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#21 Retro-user

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:58

Is it possible to leave an ink cartridge in the Lamy Vista for a couple weeks without it drying up? I have found with past Lamys I've owned that such treatment results in a dried out pen - ink seems to have evaporated. I'm asking because I'm getting ready to use a Lamy violet cartridge in a brand new Vista and I want to make sure I can commit to that ink color for a length of time to justify using it.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 01:37

Is it possible to leave an ink cartridge in the Lamy Vista for a couple weeks without it drying up? I have found with past Lamys I've owned that such treatment results in a dried out pen - ink seems to have evaporated. I'm asking because I'm getting ready to use a Lamy violet cartridge in a brand new Vista and I want to make sure I can commit to that ink color for a length of time to justify using it.

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That is the problem with all pens, cartridge or internal filler. If left alone for a longer time (some pens suffer from this very badly, some stay ready much longer) the ink on the exposed parts, nib and external feed, will dry out and the pen will hard-start. This has nothing to do with the cartridge or converter, but with the air-tightness of the cap.

I don't know how long the Vista will stay "fluid". I would say: try it out.

 

There are some tricks to get a dried up pen working again Tissue paper is the best in my opinion. Wipe the nib clean, and then grip the nib and feed between thumb and index finger (with the tissue covering both) The capillary function of the tissue will draw ink. If this doesn't work (worse case of drying out) wipe the nib with a damp tissue (just tap water) or hold the nib under the tab for a few seconds and then wipe it with a dry tissue.

A method I use sometimes is wet my finger with some saliva and wipe the nibslit. That helps sometimes. It will earn you a lightly coloured finger...

 

If all these don't help you will have to proper flush the pen.

 

 

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 20:16

Lamy2000 dries out real slowly, so slowly that I would say it doesn't dry out.

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 07:30

I was travelling for three weeks, today I  uncap my Lamy Safari and began to write without any hesitation.



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Posted 03 March 2018 - 23:37

Lamy vista/safari/al-star all have drying out problems. No doubt. My alt-goldgrun ink gets darker and darker in these Lamys until it completely dries out. And this ink has to be in Lamy because of this characteristic otherwise, it would be messily illegible.

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 03:00

I haven't had problems with any of my 7 Vistas starting, save for one lately, but the evaporation does change the colour of ink, notoriously with green blues; my current solution seems to help, even if it's not exactly pretty, I'm just covering the "windows" with masking tape:

 

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A more permanent solution might be a Vista rollerball barrel, not sure this exists for regular Safaris.


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 19:30

If you're planning to leave a fountain pen unused for a few weeks and are concerned about it drying out, you may just want to put it inside a ziplock bag.  Cheapest solution that is pretty effective!  :)


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 19:44

I have tried leaving fountain pens unused for a few weeks, I have splendid results with Pelikan, TWSBI, Lamy2000, Kaweco, Wingsung 3008,698, Pilot, Platinum 3776 and Preppy, (Sailor).

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 20:49

 

I haven't had problems with any of my 7 Vistas starting, save for one lately, but the evaporation does change the colour of ink, notoriously with green blues; my current solution seems to help, even if it's not exactly pretty, I'm just covering the "windows" with masking tape:

 

fpn_1520132198__vista_masking_tape.jpg

 

A more permanent solution might be a Vista rollerball barrel, not sure this exists for regular Safaris.

Interesting. Wouldn't it be easier to just buy a spare part Vista rollerball barrel?

 


Edited by Astron, 04 March 2018 - 20:49.

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 23:06

 

 

Interesting. Wouldn't it be easier to just buy a spare part Vista rollerball barrel?

 

 

 

Easier but more expensive; although not ridiculously so; I've only found one store that sells them, in the UK though.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 06:22

I want to get this vials and test if works with a Waterman Kultur and some Lamy Safaris.
They have the same issue :(

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 10:01

"Vials". Funny. These are just petlings. Blanks for plastic bottles. :lol:


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 21:14

I want to get this vials and test if works with a Waterman Kultur and some Lamy Safaris.
They have the same issue :(

 

 

I ended up looking at similar solutions, took off the masking tape from my Vistas, I'm using several pen pouches but it;s no very practical. A wooden box with a glass window would be more practical but they get expensive quick... For 22 pens!


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