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Stray Ink On Modern Duofolds

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#1 pepsiplease69

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 21:17

Hello gang.
Im having a pesky problem with ink on two of my modern Duofolds. A Centennial and an international.

I dont toss the pen around at all. They are always gently treated. But in the course of a week of normal use I always get this issue.

The section collar where there is a golden ring and the nib starts, always gets covered with ink when I cap the pen.

Ive tried rolling up a tissue paper and try to clean out the insides of the cap and mop up any ink but the problem still remains.

The only sure way to get rid of the issue is to give the cap a good rinse and Im okay for a few weeks before it starts again.

Anybody else have these issues? Im afraid the metallic collar will eventually start to corrode due to constant contact with ink.

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#2 Chrissy

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 22:12

How do you store your inked Duofolds? Do they travel around with you in a pocket or a bag? If so it's ink getting into the cap, and I'm afraid it's always likely to happen.  :(



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Posted 21 January 2018 - 00:00

Bear with your pens. They are the way they are. :)
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Posted 21 January 2018 - 02:45

How do you store your inked Duofolds? Do they travel around with you in a pocket or a bag? If so it's ink getting into the cap, and I'm afraid it's always likely to happen.  :(


Yes they do stay in a pen case in my bag which I take with me to work every day, but I always store the pen case vertically in my bag so the pens remain in the nib-up position.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:14

Perhaps its a change in temperature. If your bag gets cold, the pen is more likely to develope condensation when it warms again. The larger the nib, the more pronounced the problem.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 15:18

The nibs are friction fit, you might try to -gently- twist and push them a bit further into the grip section. This worked for me, I used a small piece of EPDM to hold the nib and feed.

 

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Edited by dojocho, 22 January 2018 - 15:19.

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#7 pepsiplease69

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 16:18

Thanks for the inputs. Ill try pushing the nib and feed further into the section.

Ive given the caps on both Duofolds a good rinse and will try to not have the pen get moved around too much.

Maybe one issue is that keeping the pens stored nib up, the nib would dry out often. I always keep an eye dropper handy, filled with water. Just dripping a tiny drop of water at the breather hole gets the ink flowing well. Maybe this is the issue.

Ill keep the pens stored horizontally and not move around too much when not being used.

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 01:08

I gave the caps a good rinse yesterday and by today the ink was dribbling again.

I think something in the cap comes in contact with the path of ink and it gets drawn out due to capillary action.

Im trying now to not twist the cap on securely all the way.

It seems that the pen is fully capped at 2.25 turns. I think Ill do just one full turn and see.

It wont give me the warm fuzzies that my pen is secure but maybe it will avoid the unsightly mess of the dried caked-on ink at the collar.

Edited by pepsiplease69, 23 January 2018 - 01:09.






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