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  2. In fountain pen world you get the same advice, and as I said, with sound basis: one maker cannot guarantee the ink produced by a different one will never change formulation as they have no control over them. So makers always recommend you use their own ink. Sometimes because it has been specially formulated to work better (e.g. drier inks for wetter fountain pens and vice versa). Not to mention the potential of FUD to keep customers loyal to the brand. Experience has shown that practically most FP inks are safe t use in any FP, getting at most hard starts if one uses a dry ink on a dry pen, or gushes if it is a wet ink in a wet pen. As for brush pens? I'd refer to other people's experience. When I got my Kuretakes, I researched artists blogs and pen sellers. As much as I could. Consense seems to be that FP inks are mostly usable on most brush pens, with perhaps the caveats I mentioned. Some examples: https://www.jetpens.com/blog/Fountain-Brush-Pens-Brush-Pens-That-Take-Fountain-Pen-Ink/pt/215 https://www.parkablogs.com/picture/review-kuretake-no-40-50-sable-brush-pen or even here
  3. inkstainedruth

    Fixing Pelikan pen

    @strsljen Clearly that guy didn't know how to use a fountain pen -- OR have the good manners to ask before picking it up.... I can't think of how many times someone has shown me a pen and then look at me funny as I tend to assume it's a twist of cap on general principle (so much safer that way than the alternative...). Of course, I've occasionally done the same thing with my OWN pens and then realize "Oh, wait -- it's not a screw on cap.... Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
  4. XYZZY

    Dip feed

    How is the nib shown in @DesAstor's pictures different from a Bock nib in a fountain pen? My dip pen experience is basically zero (other than trying and returning a Sailor Horoco), so perhaps that picture is obviously of a dip nib to those with more experience. But if it's really a Bock fountain pen nib, and the goal is a feed for longer writing (less dipping), then why not just use a fountain pen?
  5. Beechwood

    Parker Duette Moderne - where to get replacement lid?

    You have a better chance of finding a plain black cap, if you can cope with the missmatch, You may want to check the size of the pen in your hand, some of the Depression era Parkers are too small for larger hands
  6. 2ouvenir

    Chinese character studies 中文字學

    It is fun! And very relaxing. The more that joins the better, little activity on Chinese calligraphy in FPN. I am not good enough in Chinese to join the forums related to calligraphy in Chinese (I mean, I don't even know how to type in Chinese even if I knew how to communicate coherently; all the Chinese that I have scattered on this thread is ashamedly just copy and paste) so I just start my little corner here instead. And... you start at a good time! There are many good resources online on Chinese calligraphy. YouTube, various websites, even here in FPN believe it or not (you just have to go through the posts and threads). (Although tbh, I more often than not just look at a character and wing it. Disclaimer I did have calligraphy lessons when I was a young teenager though I barely remember the lessons. Nothing memorable, I don't think I even enjoyed it that much when I was that young.) For stroke order, I use this.
  7. strsljen

    Fixing Pelikan pen

    In this reparation video Epoxy "Ergo 7300" is used: As for M200 pen itself, I found some nice howto disassemble videos: Mario.
  8. Darthagnon

    Parker Duette Moderne - where to get replacement lid?

    Thank you for the information. I will keep an eye out. Maybe someone going through inherited relics will find the original, or maybe I can make a cap. Or just use it as a dip pen.
  9. Penguincollector

    Chinese character studies 中文字學

    This looks fun, and a good kick in the pants for me to pick up my brush and grind some ink. I struggle with the even spacing of horizontal lines and remembering stroke order, so I think I just need to start all over again. Once I actually get going, I’ll contribute. I haven’t written much of anything in Chinese for the last 20 years.
  10. yubaprof

    What pen(s) are you using today?

    Dilettante, yes, the shop is right on Ocean Ave. It's small, but very well appointed with pens, paper, and journals. It is high end with lots of eye candy pens. Whenever we go to Carmel I drop in to see what is going on. The staff is friendly and will let you try out pens, but don't expect any great discounts. After all, it is in Carmel! You can see the shop online. Have fun!
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  12. 2ouvenir

    Chinese character studies 中文字學

    Those who practise Chinese calligraphy should. It is a basic principle to have the horizontal strokes distributed evenly in space where applicable. There is even a name to the principle called 横筆等距 which roughly means "even spacing of horizontal strokes". There are hundreds of principles but this is one of the earlier ones, within the first few. So e.g. within the 首 I just wrote, there are five horizontals, all of which should be evenly spaced.
  13. Yes, I would call that impulsive... Went to Vienna today with no fountain pen in mind and returned home with 1 Exekutiv-Simplo-Wien from 2024 made from Red Ripple Ebonite from 1935 and with an old and truly amazing 14K Bock nib (VERY flexible) and 1 Montblanc 216 from 1955 - 1959 in Coral Red with an also pretty amazing and VERY flexible 14K nib, produced in Denmark. I have absolutely no idea how this happened.
  14. lapis

