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Hi all. Hope I didn't mess something up! The background: I bought a Bulow x750 with the upgraded EF nib and 3 Chesterfield ink samples. First two inks were great. So today I put he obsidian black in the pen and now it is a very hard starter and skips a LOT. First 2 times I inked up the pen I didn't take the converter out, as the bottles were big enough to fit the nib in. This is a smaller bottle so I pulled out the converter to fill it. I cleaned the nib and section with warm running water and blew through the nib and section and everything seemed ok. Let it sit to dry for an hour, cleaned (drop of dish soap several times, clean water several times) and filled the converter and let it sit nib down 15 minutes to get some ink in the feed. Now its worse than the $4 pen I gave my daughter!

 

SO...Did I break something (a seal maybe) when I pulled the converter out?

Is it maybe just the ink?

Did I mess up by blowing water through the nib?

Anything else I can/should check?

 

Both the other inks I have ran through the pen were great (Smoked Topaz and Emerald). I could leave the pen uncapped for 10 minutes, come back and just start writing again. Now if I look up for 30 seconds I have to draw 10-15 lines on the top of the paper to get going again. I'm no expert on pens or ink, but I do know I'd rather throw out the ink than the pen! I really like my pen...the way it used to write! Thank you for any help you can give a poor newbie!

 

 

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You can try turning the piston on the converter a little til a couple of drops come out to saturate the feed a little more and rid the feed of any bubbles that may be causing it to skip, that's all that really comes to my mind.

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Try leaving the pen standing upright, capped and filled with the nib down overnight and it should give the new ink chance to get through to the nib.

Quite a few pens take a bit of time to feed again after a clean up.

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I second tguk111, turn the converter slightly to force the ink through.

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Well I took everyones advice, twisted the converter, left the pen upside down about 3 hours, and still no fix. So I dumped the obsidian ink and put smoked topaz back in and the pen is behaving well again. Maybe the black is just too dry for the pen. It's a fairly dry writer as it is with the EF nib. Guess my search for a black ink is beginning. Thanks for all the help and advice!

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Hi

 

For a decent black ink, try Waterman. It's worked fine across my range of pens.

 

Jason

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Aurora Black is excellent.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I was looking at the Waterman inks actually. I was hoping that I could get into something that was permanent, bulletproof, eternal, whatever. But It looks like I may have to go with a wetter pen if I want something like that. thanks again! You all have been very helpful!

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