Posted 01 December 2019 - 08:37
My take is to logically separate the end from the means, the intended outcome from the (pleasure and/or method) of the process. If you want to write in a calligraphic hand or script that demands the use of a flex nib, then perhaps a dip pen with drawing inks that you wouldn't want to put in any fountain pen, let alone one that you like for its wet flex nib. That might work better with a larger variety of paper and card stock, still give you the occasion to apply your calligraphy skills and produce the intended outcome for your family and friends to receive, without making it about putting a particular pen to use or the enjoyment of such.
Obviously, if you don't have a dip pen and suitable nibs, or drawing inks that would do the job, then you may have to fall back on what you have on hand. Then, using that particular pen and ink becomes a constraint and a limitation, as opposed to the purpose you desperately want to serve with this exercise.
I recently had to write a whole bunch of place cards for my wedding reception, as well as thank-you cards for all the gifts. I was limited by the wedding stationery (previously used for sending printed invitations and RSVP cards) and place card stock (of a different brand), and I don't have any drawing inks on hand, so I tried six or so fountain pens (as well as dip pens) and over three dozen different inks to find combinations that will work, "wasting" several hours and consuming a few cards in experiments getting there.
At one point I found that a PenBBS 308 with the factory-fitted "mini-Fude" F nib, that had an "old" fill of Sailor Shikiori souten in it which hasn't been used for several weeks, produced pleasing sheen without feathering on the wedding stationery, while just about everything else feathered noticeably. However, a fresh fill of that ink in a different pen fitted with a Nemosine Stub nib failed to produce similar results; there was less sheen and more feathering. Given I couldn't just swap converters (with different-sized openings), I ended up making a new screw-in Stub nib unit with spare parts for the PenBBS 308 (which still didn't work as well), then tried condensing an amount of Sailor Shikiori souten in a beaker (which got me closer, but still not quite there), and so on... all because I was fixated with making things work the way I would like them to in writing the thank-you cards.
In the end, they didn't work, but eventually I found that with one particular Nemosine Stub nib produced something close to the results I wanted when Diamine Jalur Gemilang was used, but I had to make that nib drier to control the feathering. Looking back, I'm not sure that it was three hours (split over two evenings) that I consider enjoyable or well spent, when I could have just fulfilled my social obligations by writing the cards with a ballpoint pen, or even say in Sailor souboku pigment ink with a F-nibbed fountain pen.
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