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  1. It is that glorious time of year, where we fulfill our social obligations to family, friends and aquaintences. It is time to do the Christmas cards. However, all of the cards I run accross are made with very porous and open grained paper. I would like to use my wet flex nib pen to put some artful words in the card, but the card paper wicks horribly. Other than using a page out of my Rhodia book to include my words, is there a better solution for this? Is there a brand of Christmas card which is made of firmer and less wicking/bleeding paper?
  2. After parusing around for to long, I decided that questions like this go on a case by case basis. I am having problems with my writing feathering out on the page (by which I mean when I draw a line or write a character, the lines wick outwards and become way to thick, as well as wiskering in some cases), which makes it so many of my characters are illegible. I do all my writing on two things. I use National Brand computation notebooks for permanent things and blank white printer paper for all else. As a engineering student, I go through a lot of paper. I also much prefer to write on non-lined paper. Writing in the notebooks is fine. There is both very little wicking and wiskering. However writing on any other paper can vary from a huge success to a dramatic failure. Lucky for me my checkbook doesnt wick or wisker just like my notebooks. Untill now I had not though about different kinds of inks as a possible solution. It would be really nice to be able to write on every paper regardless of its type or quality. I have been using J Herbin eclat de saphir ink since I started writing primarily in pen. However this ink fades really fast with sunlight exposure. While searching for a solution, I also stumbled upon the concept of wet and dry pens, something I had not heard about beforehand. The pen I use is a Cross Spire with a fine nib. What would be a good ink that doesnt wick or wisker on any paper, which also lasts a long time? I much prefer blue inks. Or does such a thing not exist. Water resilience would also be a nice feature, but if im not mistaken that characteristic comes with not being able to wash it out right? -- Bob

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