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  1. heleneleh

    Smell From Heated Ink

    One of my daughter's inks hardened and she took it upon herself to microwave it, thinking it would liquify. I realized she was doing this about 5-10 seconds in, and stopped her immediately. The smell emanating from the inkwell and the microwave, though, is horrific. Does anyone know if there is any danger in the fumes produced by doing this?? The ink just says "Aladine" on the front. Thanks!!
  2. Hi, My recently purchased Pilot Custom Heritage 92 will run very (especially on the upstrokes) dry after only a few words, but when i leave the pen for a couple of seconds it writes fine again I have tried everything to remedy this I have the Medium Fine Nib, and my ink is Pilot iroshizuku kon-peki I do not want to widen the tines because when it is not dry it is the perfect line width for me Is this a nib or a feed problem. Thanks
  3. lyonlover

    Sheaffer Legacy 2...is This Normal?

    Hello everyone, About a month ago, I bought a Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant and promptly returned it. That was the first fountain pen I'd ever bought for myself. It wasn't a very good experience (and I'm not whining about it either) and I was pretty disappointed. Then, fast-forward to three hours ago, the mailman rings my doorbell, I sign the receipt paper, and I whip out a box knife to unpackage my newest purchase. I'd bought it from a reputable fountain pen dealer in Wisconsin as a New Old Stock pen, and made sure that I had good communication with the seller. I play with the snazzy touchdown
  4. I've got a Visconti LE palladium factory stub nib with a piston/captured converter that writes beautifully for a bit and then peters out to nothing (basically, writes until the feed runs dry). I prime the feed again and continue writing until it dries up again. Prime, repeat the process etc. If the pen wasn't so gorgeous, and didn't write so beautifully when it does write, I'd likely pitch it. Looking at the nib head on, the nib looks a bit goofy - in relation to the feed, it does not look symmetrical (if that makes sense). It's almost a bit twisted looking. Maybe it isn't seated prope
  5. Ladies and gentlemen, I checked the repair Q&A forum but my questions are a bit more general I think so I decided to post here. Background: I'm new to "proper" fountain pens, used a fountain pen for decades as a kid and young adult, always liked that smoothness and speed featherweight pressure facilitates. Now I use Pilot Metropolitan - Fine nib. I was using Pilot black ink (see picture attached) that I got with it. Works like a charm. Extremely light pressure, high speed writing is a breeze and smooth. I saw the Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue which I used for decades is still made and around
  6. A frequent lament of pen users is a dry feed that doesn't keep up with a flex, broad, or wide italic nib. My understanding is that a feed needs to match the flow requirements of the nib. Is the opposite problem frequent -- a too-wet feed that floods a fine nib? I have read about this issue less often. My intuition suggests that, to maximize options, a pen user can order a pen with a wider nib that can be reground later to be narrower. Going in the opposite direction, from fine to broad, is impossible. Additionally, a feed designed for a fine nib may not be able to keep up with the increased fl
  7. Mob Mentality

    Strange Parker Nib

    Hello, I seem to have come across something strange, (atleast it seems strange to me). I have about 8 or 9 Parker 45s including various flighters with various sized nibs the vast major being 14k. I have noticed that on all of the 14k nibs save for one that the slit does not go all the way up into the breather hole. I find this odd unless I'm missing something. Is this some kind of error? All of the nibs are marked "Parker 14k MADE IN USA" I know I saw in another post that someone encountered the same problem and cut the slit all the way to the breather hole. Any ideas as to the reason for this
  8. Hi. First post. Thanks in advance for any help.I'm having trouble with a new Kaweco Sport fountain pen with fine nib. I received it brand new this past weekend. It worked well at first and I enjoyed using it for a few days. I used it today for a few hours with no issues. However, it suddenly stopped writing well. (I was using the same paper, same conditions, etc. no changes. The pen hasn't been dropped or misused or anything. I'm the only one to have used it.) The flow, which until this point had been steady, is now very dry and often no ink comes out. This happens especially if I s
  9. vishwaskrishna

    Twsbi Diamond 580

    My first review here at FPN. After reading a lot about the TWSBI pens on FPN, I was really tempted to try one of them. So, I purchased the recently released TWSBI Diamond 580 with a medium nib (and later on bought an EF nib too) directly from TWSBI. The pen cost me $80 ($50+$30 for shipping). An aside, noticed today that the TWSBI website has increased the shipping cost by $10, which means, you may have to shell out nearly as much as the pen if you are from India, like me. Edit: as pointed by hari317 below, the shipping rate is still $30 (when not logged in through a mobile) Coming back to
  10. hi everyone...i have a quick question for you....my pelikan m600 extra fine is amazing. I do have a small problem...it lays down a very nice and wet stroke from left to right and top to bottom...but the right to left and bottom to top stroke is the exact opposite. its dry and very thin....barely visible....i do not know what to do about this...please let me know if you have any suggestions...thanks
  11. Gee Tee

