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I have recently begun to rotate my pens when they have run out of ink however I am beginning to find this a bit of s chore.

I am now planning to rotate them quarterly which will give me more writing time with them.

I was wondering how often others rotate their pen collection.

Also do you flush them through each time or leave them inked or even dry?

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I use three pens at a time and carry them in my Pelikan 3-pen case. The pens I'm currently using are: Waterman Exception Slim, Pilot Heritage 92, and Platinum 3776 Celluloid jade. The nibs are medium, fine, and extra fine, respectively. The inks are three different colors.

 

I'll carry a pen until the ink is over and then replace it. Each pen typically lasts about a week. Once I take a pen out, it gets a thorough flush.

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This may also depend upon how many pens you have and how often you want to rotate through them. I have too many pens (maybe 100?), and have no plan as to how often I want to cycle through them. I just keep 3 or 4 inked at a time and change them out when I tire of one or another of them. It is all about enjoying your pens. Sometimes (like now) I have a selection of pens inked with different inks and nibs (fine, medium and stub right now). Other times, they are different sizes, styles or filling systems. It is all about what I feel that I want to use today.

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I only use one pen at a time, and rotate it when it runs out of ink.

 

Then I clean it thourougly

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I have recently begun to rotate my pens when they have run out of ink however I am beginning to find this a bit of s chore.

I am now planning to rotate them quarterly which will give me more writing time with them.

I was wondering how often others rotate their pen collection.

Also do you flush them through each time or leave them inked or even dry?

 

 

First, I always flush any pen when I will not be using it for more than a few days and before I put any pen back into rotation.

 

I usually have one or two pens in use at any given time and usually change pens after using a single fill but lately I've found I've been refilling one of my pens repeatedly. Kinda surprising.

 

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I used to only ink one pen at a time, but that number has creeped up a bit and now I have 3-6 inked at any given time.

 

Anytime I'm pulling a pen out of use, it is cleaned, left to completely dry, and then put away.

 

My habit has become to check ink levels, ink "new" pens, and clean on Sunday. A nice way to spend a little time.

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My rotation doesn't follow a regimen or schedule. I switch them out according to mood or whim. Usually, I'll add a pen or a few to the rotation, and that will start to feel unwieldy, so then I'll have take one or a few out. Which ones get switched out depends on paper, inks, nibs, intentions (write or draw?).

 

When I take pens out of rotation, I clean them thoroughly and put them back in one of two F-C Penvelopes.

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I have recently begun to rotate my pens when they have run out of ink however I am beginning to find this a bit of s chore.

I am now planning to rotate them quarterly which will give me more writing time with them.

I was wondering how often others rotate their pen collection.

Also do you flush them through each time or leave them inked or even dry?

 

 

First, I always flush any pen when I will not be using it for more than a few days and before I put any pen back into rotation.

 

I usually have one or two pens in use at any given time and usually change pens after using a single fill but lately I've found I've been refilling one of my pens repeatedly. Kinda surprising.

 

Which ones have you found yourself refilling, Jar?

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I keep a couple of italic pens inked up with orange or other flashy color. Sometimes when they are almost empty I will add some blue or green just to see what happens... I am always surprised! Two other pens are washed out when the ink runs out and stored. I like them to have "equal time".

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I have recently begun to rotate my pens when they have run out of ink however I am beginning to find this a bit of s chore.

 

Interesting. I guess I wonder why anyone would bother with such "chores". I carry a different pen on consecutive days. I keep several inked, and I flush them after a couple of weeks (at most) no matter what. I guess I enjoy flushing my pens and putting them away clean, so I don't find any of it to be a chore. Once I decided that it didn't matter whether a pen was empty or full when I wanted to use it, or when I wanted to put it away, a weight was lifted, and I started enjoying my pens more. Sometimes I save the ink, sometimes not. Depends on the situation.

 

It does occur to me that if you wait until a pen actually runs out, it is like you have no choices. It is out when it is out. It is either a convenient time for you or not. I need only do the inking and flushing when it is convenient for me.

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I think its because I'm so busy at the moment. New baby, well 3 months. Working six days a week. Paperwork. The pens my oriental ones have been sitting on the bedside table awaiting a clean for a week now. I just can't seem to get round to it.

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I keep a daily journal and use a different pen each day (I have seven). I also use one as a "main" pen at any given time - usually my Delta Dolce Vita oversize - but I rotate through all of them for daily use, though not equally (depends on my mood). But since the journal is typically a couple pages daily, all get a fair amount of use each week.

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I think its because I'm so busy at the moment. New baby, well 3 months. Working six days a week. Paperwork. The pens my oriental ones have been sitting on the bedside table awaiting a clean for a week now. I just can't seem to get round to it.

 

I guess what I'm saying is "why fight it?" If you're too busy for forced rotation, don't feel that you should be doing that right now.

I know my id is "mhosea", but you can call me Mike. It's an old Unix thing.

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