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  1. I got a Noodler's Creaper in translucent Truk Lagoon and decided to test out the new pen with a sample of Noodler's Revolution Blue that I had previously purchased because it looked like a nice dark blue and I had a couple of letters to write. The pen had some kind of really weird "spoiled milk" smell when I uncapped it and continues to have that smell, but I assumed that was something in the plastic off-gassing and that it would eventually go away. It hasn't really yet, but I don't know if that's actually abnormal. Fast forward to now, a little over two weeks later, when I've used up the ink I put into the pen and am trying to clean it out. The ink has smeared past the plunger and there are little flakes or curds of ink floating around in the ink chamber (when filled with water) even after about two days of off and on cleaning and soaking when I'm in the house and not out running errands. The plunger itself seems like it might have a layer of this flaky ink curd stuck to it, too. The ink that migrated to the top of the pen needed a lot of wiping with a paper towel to come off, and I can see the rest of the feed section is just thick with it. I've tried warm water so far, and am not sure where to acquire ammonia (and don't particularly want ammonia, to be frank). What's left in the sample vial that I have is quite opaque, but doesn't look like it has flake or curdles except maybe along the air edge of where it was sitting inside the vial which is probably just a bit of dried ink stuck to the side. How do I clean this out of the pen, and what did I do wrong? I don't know how to take it apart to get into those parts to manually clean it, either... I don't get a lot of time to spend with my fountain pens and haven't had something like this happen to my other couple that I have inked up before, and I'm now nervous about inking up anything else I have in my queue to try out because I don't want to repeat the same mistake, especially with a more expensive pen!
  2. InkStainedWings

    Deterioration Of Old Inks

    I was recently fortunate enough to find some Sanford Penit in those cute little jars The covers say they were originally ten cents apiece...the 50s, maybe? Anyway, they're NOS, so I decided to try them out. The Cardinal Red, Green, Brown, Dubonnet, and Blue Black all work fantastic, and the colors seem accurate to the examples I've found. The Violet, however, was completely seperated--like water and sand, practically. My question is, do some colors just naturally hold up better over the course of time? Or is it totally random? I want to eventually try all the different Sanford inks (I live in a town called Sanford ), but I'm wondering if some of the colors will be harder to find in a useable state than others...

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