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Of the three pens I have at moment. A montblanc 144, Jinhao 159 and a Noodlers Ahab

 

since I'm just starting out basically was cycling through the pens to see which one style, nib etc I prefer

Like I find the Montblanc sort of too small (thin ) for me and the 159 just a bit too large.

 

I had all filled with ink and when I went to use the Ahab today I found the ink had dried up. I was sort of surprised at that. I managed to wash pen out and will re ink it when I get home.

 

I'm thinking it may be a good idea to store pens until ready to use possible filled with distilled water to prevent and ink still in side feed etc from drying out

 

 

Appreciate any thoughts on this or is it really unnecessary.

Thanks

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If your MB has cork seals, storing with distilled wayer is recommended to keep them hydrated. Distilled water wont hurt, but keep your pens ventillated to keep moisture buildup and mold and corrosion as a consequence.

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Noodler's pens have a well-verified reputation for quick evaporation, among their litany of *ahem* eccentricities.

 

Personally, I find storing with water to be more trouble than it's worth.

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Just picked up a couple of pens that I'd not used for over two weeks and no problems starting.

 

A couple I'd not used for over two years I just dipped their nibs in ink and let the feed suck it up and after re-filling the converters they wrote just fine.

 

None of my pens are draw queens though so all are owned because they can write. I use Parker quink ink in all my pens. Mostly the black and sometimes their blue black with waterman purple mix with the blue black because the blue black ends up looking almost green.

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I have two VPs that dry out within a week or two, so if they aren't in use, they are completely empty. Other folks report that their VPs can keep ink fine for a few weeks, so I'm gradually trying fixes before sending them in for repair.

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