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#1 Inkroyable

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 17:33

Good afternoon,

I have some Ballpoints, Rollerballs and Pencils that have slippery metal grip sections. Until recently they have been frustrating to use for lengthy periods.

Last week I came up with a solution. First I removed the offending grip sections then cut and pushed appropriately sized pieces of heat shrink tubing over the shafts of the grips. Next I used a clean burning lighter to heat and shrink the tubing. Voilá . . . instant non-slip grip.

Note - on writing instruments with tapered grips the tubing can be slid on or off as desired.

Just a word of caution, ensure the grip section does not have a combustible inner liner or plastic parts that may melt or burn.

See photos of a slippery Kurutoga pencil and Sheaffer ballpoint that have been 'fixed' using this method.

I would appreciate hearing of other means FPNers have solved this issue.

Edited by pyotrkot, 11 May 2017 - 17:36.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 22:39

I would have thought the "fix" for the Kuru Toga would be to have bought the Roulette in the first place. :P



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:48

I would have thought the "fix" for the Kuru Toga would be to have bought the Roulette in the first place. :P

Or the rubber grip model too ;-)
At the time, residing in a small town whose Walmart had only one model to choose from hence the need for heat shrink tubing now. LOL
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 09:47

Excellent idea! Good thinking:)

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 15:45

Nice tip!  I never would have thought to use heat shrink tubing, as I've only seen narrow diameter examples of it used to cover over soldered wires.  But that's great to know there's larger diameter tubing, enough to slip over a section.  Brilliant!  :thumbup:


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 22:18

I tried that on a slippery Nemosine fountain pen and it worked great until I dipped it.

The ink wicked under the heat shrink tubing and it slid right off.

 

I used wrapped thread and super glue as a fix.

Kind of how they hold eyelets on fishing poles.

 

It felt great before the dipping and it could work if you used an ink syringe to fill the converter every time.

So far as regular pens go, I'd recommend it.


Edited by Bordeaux146, 12 May 2017 - 22:19.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 01:05

I used wrapped thread and super glue as a fix.
Kind of how they hold eyelets on fishing poles.

I will have to remember that one.
Do you think the Nemosine pen would be more comfortable than a Metropolitan for long writing sessions?
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 01:18

I've never tried a Metropolitan.

 

I do prefer the Nemosine Singularity over the Fission because it isn't slippery.

It's also ten dollars cheaper and you can put an Ahab flex nib in it for more fun.

 

The Singularity is my favorite pen for under $100 and is very easy for me to write with.

 

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:33

I've never tried a Metropolitan.
 
I do prefer the Nemosine Singularity over the Fission because it isn't slippery.
It's also ten dollars cheaper and you can put an Ahab flex nib in it for more fun.
 
The Singularity is my favorite pen for under $100 and is very easy for me to write with.
 
https://www.birmingh...emosine_brandfp


Thanks for the link. I didn't realize the Singularity came in solid colors before.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:39

Excellent idea! Good thinking:)

Thank you, hope it comes in useful sometime.
I have discovered so many handy tips reading FPN forums.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 13:50

Nice tip!  I never would have thought to use heat shrink tubing . . . that's great to know there's larger diameter tubing, enough to slip over a section.  :thumbup:

~ Glad you liked this tip. I have been reading your Pen Review Corner, but slowly. If I am correct there are about a dozen articles thus far. Enjoying your thoughts and insights I do not wish to race through them.
~ "Writing with a pen is gradually becoming a lost art, due to the power of the computer hosted word processor. If you ask the average person to write something down on paper today, you'll rarely see good penmanship. It's a shame... " Totally agree with this from your home page.
~ Even worse, here in Canada cursive has been dropped from the curriculum in many school boards. Consequently a high percentage of young people cannot read it.
~ Personally, I think handwriting half a page or more is therapeutic. :-)

Edited by pyotrkot, 15 May 2017 - 13:56.

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