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I bought this for testing...
, March 5, 2011
I bought this for testing fountain pen ink samples. There's a knack to learning
how to angle and rotate this pen and load it with ink, but if you're having
trouble with ink flow, or with getting more than a sentence out of it, it might
not be the fault of the pen or how you're using it--it might be the ink. I'm
finding that some inks just will not work at all with this type of pen. Not
surprisingly, since it's a J. Herbin pen, the J. Herbin Perle Noire ink writes
smoothly and for a full paragraph from a single thorough dip. So far, Diamine
Poppy Red ink flows well with it too (but not Registrar's Blue-Black, which
won't even start). The Noodler's inks vary: Widowmaker was not completely
hopeless, some of the others would give me a few words, but the V-Mail inks
would not play with this pen at all. The Noodler's inks left particles in this
pens' spiralling grooves.
Other than that, it's slender and a little short, but has a solid, comfortable
weight. Mine is more pale orange than deep amber, but it's such an attractive
pen, I don't mind. With the right ink, it's inspiring to write with something
this lovely. Makes me feel classy, ya'know?
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Just got this pen a few...
, December 10, 2012
Just got this pen a few days ago. It's comfortable to write with when testing
ink samples, and I like the weight of it (being all glass it's similar in heft
to an all-metal pen). It does seem to have issues with Noodler's inks, but
works perfectly well with the Peikan and Sheaffer inks that I've tried.
It's a fine pen and I'm very happy with it as an inexpensive way of testing
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Mine came chipped (JetPens...
This review is from J. Herbin Straight Body Frosted Glass Dip Pen - Small - Black Tint
, November 24, 2010
Mine came chipped (JetPens offered to take it back, but I thought I'd try first
to rehabilitate it.) Follow the simple directions on the side of the box to rub
the tip over sandpaper & it works!
At first I over-thought it & carefully gave it a rounded tip with fine emery
paper under a magnifier: it wrote very broad but spottily. The I formed it into
a sharp conical tip & it didn't write at all.
It seems that the pen relies on a relatively blunt tip in the manner of
mechanical pencil lead, wherein you write with the edge of the base of a
cylinder shape, turning it just slightly as necessary to maintain flow down from
the grooves. Rubbing it briefly tip-down on fine sandpaper -- with a natural
motion -- achieves just enough convexity to function well.