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  1. HI, I'm new to the network having a revived interest in fountain pens over lockdown, resurrecting some old pens and adding a few (too many!) new ones... lots of fun!! I have some pretty dry inks and some F and EF nibs, and after research I'm wondering if getting some White Lightning Ink Additive might help the pens write a bit wetter. However, I cant seem to find a UK retailer that stocks the product and paying almost $40 for shipping seems a bit OTT... Does anyone know of a retailer that stocks it in the UK or Europe? Thanks, Joe
  2. Hello, i bought two PELIKAN M805S both with a fine nib on ama... uk and ama...es within a week. The black one was in my mailbox less than an hour ago. One pen, the blue stripped is pretty good, maybe a bit too wet with some sailor inks. That is a normal behaviour with a Pelikan nib. The other pen, the black one is so dry and unwilling that i have decided to send it back to ama...uk for a refund. Of course i flushed carefully the black pen, etc...before inking it. Furthermore Sailor inks are very wet inks as can be seen on the photo, at least with the blue stripped one. Return cost is from my pocket (about 10-12€). Return package has to be stamped, etc... It is not the end of the world, i will soon forget it. I just wanted to share my experience. I hope i have been useful to some.
  3. Kaweco Al sport stonewashed EF nib My first review here so please be gentle. I always liked fountain pens and I have been using mine Sheaffer VFM for years. And last summer I was looking at it and decided that my Sheaffer is full of scratches and the pen was loosing bit of posses, so I have decided to upgrade to my first pen to something else. After long lurk around I have found an ideal pen for my needs of note taking which combined durable metal body, portability and options of nibs. The price was bit steeper roughly 76 USD with tax. The pen came in a lovely tin that can serve as a pen case for two writing instruments of Sport line and spare cartridges. The tin contained one stonewashed pen with EF nib and it also contained one proprietary cartridge with blue ink. Packaging 9/10 Now the pen by itself is really sturdy lightweight. The cap looks massive in comparison with the whole pen but when you post it balances the pen nicely. Writing unposted more than few lines is pain as the pen by itself is just too short. I have medium sized hands with thin fingers and the pen fits in the hand just right but compared with my Sheaffer or Pilot CH92 the grip section seems thick but it is comfortable though it is bit short so sometimes the cap threads can get in the way but as they are fine they do not have any sharp edges so there is no danger in holding the pen by the threads. Construction 8/10 The nib performs well it is stiff and on a dry side , it works well with wetter inks, if you let it open for some time the pen is prone for hard starts. Now while the nib says that it is EF the line is little bit thicker then my Sheaffers F line. Writing in reverse hold is impossible with this nib. The nib in short was quite a disappointment. Nib 6/10 This pen is for international short cartridges. With a pen with such a short barrel it is not surprising that Kaweco offers two converters for this pen, squeeze and piston. The squeeze converter just from looks of it just no. The piston looked interesting so I bought it and in short you will do better, if you reuse cartridge with an ink of your choice. The piston converter is small officially holds 0.4 ml of ink. But you cannot fill it fully as the piston is capable to fill barely half of the converter and it won’t fit in the Al sport fully extended so you have to keep the piston to ¾ of its capacity that leaves you with an amount of 0.3ml of ink in converter or you will face leakage. You also cannot convert this pen to an eyedropper because of the metal barrel. Filling system 5/10 All in all this pen is great EDC pen, light and easy to carry around with your notebook, but the nib was bit of a let down I was expecting bit thinner line, but it writes well and the only real complaint I have is the filling system as I do think that Kaweco could make much better job with converters for this pen, but so far this is really cartridge only pen. All in all 7/10 ​(For those curious about the Czech pangram it roughly says: So lets the terrible tones of the devils playing the sinful saxophones fill the hall with waltz, tango and quickstep.) With regards Milan
  4. I have a black Aurora Talentum that I really like. However it dries up on me as I am writing with it, and it does not even matter how full the cartridge is.... the line just goes dry and dry until ink stops coming out. I then take off the barrel, give few taps with the index finger's nail and it starts to write again. How do I solve this issue, it is a beautiful pen and I really like how it looks and writes just after the tapping. But I cannot use it at work anymore as I have to keep doing the routine regularly. Any help appreciated!!!
  5. I recently sent my broad Diamond 580AL to TWSBI because it was skipping a lot of would not write unless I laid down quite a bit of pressure. Since it was sent back, the problem persists. Anyone have a recommendation for a good nibmeister to send my pen to? I had also sent in my fine Vac 700, which I now regret because I put quite a bit of work into it to get it to write well. I thought it could be tweaked to write wetter, but it came back drier and scratchier than before. But I'll just swap it out for my Goulet 1.5mm, which writes a lot better.
  6. I was just on a two week vacation where I wouldn't do much writing, but would need a pen for the occasional form, etc. I took a recently acquired Lamy 2000 and the first couple of days were fine. I should note that I did use this pen for a couple of days before I left and it wrote fine. I did have the pen carried in a shirt pocket daily and after about a week, I had to make a note and found the nib to be dry even though that I could see ink in the ink window. I used the piston to expel a drop of ink and made the note. My thought was that maybe the feed was starved due to the ink not touching the feed. The ink level was about a half. However, the same thing happened at the end of the trip. Only this time expelling a drop of ink didn't let me write anything more than a letter or two. I had to finish the form with a back up rollerball. This morning I quickly flushed the pen at my desk and filled it again and it's been writing fine since. Any thoughts on what happened? Ink issue, pen issue, freak occurrence, nasty paper clogging nib?

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