Normally I clean out my fountain pens thoroughly before putting in a new brand of ink (or even a new color) into the pen...but back in the old days when fountain pens were extremely common, would it be common for someone to skip the washing part when they ran out of ink (say Waterman blue ink) and they only had available Parker or Sheaffer blue ink? Basically, what did people do when their pens ran out of ink and the ink originally in the pen wasn't available...would they simply dip their pen in any available bottle of ink and fill it? Or would they just resort to using someone else's pen or perhaps have a backup pencil (or pen)?
How saturated were the inks back then? I typically like only black ink, and there are not many companies that offer a very dark black ink. Sometimes these inks come out gray and even write dry. Even when I switch up with blue inks, sometimes the popular brands like Parker or Pelikan just seem too washed out for my liking. Were the inks of the pre-ballpoint era the same way? Or was it possible for consumers to buy inks that were pretty well-saturated?
Also, which ink brands were most popular back in the day?
Finally, the question why I didn't put this in "Inky Thoughts" (in addition to the fact that the questions more revolve around history): Was the common paper (e.g., notebook, looseleaf, notepad, etc.) more fountain pen friendly than the common paper of today?
Edited by tonydent84, 21 June 2012 - 20:23.