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#1 Amory

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 18:41

An interesting blog on using fountain pens and ink from an artists perspective

http://www.lizsteel....a-fountain-pen/

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 19:22

Thank you for posting this.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 19:38

Thanks for the link.



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 20:49

This is also a nice blog post for comparing flex pens for sketching...

https://www.parkablo...noodlers-konrad



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 20:54

I have both those pens, so on a personal note, the Konrad is still a great pen 5 years later, while my dilli vomits ink and leaks despite a ton of cleaning and "greasing" the threads with silicon grease to help ink proof them.  No dice.  I've been trying to hunt down a step by step for turning the dilli into a frankenpen and putting a dip nib on it.  So, if anyone can point me somewhere for that...



#6 Ted A

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 03:33

Here’s another one http://www.larrydmarshall.com/
Start at the beginning and it’s a nice journey starting with using fountain pens and later adding paint to his toolkit
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#7 Amory

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 04:10

Interesting reviews of pens by teoh yi chie

https://www.youtube....exdBizmZ4DnxCd_

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 16:38

The best sketching pen I have is a Wahl Doric ringtop with a broken Adjustable nib. The slider disappeared in the mists of time, leaving me a nib with enormous flex that is sturdy enough to take into the wild. I don’t know if it handles quite like a brush, but I suspect it could compete with a quill.

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 20:11

Interesting reviews of pens by teoh yi chie

https://www.youtube....exdBizmZ4DnxCd_

 

This guy does a ton of great reviews on pens for sketching!  Vey thorough examination of the pens, too, in terms of capability.



#10 Amory

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 20:59

There are so many resources for fountain pens used by and reviewed by artists that I am in danger of spending more time being inspired than using the inspiration I already have.

With so many great links here already I have bookmarked this thread incase artists block strikes.

Edited by Amory, 09 March 2018 - 20:59.


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 17:00

The best sketching pen I have is a Wahl Doric ringtop with a broken Adjustable nib. The slider disappeared in the mists of time, leaving me a nib with enormous flex that is sturdy enough to take into the wild. I don’t know if it handles quite like a brush, but I suspect it could compete with a quill.

One of my best is a Wahl Eversharp Doric with a non-broken adjustable nib.  :)

 

Tangent: BTW, you might be amused to know that this is the first time I realized your username was sid-the-cat--after a lifetime of reading fantasy novels, I'd previously read it as sidhe-cat!



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Posted 10 March 2018 - 19:20

I used a 99 cents Selectum fountain pen  ( also under another brandname : Le Grip) refitted  with a  6mm Jinhao feed and a reshaped Zebra G flex nib ( costs about  1. $ US per nib) .  I added a Jinhao convertor  and that's it !  The pen is super light, weighing only 11. g rams. 

 

Some people refit the Jinhao X750 with the Zebra flex nib but the modified pen is too heavy  ( .e. a whooping 38. grams !! ) . 

 

 

 

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 20:23

I have both those pens, so on a personal note, the Konrad is still a great pen 5 years later, while my dilli vomits ink and leaks despite a ton of cleaning and "greasing" the threads with silicon grease to help ink proof them.  No dice.  I've been trying to hunt down a step by step for turning the dilli into a frankenpen and putting a dip nib on it.  So, if anyone can point me somewhere for that...

 

I just experimented changing a Hero 5020 ( Stainless Steel) fountain pen to a sketching pen . So far the result is excellent . Here is a summary of steps involved :

 

1) Buy Hero 5020  ( Stainless Steel ) on ebay.com for about 5 . $ US

 

( https://www.ebay.com...CkAAOSwgv5ZOQFJ

 

 

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2) Buy  6mm feed for Jinhao X450 on ebay.com  ( less than 2. $  US for 10 feeds )

 

https://www.ebay.com...m-/162759363560

 

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3) Buy Zebra  G Flex nib  (7 . $ US for 10 nibs)

 

https://www.amazon.c...K/dp/B006CQW428

 

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4) With  a small hammer & anvil ( any any hard surface)   reshape a Zebra nib  so as it fits snuggly on top of the  Jinhao feed . This is the most criitical

  step of the whole modification process.  At the start, when you fit the nib on top of the feed, you will see end of the nib slightly raised from the feed.

Now hold the nib by the tip  on a hard surface and  tap lightly on the  nib with the hammer , starting from the end toward the middle of the nib.

 

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After each tapping, check to see how the nib fits onto the feed . It took me about 5 minutes to get things right . The final result you are looking for is this : there should be no gap between the nib & the feed. Apart from a visual inspection, you can additionally check this condition by  first fitting the  nib on top  of the feed. Then with your index finger and the thumb , squeeze

the nib & feed together starting from the end towards the tip if the nib .  If you detect no movement at all, then the reshapping is acceptable .

 

 

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5) Insert  ( the feed + nib)   into the grip section opening  . The final position of the nib & feed should be as seen in the photos below :

 

 

 

 

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Note that this method works equally well for Jinhao X159, X450 and X750  . However, I prefer using the Hero 5020 because the internal diameter of its grip section is slightly larger than those of the Jinhao  pens just mentioned . In addition , the modified Hero sketch pen is 30% lighter than , say,  its Jinhao X750 counterpart  ( i.e. 25 grams compared to 38. grams) .


Edited by jobodine, 10 March 2018 - 23:38.


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 21:00

I’ll continue to sketch with my extremely boring stock pens.

#15 Amory

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 21:11

They are just pictures of pens.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 14:03

@ jobodine

 

YOOOOO.  Thank you for this!

 

ETA: Also, that is the cutest anvil I have ever seen.


Edited by larsenproject, 11 March 2018 - 14:04.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 16:04

@ jobodine

 

YOOOOO.  Thank you for this!

 

ETA: Also, that is the cutest anvil I have ever seen.

 

 

Here is a brand new anvil for you ...  :D :D

 

 

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 16:55

OMG, I want one just so it can hang out on my desk.



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Posted 11 March 2018 - 16:58

As an aside, fountain pens make for some great finished pieces too.  I did this on watercolor paper with a Noodler's Konrad and a Platinum Carbon Desk Pen (xtra fine).  Because all that shading is done in ink, it scanned and level adjusted really well.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 22:36

My handle is in honor of a cat I brought back from a sojourn in Dublin, so he might have been a sidhe...he was evil enough. He also had a sister who I named Nancy, which probably tells you all you need to know about his character.





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