Two years ago in 2017 I remember posting a question about indian inks and their use for fountain pens. For years I have been interested in drawing with fountain-pens. Although I love them, I have constantly been disappointed that there is no way to use them with Indian ink and thus a drawing cannot tolerate watercolor afterwards (I know that there are Inks like Carbon etc that are similar to indian ink but not as black or water proof). I remember a pen made by Osmiroid in the ´80s that used Indian Ink but always dried out and was basically a nightmare to use. With this as motivation, I decided to work on this problem for a while. My approach was to try to keep the nib humid to avoid the ink from drying out in the first place, which ruins the pen. After lots of trials with small sponges and gels on the tip I came up with the idea of having a water reservoir in the cap separated with a special membrane so water vapor surrounds the pen nib. After six months of trial and error I was able to produce an impressive working prototype.
I've been working on the design and all the details of the fountain pen and finally I am ready to manufacture the IndiGraph pen.
The pen's characteristics are:
- Multiple ink capabilities: Indian, Calligraphy and of course regular inks
- Interchangeable German quality nibs (EF, F, M 1.1, 1.4)
- Ergonomic handle made from high quality aluminium
- Removable clip
- Large water capability that lasts for months
I have enclosed a PDF and images for your further information.
I would like to receive some feedback as I am planning to launch a quick starter to be able to manufacture it and I need some support (the idea, design, brand etc). Its been a huge effort, and I spent more than two years until I was satisfied with the final design.
I hope you find this project interesting, and would love to hear your thoughts.