    Pen Stops Flowing

    I have a Parker Sonet with a gold plated nib and absolutely love writing with it. If I am having a writing session sometimes the flow slows down and then stops and I have to lick the tip of the nib to get it flowing again. The tines look fine to me though I'm quite new to fountain pens so I don't have a trained eye....any suggestions?
  12. Dear friends, What is your experience or recommendations for extremely dry, hot weather conditions in both pen and ink? What is your "desert island pen"? For a two year stint in the Sahara Desert, I took what I thought would be my "desert island pen": a Pilot Vanishing Point with three nibs. It was so dry that the Noodlers Bulletproof Black ink evaporated in the converter in just days, at most. I am about to move to Kuwait, which is more or less one of the hottest places in the world. I have my eye on a Pilot Custom 823. I am quiet picky about the nib experience, so choosing a pen only
  13. Recently my grandfather gave me a Sheaffer Targa that had never been used before to me. I inked it up once before, but only to test then flushed out the pen. Now when I actually want to use it, it doesn't quite work, even after "priming" the feed. I would start writing then it would just trail off, as if the ink was only from the dipped feed. Please help, I love this pen and I want it to work. Attached is a picture of the trailing off. I am still a bit of a newb, so try not to be harsh if it's blatantly obvious. EDIT: Right after I posted this it now suddenly works, but I still want opinio
  14. emileh

    Parker 45 Pen Won't Flow

    So recently my father gave me his old Parker 45 (with gold nib) as he thought I needed a "decent pen". Unfortunately though, despite many attempts- cold water, various cartridges,etc- we can't get it to flow very well. Admittedly, it's not the newest of pens and has sat unused in a drawer for the past few years. Whenever I try to use it it cuts out mid flow or just doesn't write at all- the ink's just not flowing right. Any ideas on how to get it 'running' again? Thanks, Emily p.s sorry if this is in the wrong place, I'm new here
  15. How do Private Reserve American Blue (Fast Dry) and Electric DC Blue compare? They seem very similar, but would either of them be better (even slightly) for schoolwork? I have tried samples of both, and i'm having trouble deciding which one to buy a bottle of.
  16. Hi all! I'm looking for a black ink with a fast drying time for use on regular inkjet/office paper. My previous focus on inks has primarily been towards permanency and flow but now I need to find something that will dry fast and not feather on cheaper paper. Anyone got any good ideas, preferably for something I can source quickly in the UK. With these qualities in mind I hear good things on this site about J.Herbin Perle Noire, Waterman Black but if there are any others please let me know. Thanks, Badger
  17. Dano808

    Dry Lamy 2000

    Hey all! I've had my lamy 2000 for about 3 months and while the flow improved slightly, its still extremely dry. The flow isnt Skippy or anything like that, but it is niticably drier than all my other pens. I was wondering if anyone could help me improve this problem. Thanks, Dano
  18. Dear pen fans and experts, I recently ordered yet another Pelikan (my fifth), and it arrived in the mail today. It's an M200 with a broad nib. I tried three different inks (Diamine Syrah, Green/Black, and Rustic Brown), and each of those inks looked much lighter in this pen than in the other pens that I have used these inks in. The pen also skipped a bit. I grabbed my loupe, took a look, and saw that the tines were misaligned (weird, because the pen didn't feel scratchy, just dry and a bit skippy). I aligned the tines with my nails (well, I don't think they are perfectly aligned now eithe
  19. dragos.mocanu

    Pelikan 140 Ob - Dry As A Bone

    Hello, Today I went to the postal office to pick up my very first Pelikan. I was extremely excited about it, and the prospect of having a nice springy OB nib...until I got home and filled it with ink. Before filling, I noticed that the slit between the nib tines was completely shut at the tip (no light came through), but decided to fill it anyway and see how it writes. The thing is...it's a very smooth nib, but if I apply no pressure to the nib (as I usually do when writing normally), only a very feint line will come out of the tip. The ink may have something to do with this (Pelikan Blue-Bl
  20. Hello, I know this question must have been answered in a bazillion other places, but I'm really confused. I bought an Ahab a while ago and been fiddling with the feed position, but can't get it to run right. Some people say that if you get the tip of the feed closer to the tip of the nib you will have better flow. Others say it the other way around: if you take it farther from the tip of the nib, it will have better flow...Which one is true? Also, the pen exhibits occasional skipping, like when i do an 'o' or the start of a cursive letter (the oblique line from lower left do upper right), but
  21. Truman P.

    Parker 51 Hood Too Tight

    After having just bought my first Parker 51 (Aerometric), I noticed flow issues from the second I first used it. After a thorough cleaning, I realized that the flow problem had to do with the hood of the pen closing the tines of the nib. Does anyone know of a good way to make the hood fit less tightly? (Preferably without having to apply heat) Thanks in advance!
  22. I was using a wing sung 612 for quite a while and found it dry writing, but extremely smooth (both of which were good for writing on cheap school paper). Then after letting it sit for about a day without use, I found that it seemed to dry out very easily. Once I started writing, it worked fine, but after letting it sit for even an hour, it would take quite some effort to make it start up. I thought it was that ink was drying in the pen because the cap seemed to be wearing down (and becoming progressively less airtight). I flushed out the pen and refilled it. However, now, even though the pen i

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