This is a follow-up to...
September 20, 2011
This is a follow-up to my review on August 12th. I have used this pen daily for
weeks now, and it's become my favorite inking pen. However, it did act up on me
once. The ink flow stuttered when I drew fine horizontal lines or when beginning
a stroke. I fidgeted a bit and I found that there is a pad of some sort of fiber
directly under the steel nib. If that fiber pad gets a little dried out, you'll
have ink flow problems. I think this is why they recommend you not leave the pen
unused for more than two weeks. (The ink dries very quickly, which is good when
you're drawing, but problematic for pen storage.)
If you're getting spotty ink flow, another reviewer suggested that you give the
nib a quick rinse in warm water, which works well to rehydrate the ink pad.
However, it does dilute the ink, so you need to scribble a bit to get full
strength ink flowing again. What I do instead is put a drop of black ink (I use
black technical pen ink, but you could use a drop of any black fountain pen ink)
onto the little air hole on the nib, and let it soak in for a few seconds. This
restores the ink flow perfectly without dilution, and the pen is ready to draw.
No skips or stutters.
And a final note about the ink: this stuff is as black as anything I've ever
used, including black India ink in dip pens. It dries very quickly, even on
shiny surfaces like bristol board. And it is -very- waterproof. I use
watercolors with my pen drawing, and I don't have any problems with ink running
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