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Is Ink Coming From the Breather Hole/Slit Normal?



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I just got my first fountain pen, (a Scrikss 419), and noticed that there is quite a bit of ink coming out of the breather hole/slit on top of the nib. I just filled it for the first time, and when I wiped the nib off after filling it, (it is a piston-fill pen), it left a lot of ink on the paper towel from touching the top of the nib. Every time I barely touch the breather hole/slit, quite a bit of ink soaks into the paper towel. Is this normal? This is my first time using a fountain pen, so I'm probably just being paranoid, but I thought I'd go ahead and ask. Thanks!

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Yes, if you press absorbent material against the hole or slit on the nib, ink will be drawn out. It's a different matter from ink just visibly seeping at the edges of the metal, though; that wouldn't be normal (or good).

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