This is good news indeed. I’m still waiting to be allowed back into my office. My Lamy was not inked, but I had some 10-12 other pens inked in my office when I left in mid-March. I expect to get back in mid-June and can only hope that most of my other pens are as well behaved (although I’m pretty sure my Visconti Homo Sapiens will have a hard time starting).
Well, I finally got back into my office earlier this week, a full 4 months after fleeing NYC and abandoning a dozen inked pens on my office desk. The results were predictably mixed.
Hands down winners were my Nakaya Long Writer and my Montblanc 149 Calligraphy, both filled with Iroshizuku Kon-Peki, and my Pelikan tortoise M101N, filled with Edelstein Topaz. All three pens started writing immediately, making smooth, full and even lines.
Honorable mention to my Namiki Yukari Royale Vermillion, filled with Iroshizuku Asa-Gao, and my Pelikan 400, filled with Edelstein Topaz. These needed just a little help (I wet the nibs with a soaked tissue) but then wrote as though they were just filled yesterday.
Other pens did not fare so well, including a Montblanc 138, a Waterman 7, a Conid Bulkfiller and, as expected, my Visconti Homo Sapiens. In fairness, a couple of these were not tightly closed (who knew it would be 4 months between uses). My biggest disappointment was my Franklin-Christoph 31 with Mike Masuyama nib, which was filled with Diamine Bilberry; it didn’t write smoothly even after wetting the nib. I suspect in that case it was more the ink than the pen.
To be clear, I will thoroughly flush, and if necessary, disassemble and clean, all of these pens. But among the lessons learned are (1) keep fewer pens inked (there have been a number of threads on FPN on this topic) and (2) make sure pens are tightly closed when not in use.