I bought a 1980s 149. The pen is beautiful! Everything about it throws a nod to classic elegance. It also feels great when you are writing with it (posted of course).
I had a nibmeister grind it down to extra fine at a pen show recently and then the pen sat on my desk for about a month until the perfect ink arrived finally. I got a bottle of J. Herbin Sapphire. This is where the problems start..
1) You can not fill this pen from the J. Herbin 30ml bottle. It cant be done. I wound up pouring ink into a disposable shot size cup and filling from there.
2) It's still writing very wet. Less wet than before the grind down, but not as extra fine as at the pen show.
Possible causes for the difference:
The nibmeister had me try it out on clairfontain (s/p?) dot paper. I have clairfontain line paper, should be the same right?
The nibmeister dipped the pen into parker ink when he had me test it. Does parker ink dry that much faster than J. Herbin?
I think the only use I have for this every day write pen is to save it for signatures. Its not that usable for notes etc.
Please share your thoughts on this?
Edited by outsidephilly, 11 February 2019 - 23:15.