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Staying Inked? Best And Worst

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#21 pseudo88


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 20:14

Best Pelikan m600.

Worst: Parker Sonnet. Some wax on the caps seems to have alleviated the problem, even if it looks crude.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 21:39

best: Pelikan, Platinum 3776,

worst: hero 100

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 22:13

Best - a Nemosine Fission that I inadvertently left inked for a year and it started right up

Worst - Monteverde Invincia prototype - leaky cap, dries up in an hour. I sent it back for repair with a pretty clear explanation of what was wrong. They changed the converter and sent it back. It's sat in the box of unloved pens ever since and Monteverde has lost a customer, which is a shame because, when it writes, I actually like the pen.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 23:00

I have a number I would put in the "Best" category, the worst is much easier. Both of my Parker IM's.

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#25 tetto


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 23:13

I think ink is an important factor for this issue...

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 23:25

Best . . . Any of my Pilots; Falcon, 78G, 91, 912, Capless. Platinum 3776, Pelikan M30, Vac 700, both Viscontis, Parker Urban, any Preppy, both Conklins, GvFC Classic, Taranis, Tacchia Covenant, Lamy 2000, Namisu Nova, Parker 45, Intrigue, Expert.

(ie more or less everything on my desk)

Worst . . . Any Noodler's and I hate to say it, my treasured Edison Hudson. Bless it. One of my favourite pens to use but no matter what I put in it the blessed thing dries up after about a week of non use.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 00:15

I think we need to distinguish to be fair. The categories coming to mind are vintage or modern and gold or steel nib.


I really only have serious issues with drying out/hard starts with steel nibs, a tiny fraction in my collection. Worst is a Sheaffer (white dot!) from the 80s(?). Real vintage pens with steel nibs might skip the first couple strokes but usually write flawlessly after that.


A few of my modern pens (1990s and up) with gold nibs might have hard starts after standing nib up for a long time. The ones which NEVER skip are my OMAS and my Pelikans from that period. My vintage pens (1960s and before) with gold nibs never show any issues like that. I think that one key reason for this is the use of ebonite feeds in vintage pens. And OMAS used ebonite feeds till they went belly up recently. Pelikan managed to keep up the ink flow even after they replaced ebonite by some plastics, I don't know how, though.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:55

Best: all my Sailors, and any Pilot with a screw cap. They can go months and still write at once. Also, Kaweco Sport,TWSBI ECO, Pelikan 205, Platinum Century (of course), and somewhat to my surprise, Lamy 2000.


Worst: I love them, but I have two Faber-Castell Ondoros, and they are bad for slow starts if left for more than a day. I think the cap seal is bad, because the F-C Basic, with the same nib and feed, but a different capping mechanism, lasts much longer. 


When I pick up a pen after not using it for a long time, and it works perfectly, that substantially increases my affection for that instrument. 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:20

Some dry up after days or longer.  These can be revived at the start of the day.  If they continue to write through the day they are much better than the ones that dry up in a few minutes and then need a stiff wake up all over again.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 06:31

Best: My TWSBI Ecos, and a MB 146 I sold. Those would go months and start right up.


Worst: Noodlers Konrads followed by Ahabs.

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