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Small Comfort For Dip Pen Beginners

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#1 rwilsonedn


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 21:14

I was reading the 19th century writer Wilkie Collins the other day, and ran across the following bit in "A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts" from about 1852. Mr. Potts, the speaker, is a, shall we say, unrecognized genius as a painter and not all that comfortable with other media either, apparently:


... I could add yet more, were I not unhappily writing with an Italian pen on Italian paper: the pen splutters inveterately; the paper absorbs my watery ink like a blotting book--human patience can stand it no longer ...


I thought this might bring some small comfort to others like me who struggle with the vagaries of dip pen use.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 22:14

I suspect the paper was not Fabriano.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 22:31

Don't struggle over the paper.


I use Staples, Sustainable Earth, sugar cane paper 20#.  About $9 a ream of 500 sheets.

Stood up to all the inks that I tried to use on it, and a lot of the inks are standard fountain pen inks, right out of the bottle.


HP 24# is also supposed to be good, at about $12 a ream.

Edited by ac12, 19 June 2017 - 22:31.

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 03:27

Wilkie, ask Dr. Who to bring you a Bic Cristal 1.6 mm bp.

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 05:17





Awkward moments indeed.


Thicker ink and pens with aux reservoirs (e.g. Brause Ornament) have lead to fewer dip pens imbedded in the walls, ceiling, floors, furnishings etc. It has been suggested that should I pick-up a dip pen, those of tender years are best shoo-ed out of range / earshot. 


We learn as we go, but sometimes not so quickly




Edited by Sandy1, 30 June 2017 - 18:09.

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