QUOTE(dcwaites @ Jun 8 2008, 09:43 PM)
QUOTE(KCat @ Jun 9 2008, 05:21 AM)
QUOTE(Stevopedia @ Jun 7 2008, 06:50 PM)
The tooth has actually mostly disappeared after a little more use, along with the nib becoming wetter.
Is there a nib 'break-in' period? If there isn't, I'm at a loss to explain the AL-Star's gradual improvement in the nib section.
If you didn't flush it before inking, it could be just manufacturing oils have been worked out and allowing better flow which means a wetter nib and smoother write.
I don't believe much in a break in period for today's tipping but many do. It can take a little while for feeds to be fully coated with ink such that good capillary action makes for good flow.
I second the thought that it is the feed that 'breaks in' by getting wetter as it goes. I think there is so little abrasive action with most papers that you are not significantly wearing the nib tip over a couple of days.
I normally ink and use a new pen straight away, but it it seems to be a bit dry, then I will give it a good soak and a flush with dilute detergent (and rinse well, of course). Almost always I will get an immediate improvement.
If a nib is particularly dry, it may have some crud in between the tines. Remove the nib (follow these instructions
for a Lamy Safari/Al-Star) and slip the edge of a piece of paper between the tines.
I did flush the pen with water using the converter before I inked it. Now it writes beautifully--I was just wondering what made it change so much for the better!
Thanks, guys, for putting up with my newbie's ignorance. I never would have thought of the feed being what caused it.
Nice choice for first fountain pen, and now you are hooked .
You're right on both counts, I'm afraid. Not only do I really
like my Al-Star, but I want more pens too: a Pelikan M200, a Lamy 2000, a user Parker "51", a Cross Century II or Townsend...
*sigh*.... I've officially Caught the Bug...
Edited by Stevopedia, 09 June 2008 - 21:11.