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?