Today I tried watering down ink for the first time.
There are several advantages to watering down ink. A make like Noodler's is highly saturated and sometimes adding water to the ink makes it dry faster. Depending on the PH of the water, it can shift the colour slightly. If an ink flows too quickly out of the pen, adding some water to the ink will make it feel 'dryer'. And it can extend how far the ink goes. It does other things too, but I can't remember what.
I ran out of ink halfway through writing a letter but didn't want to change colours. There wasn't quite enough ink in the bottom of the sample vial so I added a few drops of water (about 6 drops water per ml of ink). I'm using Noodler's Whaleman's Sepia today and it was interesting that that much water didn't shift the colour at all. But it did make the ink dry more quickly. But the water also caused the ink to feather (spread/absorb into the page). I'm not a fan of feathering ink.
I use a Pilot metropolitan. I have two. Inexpensive, made in Japan, but they have great fine nibs and I write in little small letters so I need fine nibs.
The guy who makes Noodlers Bulletproof ink also hand makes very affordable fountain pens with old fashioned hard rubber, not plastic, feeds. He actually carves the feeds and then fits them into the nibs. But you have to play with it, heat it a bit, to get them to work right and I sadly lack the patience. His hand made pens aren't that expensive at all, however.
I love fountain pens, and grew up around them. My mom was a fountain pen nut.
I also like dip pens which, though very inconvenient, have a certain beauty. If you make a dip pen with a plastic or hard rubber feed you get something very similar to a fountain pen. There are a few out there on the market, and lots of old surplus ones like this.
My wife used She used dip pens in primary school in her home country, as late as the 1980s. She was amused when she stumbled over my little trove of pens
What a fun thread! I am definitely going to order a fountain pen and ink to use for writing now! I do a lot of writing by hand so am really looking forward to try it out.
When I was a little kid I use to find big Turkey Vulture wing feathers on the ground and I would take them to my grandma, she would cut the end at a slant and make ink out of water and food coloring that I could dip the "pen" in. I loved playing with those "dip pens"! Maybe I give a real dip pen a try too one of these days.
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