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"modern Vintage" Flex Options…The Desiderata Pen Company

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#41 PrestoTenebroso

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 00:53

ive had the most luck with holding the underside of my dip nibs over a flame for a few seconds, then dipping into a cup of distilled water and then scrubbing it clean and dry with a paper towel.

and always avoiding touching with my bare fingers ofcourse.

 

i also wonder how the G nibs will handle being in a pen for extended periods in contact with ink.

The Zebra G does better than all the rest, but it will succumb to the inevitable eventually if poorly treated. If you take good care of the nib when you're done, I've had them last for months.

 

 

I really like your idea, it's really a poor mans flex pen, expect the heart break to crack a rare gold nib :-) Belive me, I know.
I do happen to own some zebra g-nibs (bought from jetpens), very flexy but also very scratchy, and to be able to use the nib, isen't it recommended to lick/burn/vinager treat the nib to be able to really pick up ink?
One other downside is, I once left the nib wet with water in a old sterling silver penholder, when I checked out the pen later, the nib had rusted and spred it into the metal parts inside the nibholder, so what I know they aren't stainless steel, they are chrome plated...or does it exist differt kind of nibs?
Next time you sell this pens, I'll buy one
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The nibs you buy from me will be clean and ready to use. There is a stainless option, but the flex isn't as good, and you pay a price premium. If you want to look at it as the poor man's flex pen, go ahead, but, I think you'll like what you can make it do. It's an elegant compromise for an imperfect world.



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#42 PrestoTenebroso

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 13:27

Purpleheart and Cedar flex fountain pen seconds are available at 33% off. If you want one, you'd better get one now, this will be your last chance. Details on the Etsy page.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 14:11

Purpleheart and Cedar flex fountain pen seconds are available at 33% off. If you want one, you'd better get one now, this will be your last chance. Details on the Etsy page.

 

I noticed it states:

 

"•For $10 additional through paypal, you can have a Nemosine .8mm stub italic or an EF IN ADDITION TO the Zebra G. Both are compatible."

 

Does that mean it's a #6 fitting? And if so would something like a Goulet EF fit (which is much better quality than those $6 Nemosine nib, in my opinion).  Was just curious after the fact as I just ordered one. 



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 16:53

HAHA, bought the last one!



#45 PrestoTenebroso

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 17:01

HAHA, bought the last one!

ROFL! I'll be damned. I thought that listing would be up for at least a couple of days. 



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 17:18

Fantastic. Where can I purchase one?? 



#47 PrestoTenebroso

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 17:25

https://www.etsy.com...n-pendifferent?



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:35

 

I noticed it states:

 

"•For $10 additional through paypal, you can have a Nemosine .8mm stub italic or an EF IN ADDITION TO the Zebra G. Both are compatible."

 

Does that mean it's a #6 fitting? And if so would something like a Goulet EF fit (which is much better quality than those $6 Nemosine nib, in my opinion).  Was just curious after the fact as I just ordered one. 

 

i can't be sure because i don't have a Nemosine nib, but i do have some G nibs and none of my #6 size feeds will fit inside it. including a Noodler's #6 size feed.
i have a couple vintage Waterman feeds for their #2 nibs, and they do seem to fit inside the G nib. though not as close of a fit as the Waterman #2 nibs, and i can't fit it into any of my Waterman #2 sections. 

 

id say the G nib is more of a #3 or #4, but i don't own any pens of those sizes.



#49 PrestoTenebroso

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 16:40

There is one purpleheart/cedar flex pen left.

 

Here's a picture.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:54

I, uh, may have snagged that last purpleheart/cedar one.  Too pretty to resist!



#51 KBeezie

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 21:14

A picture of the one I received today. 

 

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 21:29

A picture of the one I received today. 

 

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Very nice!



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 21:37

Uhh, where's the writing sample!? Great looking pen.


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#54 KBeezie

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 21:45

Uhh, where's the writing sample!? Great looking pen.

 

I've not yet inked it, I just got back from Missouri, and I usually do shots of the pens first before I try writing. Here's a scan of the write sample that came with the pen (as he tests it before sending it out).

 

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Close shot of the Zebra-G nib:

 

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interesting feed.

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Edited by KBeezie, 11 August 2014 - 21:48.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 22:00

EBONITE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I need to tone it down, my Konrad Rebellion Red Ripple and Noodler's Green/Black Ripple Ebonite pens might get jealous...

 

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D



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#56 KBeezie

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 22:10

EBONITE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I need to tone it down, my Konrad Rebellion Red Ripple and Noodler's Green/Black Ripple Ebonite pens might get jealous...

 

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D

 

Course from my understanding of the rather lengthy user manual that came with the pen, the Zebra-G nib will likely need replacing sooner than a Noodler's nib, especially as it get scratchier the more it's used. 



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 22:29

This is one of the few pens that would really tempt me. None available though :(

 

I really like the Zebra G as a dip pen. Don't find it scratchy at all, but then in my normal hand I seem to apply practically no pressure anyway. If adding flex then I tend to slow down quite a lot. 'Sides which, you get the cheapness of buying dip pens (a dollar per pen) with the convenience of a dedicated ink reservoir in a beautiful presentation case!

 

I Just hope Pierre gets his finger out and starts producing a few more.(You hear me Pierre? ;) )

 

EDIT: I was wondering how the feed would be done. Thanks for the pictures KB, now I know.


Edited by Cryptos, 11 August 2014 - 22:30.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 23:34

Ah. Thanks for the shots. Great pics. I look forward to a review. Vicarious thrills and all that, as I am on a pen fast at the moment.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 23:42

Wow.  I'm torn between the black one with a window, and the wooden one... really remarkable work, here!  The only thing that might hold me back from the wood one is that I prefer a pen that posts, but even so, that's gorgeous.


Edited by trdsf, 11 August 2014 - 23:44.

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#60 KBeezie

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 00:29

Ah. Thanks for the shots. Great pics. I look forward to a review. Vicarious thrills and all that, as I am on a pen fast at the moment.

 

And some quick scribbles with some Diamine Grey. 

 

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Edited by KBeezie, 12 August 2014 - 00:29.






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