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Lamy Z50 Ef Nibs Writing Wetter & Wetter Over Time?

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#1 mivox

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 23:43

I have three Lamy Vistas with EF nibs. At first, they all wrote with a nice, fine line, and moderate ink flow. In the last couple weeks, however, the ink flow in ALL THREE has gotten much heavier. Almost as though there was some kind of 'break in period' or something. I'm completely at a loss, but I want the ink flow back the way it used to be! lol

 

I have not changed the inks I am using in each one in months. One is always filled with Noodler's Zhivago, one with Noodler's Red-Black, and one with Noodler's Navy (diluted with a bit of distilled water). I do not think the ink is the issue, since the same pens, with the same inks, were writing much drier just last month. 

 

I do not think my writing style is the problem, because they're almost always used in my Hobonichi, and I'm careful not to put pressure on the paper, lest I dent the page beneath. 

 

I honestly haven't the slightest idea what would cause this kind of change? I have looked through the forums here, and have not seen anyone with *quite* the same problem (most people want to increase ink flow, or noticed a problem after switching inks). Hoping there are some ideas? 



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#2 prashant.tikekar

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 01:13

I also have experienced this with EF nib on my studio inked with Private Reserve electric dc blue. But I kinda liked that so not tried to find any solution.

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 02:45

Darn it!  ;)  At least I'm not the only one who's seen it happen.



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Posted 11 November 2016 - 06:14

You can try one thing. Use syringe refilled cartridge instead of converter and refill it as soon as half empty. This way flow is bit reduced as I have experienced



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Posted 11 November 2016 - 08:22

Use dry inks! Such as Pelikan 4001!

Edited by sciumbasci, 11 November 2016 - 08:22.


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Posted 11 November 2016 - 10:45

Hi,  I do think there is a difference in ink flow with brand new nibs and feeds, it likely more to do with the feed though.

 I have noticed that any new fountain pen will write 'wetter' after a few weeks of use, but the ink brand or mix will have a big effect on that too, and trying out some different types is the easiest 'mod' to test.

 Other factors are of course paper types, and temperature, for instance do the pens stay at home or do they get carried around in a pocket? A warmed up pen could well write with more flow, I have always found.



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Posted 12 November 2016 - 02:48

They usually sit on my desk, or in a pen sleeve in my purse... so, they're room temperature for the most part. I'll try the cartridge-instead-of-converter trick, and see if that dries them up to back where I like them. :-)

 

I'm not particularly interested in switching inks, because I spent quite a while trying to find three that I liked the look of on a page together. But I guess if this is a thing that just naturally happens over time, and I can't find a workaround, I may start looking for another 'mainstay' pen brand, with finer EF nibs. 

 

So, there's not really an option to alter the feed to reduce flow, then? 



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Posted 13 November 2016 - 18:50

Besides a slight opening of the tines due to use (think only visible in a microscope).

 

More flow might mean that your weather/climate is becoming slightly wetter and the writing mechanism of your Lamy is absorbing that ambient moisture.


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