. I don't have a scanner readily available.