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White Crystalline Salts In The Feed

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#1 knygard

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 18:39

I have a 20 year old Parker with a medium gold nib. It sat empty for 15 years.  I used to use Mont Blanc blue and black inks. Now using Noodler's green.  When I inked it up it was renamed Skippy...verrry dry. I cleaned it with 10% ammonia, 90% distilled water, afew drops of detergent. 

 

Not great, so I did some minor nib adjustments per Youtube and that helped, but not great yet. I looked at the feed with the nib off...under a microscope... and saw white crystalline deposits, some kind of salts, in the capillary channels on the top side of the feed (the side just under the nib). I soaked an hour in cleaner, poked with a small pin and got most of the superficial stuff out. There are still a few deposits deep in the capillary channel.

 

Is there anything that might dissolve that?  I haven't re-inked yet, and it may be good, but I'd like to get all the salts out before inking again.

 

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 19:17

Most likely it's that those older Montblanc inks were iron gall.

Iron gall inks don't play well with other inks and can combine in odd ways and gum up a pen. Also iron gall inks don't like ammonia wash and can precipitate out.

Flush the pen with dilute vinegar, 10:1 water to vinegar. This will dissolve the precipitate in time. With fresh iron gall ink, it would flush the ink from the pen.
When the pen in cleared, flush with water.
Then the pen can be flushed with ammonia to clear color remnants and before filling a non-iron gall ink.

 

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Edited by cattar, 09 April 2018 - 20:55.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 20:14

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 22:41

Crystals is pretty odd. Iron gall might leave crystals but by definition they'd be pretty soluble crystals. it's the gall that's insoluble.

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 23:55

Most likely it's that those older Montblanc inks were iron gall.

Iron gall inks don't play well with other inks and can combine in odd ways and gum up a pen. Also iron gall inks don't like ammonia wash and can precipitate out.

Flush the pen with dilute vinegar, 10:1 water to vinegar. This will dissolve the precipitate in time. With fresh iron gall ink, it would flush the ink from the pen.
When the pen in cleared, flush with water.
Then the pen can be flushed with ammonia to clear color remnants and before filling a non-iron gall ink.

 

And, yes, welcome to fpn!

 

 

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 23:57

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 05:55

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