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Scientific American Article From 1959, On Ink-Nib-Paper Relationship

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#1 TenBladeSummitar


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Posted 15 June 2019 - 09:31

An interesting article from Scientific American New Scientist (edited - thanks to those who pointed out the error), 1959, outlining the history of the development of quick-drying fountain pen ink, and how the ink and paper interact to influence perceived feathering or line spread. It also is clear how ink recipes can affect pen components or reliability thereof.



Edited by TenBladeSummitar, 16 June 2019 - 08:57.

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 18:11

The pages indicate they are from the British "New Scientist", NOT US "Scientific American"

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 18:12

Thanks: that was an interesting read! 


Correction: Scientific American  New Scientist :)

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 18:40

That was a very interesting read.  It essentially outlines the composition of Parker inks such as Superchrome, and reveals the function of their ingredients such as amyl xanthate, which I've often thought was the mysterious Solv-X, plus other puzzles you find in Parker ink patents such as bentonite (clay!).


Thank you!  I hope plenty of people find this thread and link.

Edited by Tweel, 15 June 2019 - 18:44.

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