I have finally run out of Baystate Blue in my Charlie and hope to have the dried results off my hands soon. I learned that burping a Charlie before use is as essential as burping a newly fed infant after feeding it if you want a good result keeping your clothes or paper dry.
Otherwise the nibs on all three Charlies are smooth and consistant. Fearing burps I only use them in practice sessions where I do not mind the gaseous blob products occasionally if I am forgetful of rewarming the barrel after a phine call and having set the pen down long enough to breathe and cool.
The Baystate Blue instrument took 5 weeks in use every other day to run out attesting to the reason for the early adoption of fountain pens for writers over dip pens. With the fine nib ink goers a long way. That counts if you are being paid by the word as they were in the old days.
Cleaning the finally empty pen is as easy as any eyedropper, UNLESS you wish to completely clarify the formerly clear barrel. Mine has repeated cleanings with no ink between cleanings -- and the barrel remains a pleasant blue tint.
For the price the Charlie is the second finest pen I have ever owned (and I am 76 with my last "free" pen being a gift Parker on my 15th birthday.) The arker was the last fountain pen I tried to use until October 2017.
Charlie ain't for everyone -- but the memory of what it stands for in freedom of expression's vault of imposition of terror to attaion censorship -- surely is.
Edited by Chmara, 11 February 2018 - 01:37.