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Mine came chipped (JetPens...
November 24, 2010
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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.
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gweb_world
It took me the longest...
March 22, 2013
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It took me the longest time to figure out how to even use this pen. After reading over some of the other reviews, I noticed why- it was the tip! I took a little sandpaper to it and it fixed it right up! If you order this, have some fine-grain sandpaper handy just in case.
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felicia.davis
This pen is a lot of...
October 24, 2009
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This pen is a lot of fun to write with and very easy to clean. It can actually write a fair bit between dips, and it will never rust like a steel nib pen.
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feidaliqi
writes very nicely. defiantly...
August 27, 2010
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writes very nicely. defiantly worth the $15. can write a long time between dipping(about a paragraph.) buy this pen if you enjoy the occasional dip pen. after using this pen, I'm pretty much done with steel nibs.
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lkarman44
I was at first slightly...
May 23, 2010
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I was at first slightly disappointed in the pen, because I found it was just pouring ink onto the page right after dipping, but then wore down into a thinner and thinner line as I wrote. But once I changed paper, it immediately behaved much better. This pen is only good for a limited set of applications, but if you have an excuse to try it out, you won't regret it. I LOVE this pen, and the Periwinkle Blue J. Herbin ink is even better looking in real life than in any of the photos.
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colin.butler
I got this recently and...
October 23, 2012
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I got this recently and was disappointed with the tip. I got a larger version of the dip pen and thought the flow was much better. I will get some sandpaper and see if I can improve the tip.
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I did not like this pen....
March 17, 2016
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I did not like this pen. I have written with dip pens before and I just found it unpleasant. The inconsistency and variety of thickness in the lines. Maybe I have a bad one but I'll be returning this one.
cantinadiva
Handy for testing inks...
September 21, 2015
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Handy for testing inks & such, except that for me, the color isn't the same as with my fountain pens - this pen lays down a lot more ink. It's certainly easy to clean. It needed a little smoothing with micromesh when I got it. It fits nicely in the slot on the J. Herbin ink bottles.
charliejpv
Fun. I plan to use it...
June 8, 2015
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Fun. I plan to use it to test ink colors with, but I think I'll be writing with it some too.
autumnesquirrel
Eh...not good. I know...
September 29, 2015
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Eh...not good. I know these pens can vary widely, so I wasn't all that surprised that the one I got will hardly write at all. I bought one years ago that came as a set with a bottle of J.Herbin ink. That pen writes beautifully, and I was hoping for a back up in case it ever got broken. I would only buy another one if I could try it out first.
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