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  1. After days of tweaking, heat setting, carving and sweating i have finally obtained an almosdt perfect jinhao x750 flex pen. How i did it: At first i flushed the pen, got the friction fitted feed out, and replaced the nib with the flex one i had, aligning the first slots on the feed with the ones on the nib. Then i heat setted the feed on the nib, by clamping the tip of the feed with the nib and putting it in boiling water until it set. Then i took everything out, and eith a razor and a lot of patience made the ink flow slots larger and deeper, so that it would improve ink flow, i put everything together, rinsed it thoroughly and then proceeded to add ink. I added Montblank Mystery black, and when it was in the converter, i took it out, dipped the tip of a needle in dish hoap and added an extremely small amount by dipping the needle in the converter. I proceeded by priming the nib, letting two drops fall and then started writing. IT'S SO MUCH FUN!!! 53428489514__FFB3714A-5666-4AAB-90B4-780D628C3F6A.MOV
  2. Hello, Everybody! Does anyone have a current list of Noodler's inks with their properties? There is one posted on the Noodler's website in .PDF, but it is lacking some of the more recent inks. I have replicated it by hand into an excel document to make it easily filterable and searchable. Just wondering if anyone has the properties for the inks not already represented on that list. Thanks. -_Eric
  3. I've been acting in a short film for just over a week now, and today my character was taking down notes. The director asked me if I had a pen, and I told her I had fountain pens with me, and I got to use one on camera~! It was such a happy little squee moment and I'm super glad I had the pens in my bag. This being the fountain pen network, I'm sure there are other people with stories like mine. Was there ever a moment when having a fountain pen with you was more exciting and fun than just "I have a pen in my pocket"? (Much as it's a great feeling, I think we've all experienced that!) Do you always make sure you have a fountain pen on you in anticipation of such an event?
  4. Hi there! My name is Ben and ever since I was a young boy I have always been intrigued by fountain pens. Growing up in a large family in California left very little money for nice niche items and as an adult I am revisiting passions previously barred from me. I'll give a very short backstory, my recent plunge into fountain pen ownership, and a few questions in this post. But first, a small "inky thought." As a forum dedicated to fountain pens I was incredibly surprised to find there are no script font options for posting, that's all. Short bio, I am in my mid-twenties, am a proud father, and a self-proclaimed "super nerd." Failing to embrace my inherent geekiness in my early years, having seen the treatment meted out by my peers, I was more of a troublemaker when young. Cool clothing, moderately handsome, hiding my dark secret that I was in actuality a tech junky. Years later I embrace it with open arms (though my wardrobe still looks like a high-end gangster's), and am the IT administrator of this company. Graphic design, web design, laser-etching, and networking now consume my day to day job. (I'm a nerd in the off-hours too, but for much cooler stuff. Example; Still so excited about my new router I received, the Asus RT-AC68U. Godly.) I am an avid collector of high-end personal vaporizers, or as you may know them "e-cigs." That being said, I am no stranger to paying premium prices for quality workmanship, flawless design, and of course the "Limited" aspect. I have even gone as far as doing custom laser etching for other e-cig owners, as well as doing the etching/engraving for some of the mod-makers product runs. (No names listed because this is not an advertisement, its a bio of my interests lol) Recently I decided I would like to revisit my yearning for fountains, and made an uninformed purchase of a Visionnaire (which I do not recommend by the way, it is a China IPG funded by Kickstarter) While I was unhappy with the quality of the pen, I feel as though I spent $45 discovering I would like to own/collect high-end fountains. Money well spent I'd say, though God knows I need no more hobbies. After hours of researching late last night and today I have found my way to FPN, and would like to pick your brains a bit. Possibly to make a new "internet home" out of this community. I've soon realized I cannot simply jump in and get everything that is perfect for me on the first go, I will have to complete such a project in steps. I would like to start my search with nibs, then the pens themselves, and finally the wide world of ink. I currently use a medium nib, but tried a fine a coworker had at his desk. So for now let's narrow my question to Fine point (or comparable, I am also not adverse to custom-made or aftermarket nibs), in 14kt+ gold quality and up. I LOVE the artistic flair given by the engravings on the higher end pen nibs I've seen pictured, and especially like the look of the two-tone nibs (though if this impacts performance that may not be for me.) So hit me. Intricately adorned, two-tone nib of 14kt gold quality or higher, what am I looking for? Narrowing my nib search should significantly help any fountain pen decision I'll be making I think. If I'm wrong on anything point it out please, if you have a suggestion I would love to hear it. And yes, the will be the last post I make this size. After this, expect short paragraphs and numerous puns.





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