These MB bottles are tiny. Being on a @#%&*# = budget in less colorful English, I will not be filling pens to test it. I'll be dipping, until I find the best nibs.
I normally fill 8 pens of assorted widths and flexs to test an ink.
This time I have to add a dry semi-flex and a wet semi-flex.
I was at my B&M bright and early. Sigh they didn't have MB Meisterstuck Diamond Blue.
OK, I took the bottle of Seaweed. (supposed twin brother of Racing Green...I must say it looks like I'm going really have to find the nib and paper for that. It did not seem to be the
ink. Well murky Green is a main color variant. Some great poster did some 40 of them. Used the shop's MB 144 F(=M) on my Southworth Resume 100% cotton watermarked Linen styled Almond paper.
Just noticed it's Almond ...which can make a huge difference to the ink. Going to try that on some Oxford Optic 90 g ( a very good paper = 90 g Clairefontain Velvet), and some other better white paper.
So stupid, I was in such a hurry to buy better paper the few weeks I was in the states this year, I did not notice it was laser+ink jet paper.(no wonder the ink didn't impress me; the paper soaked up the ink too fast.)
Had I noticed it was also ink jet paper,
I'd never bought it. That ruins a paper for fountain pens, in it absorbs the ink too fast, allowing not enough shading.
That means I spent a fortune for substandard paper; laser and
ink jet paper.
...could well be great printer paper, but it is not fountain pen paper.
five packs of Southworth 'good' papers are laser and ink jet. I paid a Kings Ransom for printer paper
, thinking I was getting 'real' paper. I could have bought two or three more bottles of grand bourbon and paid the import tax back in Germany.
There I'd been as happy as a pig in the flower bed...just goes to show you buy in a hurry, repent in leisure.
Stay away from ink jet paper. Unless you are using supersaturated ink.
A years worth of my paper budget into the printer.
The good news is the ink Seaweed will be better than my ex-good paper showed. I'd taken some "good"
paper with me.
Back to this morning. Well my wife is a great one, @11:00 she called me up from work so I could take the trolley down town before it got hot. Been there and back.
After being told, got no Diamond, my bifocal eagle eye spotted a small blue box. "What is that?"
"Oh, that is sold only with the Mozart fountain pen."
What Mozart ink? Never heard of it on the com.
She pulls out the box, showing me it says blue.
I turn the box.
MB Meisterstuck Diamond
Pens to be dipped...the bottle is small.
@ 1950 Artus with a Degussa easy full flex/super-flex F.
P-120 ('50s-65) Pelikan F, in often a regular flex F or M will shade well, better than more flexible nibs; depending on the ink and paper.
Geha 725 semi-flex F a dry writer. (early 60's-72) In the OP said the ink was very dry. I need to see how it affects my dry writer.
'60's Clipper 'no name' with a Rupp screw on nib that fits it. The Rupp is a very flexible maxi-semi-flex/'flexi' F. Rupp was one of the Heidelberg nib makers, a very good one. The company lasted from the '30s-mid '60's perhaps a bit longer. Ball points and Bock did it under. Degussa nibs died about the same time, but Degussa as main business made plastic excluding machines and is still around. They bottom lined nibs.
Seeing how I am only dipping, the 400NN maxi-semi-flex/'flexi' OF will be used. I need to see how the vintage oblique does with this ink.
M400 tortoise '90-96, a 'semi-vintage' with a tad more springy regular flex than modern. M. Some times a regular flex F or M will shade better than expected.
Geha 790 KM, (K=kugle- which is that a round ball under the nib...not a 'normal' grind on German pens on the whole of this era. ('59-60 to 65') It was the normal American and perhaps English grind. This is a wet writer.
MB 234 1/2 Deluxe KOB Semi-flex, a 1 1/2 tier MB pen '52-55 only for them who did not like the 146-9 shape. A very refined version of the pre war 139.
Pelikan 605 BB=BB1/2 the only modern pen used. It runs a bit fat, being modern.
The rest of this report will come with what papers were used. Including the Southworth papers. I have others in limited supply.
In that some folks know we go to the flea market to sell we get given boxes of things..for free. It's no wonder I can't get my mini-cellar cleared out enough for a standard case of bottled beer.
I was given an ink jet printer...and only by accident did I find out it is a scanner. There is no way I'm going to spend a fortune on ink jet cartridges, but a free scanner is something else.
Great I'd not had a scanner in a decade since they didn't do what I wanted them to do. Copy pages out of books and allow me to cut and paste.
Just remember LA was not built in a Day!
My paper is not organized.
Rooster Scratch will be scanned, as soon as I find where to stick the hand crank, on this gismo.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 13 August 2012 - 11:32.