Just wanted to throw an update out there.
Pics of my pen can be found here:
I finally got around to cleaning out the pen and needed to take some time to determine which ink to put in it first.
I pondered just running Iroshizuku Take-sumi as the first, but...no...black is too bland for this right now.
I look through all my colors...and blue being my favorite, I had a couple to choose from, but then I remembered that I already had 2 other pens inked up with blue....didn't want to go into blue overload.
So I thought Orange or Green, and decided on the Noodler's Habanero.
After inking and initial writing, the pen would hard start quite often and had some skipping issues, then would run extremely dry.
I did notice that the feed and nib were misaligned. I corrected that and it started writing better, but still a little dry for my taste, so I opened up the tines on the 1.1mm nib. It is now flowing fine, but is still a little narrower a line than I had hoped. I'm comparing it to the TWSBI 580 Diamond with 1.1mm and the Goulet 1.1mm nib I have used in the past. It's line is much more like the 1.1mm stub in my TWSBI Eco.
No matter, though, it is still a great pen that writes superbly now with a few little tweaks out of the box.
I have not had a chance to get into the clear and black 5A.
Quick question, are the eye droppers from Ranga ready to go when they arrive or do I need to apply silicone grease to the threads? I don't currently have any silicone grease as this is my first eyedropper, but can get some locally. I guess I could test it with just water and see if it leaks any, thought I'd ask the great group here first before making a potential mess.