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manoeuver
August 1st, 2012, 01:48 PM
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KrazyIvan
August 1st, 2012, 02:04 PM
LOL, okay the photo on the car was uncalled for. :p

etoyoc
August 1st, 2012, 02:12 PM
When there were a bunch of these sold on FPN several members complained about having anemic ink flow as well. In many cases a good cleaning with soapy water took care of the problem. I have two of these pens. One worked great right away and I love even though it is too small for long periods of writing. When I use it it is mostly for writing checks in bulletproof ink. That reminds me, I need to pay rent today....

The other pen needed the wash and it has never worked as well. On the other hand, it works better than you are reporting your pens as working. I wonder if these pens were as inconsistent when they were straight out of the factory or if it is just the effect of the years of storage and the conditions they were stored in.

manoeuver
August 1st, 2012, 02:14 PM
Yeah I don't know. I think I may have inked the one pen without washing it out. I'll wash the other one before inking it. Now the question is do I ink it with an exciting new color or an ink I'm already very familiar with.....

KrazyIvan
August 1st, 2012, 02:21 PM
One you are familiar with so you can have an anchor for comparison. Then again, I should follow my own advice.

manoeuver
August 1st, 2012, 02:22 PM
yeah, I know I know...

etoyoc
August 1st, 2012, 02:24 PM
These have rubber feeds as I recall... they have been sitting dry for decades, even after a thorough cleaning to remove any oils, debris, etc... it may still take some time for the rubber to properly hydrate as well.

Oh and what Ivan said... scientific method ya know... one variable at a time.

manoeuver
August 1st, 2012, 02:27 PM
ok, I'll write a few pages and empty reform #1, then clean it, then ink it with whatever I want and put it in the rotation.
Reform #2 (just now freshly cleaned) will get a shot of Havana Brown when the time comes.

etoyoc
August 1st, 2012, 02:33 PM
I am assuming you know, but the nib unscrews as a unit. I haven't tried removing the nib/feed from the unit yet. The nib/feed are so tiny and in there so tight that once they are out, I don't know if I would be able to get the nib/feed back in without damaging them. So I don't know if the typical user can do much for getting old oils out short of a lot of flushing or a trip through an ultrasonic.

manoeuver
August 1st, 2012, 02:38 PM
I've had them out of both pens. The nib/feed was actually not in tight when I first tried reform #1- a very unsettling experience, it was wiggling like a... like a wiggleworm when I first started writing with it. Not cool. I quickly figured out I could screw it back and that fixed the problem.

manoeuver
August 1st, 2012, 02:55 PM
Geez, now that the pressure's off the pen is writing well in my humor journal. it's a 'Markings by CR Gibson' I picked up @ Staples for $5. Nice enough journal but the paper has some fibers in it that wick ink- a bizarre and pretty cool kind of feathering I guess...

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manoeuver
August 1st, 2012, 02:55 PM
Whoops. Chickens.

KrazyIvan
August 1st, 2012, 03:46 PM
Eat more chikin

Could it be that the 1745 is suffering from baby's bottom. The more absorbent paper wicking the ink out kind of point to that when you have problems with a less absorbent page.

manoeuver
August 1st, 2012, 04:09 PM
I louped it up and don't see a buttcheek situation. This pen may just become a dedicated journal pen I guess.

KrazyIvan
August 2nd, 2012, 11:22 AM
Odd about no baby's bottom. After making sure that the nib is adjusted properly, and if skipping persists, I would probably still have a go at it with some micro mesh or buff sticks. My Reform was my first nib adjusting/smoothing/flow test pen and it did give me a hard time before I got it right.

manoeuver
August 2nd, 2012, 12:18 PM
yeah this one is now scratching the hell out of whatever paper I'm putting it on.

The buff sticks you speak of, are they the same as fingernail boards? Emery boards or what have you?

KrazyIvan
August 2nd, 2012, 12:45 PM
yeah this one is now scratching the hell out of whatever paper I'm putting it on.

The buff sticks you speak of, are they the same as fingernail boards? Emery boards or what have you?

They are the grey sticks with the three different grits on them. The dollar store variety are too soft and you end up tearing into the grit with the nib. The good ones are sold by Richard Binder or at a Sally Beauty Supply. Maybe others.

Bogon07
August 2nd, 2012, 05:37 PM
Interesting selection of reference photos. Perhaps another with the pen beside the car's tyre.
Sorry to hear about your problems with the pens.
They do look very small next to a posted Safari.
That PR Ebony green is a really nice colour. The paper of the 'Markings by CR Gibson' journal does produce an interesting feathery and spikey look.