In this series of posts I plan to cover the following subjects:
- increasing ink flow
- nib flossing
- feed imbibition
- increasing ink fluidity
- first fill: cleaning the pen
- adjusting the tines for a scratch-free writing experience
- nib smoothing: a cautionary tale
As you can see, we will cover a number of subjects that will help newbees achieve writing bliss...
The posts will later be gathered in an article that will be placed on the Home Page as a reference for newbees.
I think way back in the late nineties I was among the first to recommend the use of dishwashing liquid on a slow flowing new pen. Later I also marketed a series of ink additives called Sterilink and Inksafe (I no longer do).
In many cases, people expect a new pen to write fluidly right away. It takes a few hours for the ink to imbibe the feed and the flow will not reach its peak until that is achieved. I leave a new pen after filling it overnight. Usually that is all that is required to guarantee good flow, unless there is a problem with the nib/feed gap or similar (we will cover those problems in future posts). Thanks for the post!
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