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Strange M800 Inkflow Behavior

m800 inkflow problem

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#1 mccannel



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Posted 13 October 2016 - 04:24

Hi All...I am having a rather odd problem with a recent used M800 I purchased from the 90s.  It has a M nib and I am a leftie, and the pen has been filled with brown Pelikan ink that I currently use in all my pens.


When I write with the new pen, it moves back and forth as I write with putting very little ink onto the page, i.e. very dry, or sometimes very light, to putting normal amount of ink down as one would expect from a M M800 nib...it goes back and forth like that, very light almost no ink to normal ink.


My first thought is that it is a problem with nib/feed, just doesn't work with my left hand, has been worn in differently, etc.  So I take first a F nib from another M800 that is currently inked up and then another M nib from yet another inked M800, and try these nibs in the pen...and guess what, same problem!  Then I used the nib from the pen I just bought in one of the other pens, and no problem either.  So I concluded the problem does not lie with the nib/feed, but is caused by something else.


So I cleaned the pen out thoroughly and re-greased the piston with silicone in case there is some sort of seal issue that I will hopefully fix by re-greasing.  But no luck, the problem still occurs, regardless of what nib I use in the pen.


So I am hoping that Pelikan experts here on the forum can perhaps shed some light on what is going on and have suggestions as to what might fix the problem...very weird phenomenon...have not encountered before!










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#2 canibanoglu



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Posted 13 October 2016 - 06:55

That is weird indeed, have you tried with a different ink? The pen body plays no part in ink delivery to the page except holding the ink to be used and unless there's some weird blockage in the delivery to the nib/feed system, I wouldn't think the pen body to have an effect on what you have described. You mentioned that you have cleaned the pen but have you filled it with the same ink? Can you try the same ink in the other M800 you have mentioned?

I sometimes write about pens, inks and papers!

#3 mr2txaggie



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Posted 13 October 2016 - 12:32

I agree on trying a different ink. Perhaps some Waterman.

If your out-go is more than your income,


Then your up-keep.


May be your Down-falll!!!




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Posted 15 October 2016 - 20:03

Does ink collect in the feed's fins? I had that problem in an older M600 and decided that there was a hairline crack somewhere (although I never actually saw it).
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