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Suggestions For Twsbi Mini Ef, Please.



Chazzy91

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Hello! I am fairly recent to fountain pens, but developing what I believe will be a lifelong obsession. I have a TWSBI Mini EF and love the little fellow. I'm looking primarily for a permanent professional black, black/blue, or dark blue for school and work, where the majority of paper I deal with is fairly cheap. My benchmark so far is Noodler's 54th Mass, which has performed flawlessly on everything! I really love it. However, I don't want to miss out on some spectacular ink I just haven't tried. The problem is that the TWSBI EF seems to run kinda dry, so dry that the original Noodler's black doesn't run smoothly through it on nice paper (which I use when not at the office.) Note, Mass 54 does perform well on both cheap through 90 gsm in this pen, but the original Noodler's black doesn't like nicer paper in this pen/ink combo.

 

In short, does anyone have any suggestions for a permanent black, blue/black, blue that'll run well through a drier nib, particularly if you use it in your TWSBI ef?

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Try Organics Studios Charles Darwin black. It is fast dry and waterproof. I use it exclusively in my TWSBI mini with a fine nib. Runs wet in the pen but (somehow) manages to dry almost as soon as it hits the paper.

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You can always dilute your Noodler's Black with water and that may help the flow. I would try 10 to 20% water to Black. Do the mixing in a separate container.

 

Another serious yet attractive ink is Noodler's Legal Lapis an exclusive from http://www.pendemonium.com/

I find it better flowing than 54th Street and the samples on the site don't do it justice. I'm also very fond of their Noodler's Violet Vote (formerly Iraqi Indigo). VV is the only Non Waterman ink I'll put in a vintage pen. I'm super careful with those pens, but VV is so important to me that it is a constant in one Parker 51. Have extra bottles of both inks because they can work in every situation from business to a note to friends.

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Thanks everyone for the advice! I will check into these solutions.

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." -- Havelock Ellis

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I use Waterman's blue-black in my TWSBI mini with extra fine. It works well. I have used organics studio red rubber ball, and if Darwin black has similar properties, it will be outstanding.

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