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#81 Honeybadgers

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 07:00

Normal ink should work just fine. Carbon ink can be a little trickier (hooded nibs tend to like carbon inks better than these exposed nibs and feeds) but standard dye based inks should write like any other FP. The dipping is only really important in bonded inks with a solvent.



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 07:06

Maybe that was the issue. It was J. Herbin’s Authentique Lawyers Ink. It has wood tannin in it, which isn’t quite the gum media that’s in a lot of other dip pen inks, but not sure what else they put in it. Thing is, it is surprisingly thin to wash off skin and even wash out of the pen. Almost colored water, like so many of J herbin’s other inks. But this ink is a smoky gray that supposedly darkens and even blackens over a long period of time, so ther is definitely something going on there. It isn’t an iron gall, which darkens over a matter of minutes to hours. This one take a lot longer, so descriptions say.

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 07:20

I don't know if I missed reading this or not, but did you guys find the pen comfortable?

 

How would you rate the comfort of it or compare it to a common pen?



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 07:33

It's a very average pen. Similar in feel and weight to a noodlers konrad.



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 16:19

I don't know if I missed reading this or not, but did you guys find the pen comfortable?

 

How would you rate the comfort of it or compare it to a common pen?

I don't have a Konrad so I can't speak for that.  But it is a bit wider than a standard and not nearly as wide as a Neponset or Ahab.  Very long.  Haven't put it back to back next to the Neponset, but I assume it is close or even longer.  The length is counterbalanced by the very light weight, though.  I hate a long pen and I don't even notice the length of this one.  Width-wise, it might be just a tad wider than, say, an Esterbrook SJ.  Just going by feeling, but that's the most important thing to me and it is just slightly wider than my most comfortable pen.  Maybe someone with measuring tools can be more specific on that, though.



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 19:47

 Haven't put it back to back next to the Neponset, but I assume it is close or even longer.  

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 20:25

Haha!  :lticaptd:I may wind up doing the same thing.  I had the Neponset for when I wanted a very, very wide line that I could put inks into which shine with that kind of line (like the shimmering inks).  Line isn't quite as long as the safety, but I'll bet it deals with the ink particles a lot better.  And it is more comfortable to hold then the Neponset.  Oh, if I can fit a vintage music nib into one of those safeties.......  There's a thought.



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 20:45

 

This is kind of misleading since the pen gets much shorter in the hand with the nib extended.



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 22:23

 

This is kind of misleading since the pen gets much shorter in the hand with the nib extended.

 

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 22:31

huh that's funny  :lol: I guess I just don't notice it since the pen just sits so well in my hand posted or not, the neponset just somehow felt longer. Maybe that's due to its width.

 

Regardless, this pen is a wonderful size for my tastes. It doesn't feel huge and as I said in my review, using it and having to retract/extend the nib just feels special. Similar to unhooking a visconti cap.


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 03:13

The length might make for a difficult EDC because i carry mine in my pocket but I still want one so bad. I hope it doesn't dry out right through the plastic like the Konrad and Ahab.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 05:33

The length might make for a difficult EDC because i carry mine in my pocket but I still want one so bad. I hope it doesn't dry out right through the plastic like the Konrad and Ahab.


A traditional safety pen is the most airtight pen ever made, I believe. And this one seems to return to those old designs. I would expect that ink to safely slosh around in a capped safety for months if not years. You shouldn’t see any drying out as long as it’s capped.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:56

The length might make for a difficult EDC because i carry mine in my pocket but I still want one so bad. I hope it doesn't dry out right through the plastic like the Konrad and Ahab.

I believe the problem with those is usually the resin being used; I have had no drying problems with acrylic Noodler's pens, and the Boston is Ebonite so I'm optimistic.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:30

A traditional safety pen is the most airtight pen ever made, I believe. And this one seems to return to those old designs. I would expect that ink to safely slosh around in a capped safety for months if not years. You shouldn’t see any drying out as long as it’s capped.

 

This has been my experience - I've had a vintage safety (my first) inked for over three months so far.



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Posted 04 January 2018 - 18:46

So jealous of all of you who have gotten one.  I contacted Pen Chalet and got told that they have no idea when they're going to be able to get more in.

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:18

So jealous of all of you who have gotten one.  I contacted Pen Chalet and got told that they have no idea when they're going to be able to get more in.

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Ruth, I love my pen, it was a gift.  One thing about it though, I had to have help to take it apart.  I wanted to take the clip out, and put silicone on those cap threads too.  I was afraid I'd break it, so we didn't do that one.  As far as the pen, I think it is outstanding.  I wouldn't mind having at least one more in the future.  I love the way Nathan designed this pen.  I think it is better than the vintage designs.  Pay close attention to his videos, before you use it.  I hope that some of that special ink comes out with the eyedropper on top of the bottle, before long.  I am using regular fountain pen ink so far with mine, and it works beautifully. 



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 03:15

I received mine yesterday. Gorgeous pen.

I had some trouble taking it apart. The second finial through which the shaft comes out from, was very difficult to unscrew. I had to get the section pliers out. But I managed to unscrew it eventually.

The nib swaps out nicely with the kaweco sport nibs. I installed my 1.5 nib on it first thing. I cannot abide the stock noodlers nib.

The pen sits very comfortably in the hand. I think it will be a bit too long if posted.

I had some flow issues originally. The ink supply sputtering out after a few lines. I completely took it apart and rinsed everything thoroughly. I applied dish soap to the feed and scrubbed it with toothbrush and that seems to have done the trick. The ink flows beautifully and generously through the buttery kaweco nib.

Awesome pen.

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 03:28

Another batch is shipping out to me tomorrow. Should have them on Monday. https://nibsmith.com...ton-safety-pen/

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 03:53

Pepsiplease69, yes my fittings were also extremely tight and that is why I had to have help.  I was afraid I would crack the ebonite we were turning it so hard.  We knew what needed to be done, but it was difficult to turn.  The cap on my Neponset was the same way, and I think that the early ones weren't as tight as the later ones...and they used shellac or something to keep the top of the cap tight.  Maybe someone with strong hand strength would have no issues, but I am a woman and think other women may have an issue as well.  I don't have section pliers, so we had to do this by hand alone.  I like the fact you can work on the pens by themselves without paying someone to do it.  That is a huge plus, and the o-rings are the way to go in my opinion. 

 

I had no issues with the pen as far as writing goes.  I cleaned the nib and feed before I got started, and it started writing straight away once I inked the pen. 








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