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#41 Wolverine1

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 14:37

Songbird- thank you for the title of your book of poems. 



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Posted 26 March 2017 - 14:54

I am usually worried about my pen walking off in this sort of situation. This may sound crazy to some. If I were in your position I would use a cheap Jinhao with a better nib put in it. I have a few of them that I put Nemosine Nibs in and they have been great for just carrying around. The nibs also come in medium and broad.  The 159's have snap caps so they are faster to cap and recap.

 

To the average person a 159 will give the same classic appearance of a fountain pen without the cost. They also have a nice weight.

 

As for the ink you can use just about anything in these pens. For the price they have a pretty decent feed. They also come apart easily so they can be cleaned. I personally would use a waterman ink. It gives you a nice interesting looking bottle to have sitting on the table. They also have tilted sides to make it easier to get ink out when the ink level is low.



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Posted 26 March 2017 - 17:33

Glad to hear that you like BSB. I just wish it played nice in all pens. I wonder if anyone has used it in their Twsbis without staining.

 

I've only tried it in my Plaisir, and I just cleaned it out and there was only a little bit of a blue-tinged stain to the clear part. But I'll probably only use blue ink in that pen anyway and it was such an inexpensive pen. I think I'd be afraid to use it in my TWSBI.

 

Congratulations, Songbird. But please, no more BSB for signings. Not only for the reasons mentioned, but because I came upon some notes I had written with BSB on ordinary paper, and the ink had sort of...drifted, blurred, floated. You don't want that happening to a signature. You want it legible for years to come. I understand the desire for Bright Ink, but even Skrip Turquoise is likely to be less fussy.

 

Thanks for the tips. That's really too bad about BSB. I guess I misunderstood and thought it was supposed to be a more durable ink, but from what I'm learning in this thread is that it seems very unpredictable.

 

I'll have to try Skrip Turquoise. Just ordered a sample of Noodler's Turquoise (I liked the shading), but I have no idea how that ink holds up.

 

I do have Diamine Marine and Noodler's Navaho Turquoise, and I really like both the colors of those inks.

 

I am usually worried about my pen walking off in this sort of situation. This may sound crazy to some. If I were in your position I would use a cheap Jinhao with a better nib put in it. I have a few of them that I put Nemosine Nibs in and they have been great for just carrying around. The nibs also come in medium and broad.  The 159's have snap caps so they are faster to cap and recap.

 

To the average person a 159 will give the same classic appearance of a fountain pen without the cost. They also have a nice weight.

 

As for the ink you can use just about anything in these pens. For the price they have a pretty decent feed. They also come apart easily so they can be cleaned. I personally would use a waterman ink. It gives you a nice interesting looking bottle to have sitting on the table. They also have tilted sides to make it easier to get ink out when the ink level is low.

I'm also nervous about losing a pen or having it stolen. How does the Jinhao 159 compare to the x750? I have the shimmering sands x750, and I don't love it. I did put the Goulet stub nib on it and it was much better however. As I mentioned in an earlier reply, I will likely try the Plaisir in a medium nib because my fine nib has held up pretty nicely so far, and I might just want a thicker line.

 

I haven't tried Waterman inks yet. So far I've tried Noodler's, De Atramentis, Diamine, Pilot, Pilot Iroshizuku, and J. Herbin.



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Posted 26 March 2017 - 17:34

Songbird- thank you for the title of your book of poems. 

You're welcome and thanks for asking!



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Posted 26 March 2017 - 19:56

The Jinhao 159 is HUGE. And heavy. But it writes well enough.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 22:44

The Jinhao 159 is HUGE. And heavy. But it writes well enough.

My x750 is heavy too, and that's the main reason I don't like it---even uncapped it's heavy. But it was much better when I tried the Goulet stub nib on it.







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