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  1. asegier

    Pelikan Nibs Lustre

    Dear Pelikan Owners, I haven't really asked this when I first acquired my Pelikan pen, but I thought it would be a good idea to ask anyways. When I first acquired my first Pelikan, I noticed that the nib was a little dull. Now I'm not familiar with Pelikan enough, so I took my Montblanc and compared the nibs. Sure enough the Montblanc had a nice shiny surface on the nib. So I took a closer look at the Pelikan Nib. The nib seems to have micro scratches so I contacted CultPens, where I ordered my pen from. They said that they never touched the pen and that it came out of Pelikan like this. I asked them if they could take a picture of another new Pelikan with it's nib, so I could take a look, and it seemed similar. I was wondering if this is common with Pelikan nibs? That they don't really concern themselves with making their nibs have a pristine lustre. I kind of expected this because Montblanc has it, and Pelikan pens aren't really cheaper then Montblancs... For reference my pen is an M805 Stresseman. I also obtained an M400 Tortoiseshell with two-tone nib and noticed the same similar issue.
  2. I used a dip nib with Stormy Grey this morning for the first time. Its a very very wet ink! It also feathered on Rhodia as a result. Based on experiments here https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/283167-glitteratipearlmica-and-e415/page-2 I trialled the Experiment 6 concentrate in J Herbin Stormy Grey. Here are the results. Pics of vial bases are just 1 min after shaking. In cases of direct comparison, the first pic is Stormy Grey a la naturel, the second pic is Stormy Grey x Xanthan concentrate blend. The Xanthan blend feathers less and offers far better gold distribution (where ink naturally pools from writing strokes, so does the gold, but it doesn't gold-dump like the original ink). Due to the viscosity change, you also get more letters out of one dip. Disclaimer: only use in a pen that can be fully dismantled for cleaning, and don't leave the blend in the pen unless you are ok with dry starts the next day or anything that might go wrong. Use at your own risk. Details of where the xanthan experiments are up to are in the linked thread. Dehydration tests beyond 57 hours haven't yet been done.





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