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  1. Bristol24

    Solv-X: Apparently It Works

    So as many of you know, I dabble in restoring pens from the 1930s and 40s. Recently I acquired a few celluloid Wearevers from the 1930s and, one by one, took each apart, right down to the nib before installing new sacs and actually writing with them. I had one pen, however, where I got lazy and decided not to knock out the nib. Instead I cleaned the section and nib in the ultrasonic with some Dawn and ammonia until there was no sign of ink and then flushed it with clear water using a bulb. When I put the pen back together it wrote quite well. Recently I loaded it with some vintage Quink with Solv-X. When the pen ran out, I flushed it with clear water so that I could put it away. As I flushed the pen, little pieces of partially dissolved dried ink started coming out. The only place that could come from would be within the feed and nib because the sac is brand new. What the ultrasonic cleaner, Dawn detergent, and ammonia didn't get Quink with Solv-X did...apparently. Has anyone else had a similar situation? Are there current inks that actually clean like this? Cliff
  2. Hi Folks, I bought some old Parker Quink Blue-Black with SOLV-X. The bottle has been opened, but doesn't smell bad and the ink doesn't have any odd consistency. There doesn't appear to be any blue to the color, and it is not very saturated at all, in fact looks like a mid-grey. Nice shading, but not dark enough for my EF nibs. Does anyone have any suggestions for darkening the ink? Leave the top off the bottle for a number of weeks? Just live with it? Thanks!
  3. If anyone wants a large bottle of red Super Quink with Solv-X, there's one for sale in The Junk Shop in Greenwich. They also have a half-bottle of (I think) permanent blue-black, and a few large bottles of Swan ink with very little ink in. If it's still there in a week or so I might be compelled to buy it myself Super Quink by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr
  4. Hello everyone! I posted to the Parker forum about the 10000 Word Pen, but I thought those interested in ink would like my experiements with Parker's Quink. Here's my post on the 10000 word experiment: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/342182-can-the-10000-word-pen-really-write-that-much-merry-christmas/ I recently bought a bottle that had a lovely crystal inside -- who knows how many decades of undisturbed rest that took to form. I preserved it before diluting some of the ink to use (I only diluted a small portion for use with distilled water - the color looks as true as the undiluted remainder in the bottle). My guess is that it is just crystallized pigment, but perhaps it's the mysterious "Solv-X?" Does anyone know what exactly Solv-X actually is? Whatever the case, this ink is incredible. It really doesn't dry in the pen, writes beautifully, and dries very quickly on paper, in my now-10,000-word experience! Cheers! Matt
  5. Hello everyone! I have recently fallen in love with the Parker-Eversharp 10,000 Word Pen, which I think is so odd-looking it's beautiful -- it's like the Edsel of pens! At any rate, I wondered if the claim was true, and how to test it. I obtained some original cartridges, and then was so excited at the fact that I could buy some of the original Quink with Solv-X. The chemist in me is still fascinated by what Solv-X could actually be. I have one pen that came to me with cartridge attached and still with fluid, useable ink. It's just incredible to me that a product like ink could last so many decades, and still be useful and beautiful. "Does not dry in the pen" indeed -- one claim proved true from the outset! Anyone else with "historic ink" they like to use? Given this festive time of year, and the ability to count words quickly with a computer program, I selected 10,000 words of Dickens's _A Christmas Carol_ (all of Stave One, a little of Stave Three, and all of Stave Five) and decided to write a "love letter to Christmas," as it were. The pen was ready, the Quink took some filtering and dilution (with discovery of an incredibly pretty crystal! Solv-X? or just pigment?), and I set aside paper and time. Several beautiful nights teary-eyed at the beauty of Dickens's writing later, I had written 10,000 words with the namesake pen, and I still had more than 1/4 cartridge of ink left. Photos provided to prove all this, naturally-- I'm certain my micrographic printing helped, but also I think Dickens's writing has a disproportionate number of Very Long Words, so perhaps that balanced toward the other side of actual writing line length. (Pages are written double-sided) Merry Christmas to all, and God Bless Us, Every One! Matt
  6. Just got hold of several old bottles of Parker Super Quink Blue ink that came in cheap looking, black plastic bottles that look nothing like Parker Quink ink -or any other ink for that matter! They were manufactured in Parker's plant in Mexico sometime in the 1980's and they differ from their American counterparts in that there's no mention of Solv-X in them -which from what I've read, these inks had- and it only states the ink as permanent. Upon opening the first bottle I found that evaporation took the better half off it and that it has a chemical aroma that is not present on any other ink I've tried so far. So being a cautious guy, I proceeded to fill my trusty old and cheap Manuscript Chinese pen with the liquid and give it a try. I followed the recommendations of fellow FPN users on testing that the ink had no strings attached while submerging a stick into it. I also made sure no mould or other foreign items were floating around. So after using it for a while, I found that the ink colour is more blue-black or dark blue than anything I've got on my ink stash, so I decided to compare the ink with other old cartridges I have from pens I recently bought in NOS condition. And here am attaching the result. Not of a big fan of blue hues, but in this particular case, I kind of love how dark and saturated this ink is. I had since refilled the bottle with distilled water in order to restore the original volume, but I've yet to try the diluted version. I'll post updates as soon as I fill my tester pen with it. What do you all think? PS Sorry, forgot to attach the image
  7. There's a wide variability in the scans available (ranging from an indigo to a lightly toned blue-black to a bluish grey) so I'm having a hard time matching more accessible inks or making a blend with all the variables involved so I thought I should crowd-source this since I'm sure others have tried, with the end goal of finding an alternative or a series of alternatives much like the Faux Penman Sapphire series. A modern, affordable clone will do or a blend of such inks. From what I have gathered, the following are supposedly close: 50% Quink blue-black, 40% Waterman blue-black, 5% Quink blue, and 5% black (Quink or Pelikan) by JRG Diamine Denim OS Manganate V (this is hard to get by though) 5:1 Quink Blue to Quink Black Quink Blue-Black with a red ink I've looked into getting a bottle myself but there isn't a more recent bottle available* or it's just too expensive to ship internationally**. *Post-Super Quink, with the same bottle shape as the current one so that we can rule out evaporation. **It will cost me more than two bottles of Iroshizuku, which is more than this student can't afford. I don't even own one bottle of Iro.
  8. I just found a rather large cache, about 7 bottles, of Quink with Solv-x in a stationery shop. It's the white packaging. I was in a hurry so could only do a cursory check. There seems to minimum evaporation if any. No sludge, deposits etc. at the bottom. Should I buy the lot? Are the colors better than Quink's current lineup?

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