Hi, all. I'm new here. For decades, I've drawn cartoons with various technical pens. Koh-i-Noors, Rotrings, etc. My favorite of all was a Rotring Rapidograph-- a model that is no longer being manufactured. I've been testing different pens, hoping to fall in love with a new pen. I like a fine or extra fine line, and the ink needs to be ABSOLUTELY WATERPROOF. (Apologies for the shout.) I put a wash over the line, either an ink wash or a watercolor wash and freak if the ink bleeds.
The complication is that I'm a lefty. I push the nib; I don't pull it across the page. If anyone has any suggestions about a good fountain pen for lefties, and a really serious black waterproof ink, I'd be "all ears."
Many many thanks.
I am a leftie and I have a few solid suggestions as to what works for me.
I was going to start a post on this as well but here goes.
Ink-wise, most inks work as long as they don't take too long to dry. If you use a finer nib or you are an underwriter, then dry time isn't usually such an issue. Super fast drying black inks which are waterproof include the Platinum Carbon, and also Sailor Kiwa-Guro nano which dries as soon as it hits the paper.
In general most nibs work very well for most left handers. I find that as a leftie OVERWRITER, that certain nibs that kind of hook downwards such as Conway Stewards, tend to work less well as I push across and downwards the page. I find nibs that have a slight curve upwards are very forgiving and till this day, my pens that write the best are pens with nibs that are slightly curved upwards.
Note that this won't be an issue if you are a leftie UNDERWRITER, all nibs for underwriters (left or right) work equally well.
Here are some pics to illustrate what I mean by the nib being just slightly curved upwards. Sorry for the poor quality photos, poor lighting and all that, photos were done on the fly.
Somehow these nibs are very very relaxing to use as an overwriter for me. I notice that a few nibs that I own that curve downwards just dont work as well even though they have been worked on by a nibmeister.
In general however, use whatever fountain pen you like.
These are my two cents. Enjoy and welcome to the club. Be prepared to end up spending a lot of money :DCheers,
Fountain pens are like weapons. They just make your pocket bleed so much.