Ladies and gentlemen,
I checked the repair Q&A forum but my questions are a bit more general I think so I decided to post here.
I'm new to "proper" fountain pens, used a fountain pen for decades as a kid and young adult, always liked that smoothness and speed featherweight pressure facilitates. Now I use Pilot Metropolitan - Fine nib. I was using Pilot black ink (see picture attached) that I got with it. Works like a charm. Extremely light pressure, high speed writing is a breeze and smooth. I saw the Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue which I used for decades is still made and around so I promptly got a bottle and to my surprise, it caused a lot of problems.
Pen required a lot more pressure all of a sudden. Really heavy pressure to the point of severly slowing down my writing. Even having to repeat some characters because they just got lost. Terrible to the point of uselessness. With medium pressure it would manage extremely thin lines or none at all. It would work okay if I flush it (with a drop of water still in the system) and a refill.
I use a rubber bladder converter that came with the pen.
- Nib is fine. I checked it, it's fine and changed ink back to pilot black and everything is smooth again.
- Is this normal, is the Pelikan 4001 ink just so "dry"/thick it just won't work with this type of pen?
- Is this pen generally known to be so sensitive? (because I doubt products like this Pelikan ink would stay on the market if most pens didn't work with it)
- or do I have a different problem with the pen that I haven't addressed?
- If's this pen being fussy, any recommendations on more ink-tolerant pens?
- If I have to limit my choice of ink to only the most wet ones, any recommendations? Looking for blue/blue-black.
Thanks in advance,
Edited by AmbassadorZod, 02 February 2016 - 14:06.