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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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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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