Posted 04 December 2005 - 18:46
Is this a common problem for all Esterbrook nibs, or only #2668 nibs, or is it just something wrong with my nib?
I do have other nibs, but they are all fine or extra fine, and I prefer mediums, so if I can fix this one, or buy another medium will it fix this problem, or is it something I just have to live with?
Thanks a bunch!
Posted 04 December 2005 - 19:55
Check to make sure your breather holes are free and clear by using a pin or other small pointy object to clear them. The ink on the nib problem can happen if there is too much pressure in the cap when you take it off. It happens more often with friction fit pens, but can happen with screw caps too.
Also, make sure the nib is firmly screwed in to the base too, never hurts to check that.
Posted 05 December 2005 - 23:45
Thanks for the reply. I checked the breather hole in the cap and it's open, and the nib is screwed in tightly.
I guess I should be more specific about my problem. The longer I leave the pen alone, the more ink is on the nib. If it sits for 2 or three days, almost half of the topside of the nib is covered in ink, but if it sits for 3 hours, there is just a bit of ink around the feed hole and slit.
I'm stumped, like I said, I'm not sure if it's a problem with the nib, or maybe it just doesn't like Waterman's ink.
Posted 05 December 2005 - 23:50
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 00:33
How is the nib normally? Dry writer, wet writer? Tends to flood, blob or anything unusual?
BTW, I do have this problem on a little school pen Maja found that has a sailor nib. It's an XF nib, and the pen was converted to an ED filler. I am thinking it was due to the conversion (ie sealing the section / nib part at the barrel threads). Since the cap has no breather, I was assuming that the pressure and temperature changes was 'pumping' the ink to the nib as there wasn't a chance to equalize. Perhaps I'll poke a hole in the cap to see if that changes the effect...
Posted 06 December 2005 - 03:25
Gravity has a way of showing off it's stuff when the nib is facing down...if you already know about this, my apolgy...it was news to me when I was learning.
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Posted 11 December 2005 - 17:30
Posted 11 December 2005 - 19:47
In my accumulation there are a few vintage and modern lever fillers, and most have this problem.
BTW, tiny leaks in the sac (pin holes) may lead to the same problem. If the holes get slightly bigger, you may get ink blobs coming out, occasionally. The solution to this problem, is to resac the pen.
HTH, warm regards, Wim
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Posted 20 December 2005 - 00:54
Posted 24 February 2006 - 06:40
A few hints:
1) Fill the pen everyday - this will allow the air in the pen to equalize pressure with the outside air before things get out of hand.
2) Store the pen upright, the same as it would be clipped in your pocket: nib up.
3) This last is something Sam Himoto, at the Universal Pen Hospital in Chicago, once taught me: If you're putting the pen aside for awhile after having it inverted - i.e. you've been using it to write with - the small air bubbles that have been bled in to replace the ink you've used may not move to the top of the pen. Hold the capped pen upright - nib up - near the top of the cap with a couple of fingers and "flick" the the lower part with a fingernail of your other hand three-four times. This will hopefully joggle the air bubbles loose and cause them to combine at the top of the reservoir, where they can "breath" - expand to the outside atmosphere - without forcing part of the ink load out also.