Posted 24 July 2016 - 04:27
How do you get the bottle ink into the pen?
I have many Preppys in both 0.5 & 0.3, they all get fed mostly exclusively on Pelikan & Waterman after the factory Platinum cartridge runs out - I both refill the cartridge & install aftermarket converter, doesnt make much difference either way. The German & French bottles are a little dryer but they still write fine, no squeaks or skips.
This past week I opened several more new Preppys; I usually give the nib a quick go-over before inking. Check tines are level, most were ok except 2 needed a gentle nudge with thumbnail. A quick floss of the slit with the 0.03" shim and that's it, pop cartridge on. I don't bother washing new Preppys as they're hard to dry & hasn't made any difference in past.
After filling I'd stand them nib down until they start writing. Have noticed 0.3s do start faster, like 3-5mins. Some 0.5s have taken longer, sometimes overnight :/
If using converter, I fill that manually before popping on pen. Filling thru the pen usually fills up the section full of ink which later on seems to give a higher chance of burping a mess... and doesn't seem to make that 0.5 start writing any faster either. They just seem to want some time standing nib down to sort themselves out.
Other my brand pens which write even dryer than Preppys, adding a touch of Kodak PhotoFlo to Pelikan 4001 can help but it also promotes more feathering depending on paper used. Have not yet needed to PhotoFlo any Preppy, after hard starting they write fine until the cart is empty whereas some pens squeak to a halt even with plenty of ink still inside.
Am advised there are perhaps wetter Browns I can buy; bought a Sailor jar last week but not yet tried. Was also looking for brown in Iroshizuku but none in stock then.