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Severe Sudden Nib Creep From Breather Hole


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Ok I replaced the sacs on the Waterman 512 1/2 PSF, 452, and Lady Patricia. I tested them with Noodler's Black Eel, a lubricated ink.

I am admittedly new to flex nibs which all three have. So, I could just be naive. I don't know if I didn't wipe the nibs down enough after(wrap paper towel around the nib and let ink flow for a couple seconds or so) or what but when I started writing all three nibs ended up having a severe case of nib creep from the breather hole. I thought where was a leak in the sacs the sacs were fine and I would think if it were a leak ink would come out around the section and lever area.

I did eventually wrap a paper towel around the nibs for about 5 seconds and I didn't seem to have the problem again. Was the feed just oversaturated right after inking or might there be other potential issues? I didn't have this happen when I used them for dip tests which leads me to wonder if it was an oversaturated feed.

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I don't know if I can help you other than to provide another data point. I had a bottle of Noodler's Polar Blue that caused nib creep in two different pens that have never had a problem. By nib creep I mean that ink literally leaked all over everything and it became such a mess. It wasn't cosmetic, but was a functional issue. I just switched inks and haven't had a problem since.

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I was thinking it was the ink. I will try another later. Initially it came from the breather hole like a bloody nose.

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I was in fact the ink. I changed it this morning with Rohrer & Klinkler Blau Permanent and it worked perfectly. No nib creep whatsoever. Thank goodness :)

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