So, I'm new and I'm hoping you all can offer some help. I started picking up pens this last year and, like my son with caterpillars, I seem to find them EVERYWHERE. Also like my son and caterpillars, I can't leave them where I find them. I hear their little voices and imagine them left to fend for themselves on the internet, in boutique pen stores or (gasp!) pen mills. So far I have avoided the pen rescue booths that I am sure are set up on Saturdays outside pen stores, but it is only a matter of time before I bring home some sad-looking brown and white fella who's been beaten up a little and just needs a break.
Anyway -- not the point. My first rescues were Viscontis. One was a Pininfrina carbongraphite. It's a stub nib and wrote great at first. But then it went south on me. Instead of a nice sweet multi-characteristic line, it dropped gushers. Big, thick crappy lines with little to distinguish them from my 3rd grade writing samples (lines which Mrs. Pratt thoughtfully told my parents at parent-teacher conferences were "not yet satisfactory," thereby earning me a prohibition on watching "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "Happy Days" until improvement... which occurred some 10 years later). It was a disaster.
Relief came -- oddly enough -- when the thing dried up. Which happened every time I used it. I'd seal it back up in its retractable little house, wait about a couple of hours, try it again and.... nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch. No line at all. Enough that Sergeant Schultz' knowledge would seem plentiful. A quick rinse under water, an absorbent cloth and VOILA! Back to writing....nice lines (but just for a while). So now I have a pen that writes lousy, dries out, requires CPR to get started and I'm running out of absorbent cloth. And then it ends where I don't want to be. Any ideas?
Problem #2 -- I followed problem #1 with a purchase of Visconti's beautiful Jacques DeMolay set. Also a stub, I've not used it (for obvious reasons). Should I sell it? I'm not a fan of wet and sloppy lines, so I don't want to throw money into fixing the unfixable, especially if that's just that nature Visconti.
Edited by Wolftrack, 17 April 2016 - 19:17.