Another beginner fountain pen with some additional benefits. As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I am doing a few reviews this week on some of the more inexpensive or beginner fountain pens that I have used because I have seen many questions and comments from people who are skeptical or reluctant to try a fountain pen because they believe they will be too expensive, too messy, or just too difficult to write with.
I also prefer very, very fine nibs, and they tend to present this sort of feel more than broader nibs. But why do certain nibs perform differently to others?
Why is it that even two supposedly identical nibs can write differently to each other? What matters is how the nib is made, not what it is made from.
There are normally one of a few main materials in the body of a nib: Gold is used because it is very flexible when compared to steel. Steel nibs do exist with a flexible property, but they are notoriously difficult to make and often have to be done by professionals for a fee.
The karat count is a very misleading detail. Higher karat nibs are often no better than lower karat nibs, and the reason 14k gold is so common is because it is easier to work with and is stronger and less prone to bending than 18k and 21k nibs.
Many pen professionals such as Richard Binder vouch for 14k gold as the best nib material available. The Pelikan M left has a steel nib, compared to the 14K gold nib on the M right The other metals on this list are uncommon, but more and more manufacturers are bringing out titanium nibs.
Titanium is desirable because it has a matte texture to it, which can look good on certain pens. What happens is the nib is pressed out of a sheet of metal, bent into shape, and then a very hard metal is applied to the end.
The blob of metal is then polished and shaped into the desired size such as fine, medium, or broad. If you are really careless and rough, you can actually pop off this material, resulting in a useless nib. Be careful with your nibs! Now, because the tipping material is what makes contact with the paper, the finish on it is very important to making the pen smooth.
Sometimes you will find pens catch on the paper and are very scratchy, which can sometimes be because there is a sharp point on part of the tip.
You can polish these out using products like micromesh, however. A nib with a dry flow will put out less ink with each stroke, typically resulting in a lighter, quicker drying line.
These two scribbles were done with the same pen, same ink. The one on the right was with the nib upside down: The left one was done with the nib held normally: The key is to find a balance between wet and dry flow that suits you.
Typical pens these days will work best with a medium flow, however flex pens should be avoided completely if you prefer a dry writing pen. Flex pens require a huge amount of ink to be delivered to the nib very quickly, so they tend to be the wettest writers around even when unflexed.
Widening or shrinking the gap between the tines by hand is an intermediate maintenance trick that can be used to adjust the flow.
Also, different inks flow better than others. Lubricating inks tends to have a high flow even in dry pens, whilst some inks, such as Lamy Blue, have a medium to dry flow in many pens. Giving any new pen a good flush with water, or water with a drop of detergent, is a good idea, even if it looks clean.
You may also need to take the pen apart and wash out any gunk caught in the parts.
This is also a good way to make sure your pen is completely clean when changing ink colours. Even if your pen is brand new, chances are its tines are wonky just a little.Milligram is home of the world's best designer stationery, office and lifestyle accessories.
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The pen is a little on the heavy side because of the metal, but it has nice balance when writing and drawing. The abalone shells look beautiful and I really like the etched pattern on the cap as well! The next and last beginner fountain pen that I will review for this short series will be one that offers the most flexibility in the ink delivery methods and the writing experience, so .
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Fountain Pens Leak, or so they Say This is clearly NOT a fountain pen that has leaked on me. It is a Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Lumio multi pen that I’ve had for a while now and even rotated through several refills.
Thank you. Leave a. Download stunning free images about Pen And Paper. Free for commercial use No attribution required. One writer discovered the Lamy Safari fountain pen and became a convert.
The ink flows nicely and expressively, and he now finds any excuse to write thank-you notes and in cursive with the German pen.