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I bought this for testing...
March 5, 2011
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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
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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 inks.
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I bought this specifically...
February 17, 2015
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I bought this specifically to test fountain pen inks, and it suits that purpose just fine. Dip once or twice, get a decent supply of ink in there, and write for a few lines to see how the inks behave. I suspect there's a trick to it I've not figured out yet, especially since I'm accustomed to working with finer-point pens and this one lays down a rather broad line, but it's a fun little tool and so much easier to just dip into a vial or bottle than messing with a proper fountain pen, when all you want to do is see how an ink will behave. Cleans out super-easy in a glass of distilled water, too!
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December 27, 2015
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The quality of the pen...
July 24, 2015
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The quality of the pen itself is really nice, however the writing tip is very rough. I've read that you can polish them but I haven't tried anything. It writes well and the ink flows really nicely off the twisted glass tip. They are well balanced as well. I'm happy with my purchase!
It's hard for me to give...
October 1, 2013
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It's hard for me to give this pen 1 star because it is my first glass dip pen, however straight out of the box, it just doesn't want to write. I don't know what to do with it. I've read online that sanding it down will help. Maybe I'm using the wrong ink? I bought a bottle of the J. Herbin Pearlescent Royal Blue ink for dip pens, but it's finicky. Sometimes it will write all of 2 letters and sometimes it doesn't want to write at all.
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