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Vanishing Point Feed: Removable?

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#1 MythicalUnicorn


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 02:56

Does anyone know if the vanishing point feed can be removed from the metal unit?  I like to tweak feeds by deepening the ink channel, and I can't tell whether the channel ends at the transition to the metal collar, or continues under it.  If I go to the trouble of deepening the part of the channel that is exposed when I take the nib off, I wouldn't imagine that doing that will have any effect on increasing ink flow if the part of the channel under the collar hasn't been deepened as well. 


Also, I usually shove a razor blade down the slit at the same time, and the combination of those two tweaks seems to increase flow nicely. Anyone out there have an opinion on whether the tweak to the feed channel is not really doing anything and just the tweak to the tines is what gets me the result?

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#2 Inkling13


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 03:15

I have no idea why you do that to your pens. I pray i will never buy a used pen that has been through your treatments, as it sounds like a snuff film. And no, the VP nibs are not separatable fron their units AFAIK.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 03:31

I find ink channels to be not a problem, instead, I look at, and work on air channels. Air exchange is usually not fast enough.

#4 Lester Brooke

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 18:11

I find ink channels to be not a problem, instead, I look at, and work on air channels. Air exchange is usually not fast enough.


How do You work on air channels?

The Pilot Vanishing point F and EF never gave me reason to try and adjust anything. On the other hand every Jinhao 599 (in all, three )  i purchased wrote well to begin  with, but after some use develeped an unreliable inflow, not remedied by widening the ink channel. I found out that it was a rhythmical phenomenon, giving the impression that air was passing with difficulty back in the converter, and each small bubble was preceded by ink starvation, and followed by OK flow. My attempts to widen what I supposed was the airs path through te feed and pen were not successful. 

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 22:54

I'm sorry but I can't imagine why anyone would go anywhere near to a perfectly well designed feed with a razor blade.  :yikes:


Hopefully the feed isn't removable and therefore survives intact.  -_-


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 04:51

I would say, try a 'faster ink'. I tend not to do anything to pens these days. Changing the paper and ink would be alot safer :)

I wouldn't use a razor on ink channels of feeds because this would alter the path and smoothness of ink flow and might disturb the natural capillary action. A feed could end up flowing slower or unpredictably after 'widening ink channel', ironically, and this certainly would not be an improvement.

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