    Rohrer & Klinger Iron Gall Nut Ebony

    FWIW: This was the R&K LE of 2023, not 2024. BTW, they are not always issued once every year. As shown below, only about 1500 bottles of this LE were issued. They always go fast! ********************************************************************* Name of R&K LE ink Issued Made for = sold by Total # Der Blaue Reiter......... 2011...... Hokushin, Japan............ 500 Blau-Schwarz............. 2012...... R&K, Germany............... 1000 Efeublatt................ 2012/13... Tsutaya, Japan............. 1000 Blue & White Porcelain... 2014...... FWI, Taiwan................ 1000 Kaffee Kantate........... 2016...... Hokushin, Japan............ 1000 Aubergine................ 2018...... R&K, Germany........... ca. 2000 Kastanienbraun (maroon).. 2019...... R&K, Germany........... ca. 3000 Isatis (blue-grey)....... 2021...... R&K, Germany........... ca. 2000 Deep Pine Forest......... 2022...... R&K, Germany........... ca. 2000 Ebony (Eisen-Gallus)..... 2023...... R&K, Germany........... ca. 1500 *********************************************************************
  15. I-am-not-really-here

    The Never-Ending Story In Three Word Segments...

    Max plays sax
  16. 2ouvenir

    Chinese character studies 中文字學

    @RedPie I am using a Kuretake Fountain Pen Brush No.50 with the original pigment ink cartridge (basically a black pigment ink except it's specifically formulated for use in brush pens). It uses natural hair bristles (sable?), and I would say it is a somewhat of a small brush, but it's not like a tiny tiny brush. It's not a firm brush like in say Shikiori brush pens, it's soft and so I wouldn't say it is particularly good in English/Latin calligraphy, I didn't manage to write well in English with it, but that could just be me. It's basically like a watercolor brush except it is shaped like an elongated teardrop. I am not well-versed with how to describe brushes as you can see. Here is a review of it by a guy just note that the ink cartridges that came with his brush pens are for some reason different from mine. He says they are not waterproof, but the ink cartridges that came with mine are waterproof. Kuretake must have mixed and matched what cartridges they put in with their products. Anyways, I really like his illustrations, I want to be able to draw like him one day.
  17. Very many had pictures that no longer showed up in the 10-15 inks I looked at in Ink Reviews. How many of the IG inks retain a color and shading, after the normal 1 or more days until the ink has completed it's transformation.. Richard Binder ages ago, when the selection was more limited, said it too 24 hours for a full change of a good IG ink. I noticed with ESSR, which depending on the paper,** it changed before one's eyes from light blue to dark, near black, and or between thatand in that day, and at one day, two and finally on some papers three days to stop changing. ** on common copy paper often.
  18. DilettanteG

    What pen(s) are you using today?

    👋Hi Neighbor! Does the pleasure of writing have a brick and mortar store? Your pen and ink choice are making me long for a weekend at the seaside. Today I'm writing with my Pelikan M200 Blue Demonstrator with a customized broad crisp italic nib ground for me years and years ago by the talented Mr. Binder. It's given me so many pleasant hours of writing over the years. I hope he and his lovely wife are doing well wherever they are these days. His pens just go on ad on making my morning journalling better. It's filled with Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite. These easy, smooth flowing inks have really converted me over the years. They just pair so well with Pelikan's fountain pens. I hope they release a Golden Lapis M200 to go with the new ink I've got on order. Keep up the good work Pelikan! @AmandaW Love the pen case! My sleep addled brain initially registered it as a very literate sock puppet. 👍Now I've got the Reduced Shakespeare Company doing puppet shoes in my brain. Their speed, reversed Hamlet is particularly good.
  19. LizEF

    Rohrer & Klinger Iron Gall Nut Ebony

    Not anymore.
  20. What a great summary, @Mech-for-i! In addition to being the world’s largest market for fountain pens, or perhaps better said the largest remaining pool of fountain pen users, Chinese pen users also bring to the fountain pen community a long history, as I understand it, of users tweaking and repairing their pens, aided by pen makers willingness to provide parts individually. This is something you hear about from longtime Chinese pen users, something that even pen lovers elsewhere often don’t do.
  21. Ron Z

    What is on your bench?

    Snorkels are a royal pain to restore. Fiddly, and prone to messy damage when the sac fails. Until Martin at Woodbin died I was using his PVC sacs in every snorkel. I find that pens restored with the current PVC sacs don't fill nearly as well as with Martin's PVC, or latex sacs. When you restore a snorkel make sure that you put a good coating of talc on the sac before you put it in the sac guard. This will minimize contact with the metal of the sac guard. ...and don't use red ink, or inks that contain red, in the pen.
  22. VacNut

    What is on your bench?

    The snorkel is a clever mechanically cool mechanism to solve a minor problem. Most pens have either a twist, push button, or pump process. To combine two into a single pen is a bit over the top. Most people are amazed when they see the snorkel extend from the pen, like a mosquito proboscis. The telescoping feed reminds me of the early safety pens. Great pen, but hate to have to maintain them.
  23. I am afraid that it could be standard procedure for most disposable ballpoints or gel users. So, I don't even lend my Lamy rollerballs or ballpoints to anyone. "... A stack of uncapped stick pens that I'd take from my hotel room." That is what I use as well, except, I keep the caps, so that the pens don't dry out and can be re-used.
  24. I think, that in order to dismantle a mechanical pencil further the person had to trim a length of metal, thus sacrificing the pencil. I remember that being done on a Pentel yellow, 0.9 mm. The Rotring website has good info. type your Rotring exact model on a video channel like Vimeo. Do a search for that model, you might come across a blog from a European/Worldwide collector of Rotring who has the same problem.
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