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  1. I have a new Osprey Madison with a BB Architect nib. I love the pen and am really pleased with the nib. The only thing I dislike is the odor. It has this funky smell, like off-pizza. I didn't smell anything until I uncapped the pen and started using it. As a result, I really thought the issue was with the feed, although I suppose the part of the body that is covered by the cap maybe didn't have as much chance to off-gas as the rest of the pen. Osprey offered to exchange for a Scholar, which is acrylic rather than resin, but I really like the pen. I get a built-in fidget toy with the ball on the clip, too! Plus, I'd rather keep what I have as long as the odor will go away. Anyone else have this problem? Does it leave? If I find some KWZ ink or Purdy Cigar, will the scented ink mask the odor?
  2. From the album: Problems

    After holding Diamine (Inkvent Red Edition) Winter Spice for eight weeks, this converter with a smelly vegetal resin tube has acquired a permanent blush. Soaking in dilute ammonia solution, and scrubbing (using a cotton tip amply soaked) with Herbin fountain pen cleaning solution, does not remedy the condition beyond what you can see here. So, you may want to leave a piece of clear plastic that is similar to the barrel material, to bath for a few weeks in that ink in a test tube or sample vial, as a test before filling your precious, large ink capacity, barrel-cavity-as-ink-reservoir demonstrator pen with it. After all, the idea of using such a pen would be to leave a lot of ink in it so that it would be ready to write for a prolonged period, no?

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  3. I've noticed people saying (often citing Richard Binder's site) that heavily alkaline inks are not to be used in celluloid pens, as they can cause damage or "melt" the body. From what I've seen and searched, there's no real threshold for an ink to be alkaline enough to dissolve celluloid. Some consider pH levels up to 8.0 or 9.0 to be "neutral," but how safe are such pH levels truly for celluloid? Say, if I want to put Iroshizuku or a Sailor ink in a Vacumatic, what can I expect? What about Waterman Red or Noodler's black (assuming I wasn't worrying about staining), which are both slightly alkaline, around high 7s or low 8s? -Bogdan

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