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    What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    List your eyedropper pens. And any results, good or bad.
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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    Not a one. I don't need the extra ink capacity and am leery of the burping potential.

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    Not a single one. Cannot imagine wanting an eydropper.
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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    I converted an old Sheaffer school pen. It leaked a little bit but I used the watery silicone grease in the TWSBI maintenance package. I just got some of the gel looking stuff and I am hoping that will work better.


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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    None at all, so far, but never say never, I suppose. What puts me off more than anything is having 3ml+ of staining potential being held in a barrel via slippery grease trapped in the threads. A lot of pens have really unhelpful threads for this kind of thing too; screw a barrel halfway onto a Parker Frontier for example, then give it a slight push and pull. Those threads were never meant to get a joint ink tight.
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    I converted a Jinhao 159 to eye dropper... using acrylic medium to line the inside of the barrel (its aluminum), gasket and silicon grease. Its working so far. Will post a video at some point when I have more time on Youtube to show how its done.

    The basic mechanics are as follows:

    Step 1) you take the barrel and wipe the inside clean with rubbing alcohol to remove any grease and dirt... let dry
    Step 2)Pour acrylic medium into the barrel and tap it a bit to remove any bubbles
    Step 3)Let it sit for 5 mins....
    Step 4)pour out the excess.... as much as possible so only a thin coating remains inside....
    Step 5) take a wet Q-tip and wipe off the threads....then...
    Step 6)take a hair drier and gently dry the acrylic medium... it will go from white to clear when dry....
    Step 7) repeat steps 2 through 6
    Step 8) grease threads add gasket
    Step 9) ink up
    step 10) scribble away...

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    I haven't "converted" any but have used those that are either cart or eye dropper with just an addition of silicon grease and/or o-ring....Recife Crystal, Stipula Passporto, DaniTrio (Huge) urushi, and a very pretty maki-e lacquer. Only the 2 Dani's have a shut-off. I do like the ink capacity...but also find I waste a lot of ink when I get bored and want to change color!
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    A long time ago, a small carmine red Sheaffer vac-filler. I took out the guts of the vac filler, sealed the blind cap to the barrel, and used silicon on threads that ARE meant to be sealed. It worked perfectly.... somewhat to my surprise.

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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    Kaweco Sport Classic, worked well but ink did stain between the nib collar and clear section plastic over time.
    Platinum Preppy for my BSB pen, still works well but I'm always a little leary of the oring + silicon grease. Several times I've caught myself unscrewing the barrel instead of just slipping off the cap.
    Edison Nouveau Premiere, just to test it out. Worked just fine but I prefer it as a cc filler so that was a one time thing.

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    +1 on the Kaweco sport - I'd all but forgotten about it. Didn't continue with it mainly because I didn't like the sport well enough to use that much ink. Now, with a luscious nib, that would be different.

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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    Franklin-Christoph Model 66. No problems

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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    Platinum Preppy, the result is good if you seal it probably.

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    I forgot to mention I have other eyedropper pens but they were that way to begin with.
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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    I am going to convert a Pilot Prera demonstrator to an eyedropper. I'm not going to use an o-ring. I'm just going to use silicone grease. I figure there is a big enough thread area.
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    I am going to convert an unknown Chinese pen to an eyedropper. I have also butchered the nib to give it more flex. Next I want to modify the feed for greater flow. I may be creating the ultimate pen, or I could be making a pen shaped piece of junk.
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    I used a Sheaffer No Nonsense as an eyedropper with no problems, but I've lately taken to just jamming an international cart onto the nipple, whcih also seems to work.

    I tried with a Baoer 801, hoo, boy, the results weren't good.

    I might try with my Ahab, but I've lost the o-ring. And the syringe has plenty capacity already.
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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    I have an eye-dropper question? I am not converting anything, hell, I only just figured out what you people are talking about. Mind. Blown. Anyway, after some video watching, I am embarrassed to admit I have an oversized Delta DolceVita that I bought 5 and a half years ago that came with an eye dropper but I had no concept what it was for and put it away. Stephen Brown tells me what it's for (in a video with me staring agape), I watch a few more videos, and feel pretty dumb that I just never understood that side of the pen. So, now I am curious about it. I got the silicone grease, and I am assuming since the pen was designed to be an eyedropper, there should be nothing else I need to do for the pen to try it. Does that sound right? Appreciate the help, and laughter and/or judgement is warranted as you feel necessary.

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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    None, but I have a few Preppies that will likely go through that phase. But I actually have not needed to load pens up with belliesfull of ink. Besides, I love inking pens; part of the sensory pleasure (sight, sound, smell, touch).

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    Default Re: What Pen Have You Converted To An Eyedropper?

    A Platinum Preppy - works fine -it has an o-ring and the thick silicone grease on the threads.

    I have a couple of Indian eyedroppers - Serwex 101 and Camlin 22 - no o-ring, just the gunky silicone grease - worked fine, once I learnt not to heat them up next to my body.

    I also have a Sheaffer Skrip Cartridge pen with a translucent blue body that I am going to try - haven't inked it yet.

    I am very reluctant to do it with any pen that does not have a clear or translucent barrel, for fear of unscrewing it in a forgetful state.
    HAS ANYONE ACCIDENTLY DONE THIS?
    I also like to see the ink sloshing around in the barrel.

    Another comment - I thought the pH of some inks was such that contact with metal barrels was not recommended.
    Have I imagined this? I do realise that nibs are metal, so maybe this is a red herring.
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