It seems as though I may have embarked into what may become a pretty
expensive indulgence. (As if I don’t already spend enough money on art
supplies) After seeing so many Flickrites using fountain pens, (most
commonly the Lamy Safari models because of their relative inexpensive
price and the ability to write like a much more expensive pen), I
decided to pick one up and give it a shot. I started with a medium nib,
and found it so easy to write with. Such a smooth and effortless way to
write – I found my self writing more and for longer periods of time.
My first choice of ink was the Noodler’s Bulletproof Black, recommended
on more than one occasion as being "safe" (no feathering or bleeding)
on the Moleskine paper. (Which can sometimes be persnickety towards
fountain pen ink.)
Then one Lamy Safari became three. An Extra-Fine, a Fine and the
Medium. I think there is a distinctive difference between the way each
one writes. The Medium is super smooth and very wet and if I’m in a
hurry, it can be hard to read back my own writing. The Fine nib is not
as smooth as the medium, but it’s still a nice glide, less wet and
probably my favorite of the three. The extra fine? Not as smooth,
(smaller nib, less ink to lubricate it against the paper) but the
cleanest, clearest, and driest of the three.
I’ve been having a difficult time trying to find a suitable blue ink
for the Moleskine. Waterman Blue Black is nice, but it occasionally
feathers. (And it’s not dark enough for me) Noodler’s Le Colour Royale
(not pictured) is a wonderful deep bluish purple that also occasionally
feathers. The Noodler’s Polar Blue is somewhat of a mess. Bleeds &
feather’s horribly. Not sure what I am going to do with it….
When I picked up my last Safari from isellpens.com, I decided to try
out some of their inexpensive Chinese fountain pens that seem to score
well with the Flickr crowd.
First was an older model Hero 329. ($9.99) It’s a hooded nib that
writes like the Fine Lamy. I like it, but I don’t love it. The hooded
nib makes me forget it’s a fountain pen and I keep forgetting to re-cap
it. It’s a copy of the old Parker 51′s.
Next is a $10 NOS celluloid Wing Sung. I’m having problems with it
leaking, but I’m not quite sure it’s not due to operator error while
filling the pen. For only $10, I have not been shy about taking it
completely apart to see how it works, and why it might be leaking. When
I can keep the ink off of my hands, it writes beautifully. It leaves a
smooth line that might be between the Lamy Medium and Fine nibs.
Anyone have any suggestions on what pen I should try next?
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