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    Sometimes when tines persistently return to a position out of alignment the problem lies with the feed. It may be that it is a little rotated or even has a small imperfection.
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    I had to learn the hard way years ago in regards to the thread- Vintage Pens is to always use safe ink. I have melted more sac's out of ignorance and was warned beforehand. I love my many vintage pens more so than modern, but that is just me.

    Depending on where my vintage pen came from have never had mis-aligned tines as the sellers were pen-aholics themselves. Of course doinking a few have had to go back to realign or send out. Sorry to hear some folks have or are having issues with their older pens. Don't give up on them as they are worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingwiper View Post
    I had to learn the hard way years ago in regards to the thread- Vintage Pens is to always use safe ink. I have melted more sac's out of ignorance and was warned beforehand.
    That's definitely annoying. So far, sac degradation hasn't been an issue in any of my so-equipped pens but I've only been at this ~18 months.

    I have been rather indiscriminate in choosing inks for these pens, though I am choosy in picking sacs and only a few of the pens have sacs someone else put in.

    If / when it happens I will replace the sac and re-evaluate using my detailed inking / cleaning log.

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    Bent clips! (even when it's only slight)
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    The obsession with stripping pens down completely to clean them, as if complete disassembly every couple of weeks is not just a good idea but almost mandatory maintenance practice.

    I'll only flush my pens if I am changing colours or setting them aside for a protracted period. And then I just run them under tap water. I'm a monster, I know...
    Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.

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    Default Re: Vintage venting and other peeves

    Quote Originally Posted by silverlifter View Post
    The obsession with stripping pens down completely to clean them, as if complete disassembly every couple of weeks is not just a good idea but almost mandatory maintenance practice.

    I'll only flush my pens if I am changing colours or setting them aside for a protracted period. And then I just run them under tap water. I'm a monster, I know...
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    Default Re: Vintage venting and other peeves

    When a previous owner or repairman has attempted to "straighten" a Triumph or similarly up-turned nib because the person assumes the up-turn is a defect or damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlifter View Post
    The obsession with stripping pens down completely to clean them, as if complete disassembly every couple of weeks is not just a good idea but almost mandatory maintenance practice.

    I'll only flush my pens if I am changing colours or setting them aside for a protracted period. And then I just run them under tap water. I'm a monster, I know...
    Good luck doing that to a Sheaffer Snorkel or Vac-filler.
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    If you do polish your pens it is generally a good idea to put a strip of sticky tape over the imprint to stop it being worn away.

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    My pet peeve has nothing to do with anything anybody else might have done. Nope. I'm the culprit. What I hate is forgetting what I inked a particular pen with. In particular, I have several turquoise-like inks that are hard to tell apart, and each is in a different pen, but I forget which is which...
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    My pet peeve has nothing to do with anything anybody else might have done. Nope. I'm the culprit. What I hate is forgetting what I inked a particular pen with. In particular, I have several turquoise-like inks that are hard to tell apart, and each is in a different pen, but I forget which is which...
    Not an original solution, but I have a little notebook for which I have no other use. When I ink a pen, I write the name of the pen and the ink with the date in the notebook. I cross it out when I'm going to clean out the pen and either leave it empty or use a different ink. Not that mixing Pilot Blue and Blue Black would be a disaster, but I just like to keep track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    My pet peeve has nothing to do with anything anybody else might have done. Nope. I'm the culprit. What I hate is forgetting what I inked a particular pen with. In particular, I have several turquoise-like inks that are hard to tell apart, and each is in a different pen, but I forget which is which...
    Not an original solution, but I have a little notebook for which I have no other use. When I ink a pen, I write the name of the pen and the ink with the date in the notebook. I cross it out when I'm going to clean out the pen and either leave it empty or use a different ink. Not that mixing Pilot Blue and Blue Black would be a disaster, but I just like to keep track.
    I've been thinking for a while I need to do that. Problem is, I would have to start the notebook with a lot of ???s after pen names...
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    My pet peeve has nothing to do with anything anybody else might have done. Nope. I'm the culprit. What I hate is forgetting what I inked a particular pen with. In particular, I have several turquoise-like inks that are hard to tell apart, and each is in a different pen, but I forget which is which...
    If I ever have the same issue, I'd just take a smartphone photo of the pen and the ink either before or after filling.
    Even if I forgot it afterwards, I can always scroll back though my photos and find out exactly which pen has what ink.
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    The obsession with stripping pens down completely to clean them, as if complete disassembly every couple of weeks is not just a good idea but almost mandatory maintenance practice.

    I'll only flush my pens if I am changing colours or setting them aside for a protracted period. And then I just run them under tap water. I'm a monster, I know...
    Good luck doing that to a Sheaffer Snorkel or Vac-filler.
    Yeah, but I bet Silverlifter is pretty much in the same camp as me: those pens aren't "ink experiment" pens, they get inked, repeatedly, with known inks. If a flushing is indicated for some reason, it isn't going to have to be one that gets you to "the water is running clear" but simply getting the pen clean so that it functions well. If you are going to re-ink it with the same color it lessens the amount of work necessary, unlike going from a dark blue ink to a bright yellow or something. I think it comes down to knowledgable hygiene vs. obsessive, maximal flushing. The latter is a lot easer to do on other filling systems.
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    Bent clips! (even when it's only slight)
    Broken off clips! With a tiny bit left...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
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    The obsession with stripping pens down completely to clean them, as if complete disassembly every couple of weeks is not just a good idea but almost mandatory maintenance practice.

    I'll only flush my pens if I am changing colours or setting them aside for a protracted period. And then I just run them under tap water. I'm a monster, I know...
    Good luck doing that to a Sheaffer Snorkel or Vac-filler.
    Yeah, but I bet Silverlifter is pretty much in the same camp as me: those pens aren't "ink experiment" pens, they get inked, repeatedly, with known inks.
    My only snorkel, a PFM II, has Aurora Black in it. Refilling = cleaning as far as I am concerned
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    I have a small niggle about vintage pens - it's when the description says there is a personalisation but the seller refuses to post an image of it.

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    My pet peeve is when people use silly words to describe like: gorgeous, lovely, handsome splendid, beautiful stupendous, pretty in front of pens when listing it. If a pens in nice condition it speak for itself and not airs and graces given to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    My other peeve is under-polished pens.
    I like the feel of a smooth pen. If it feels slightly rough or not finely polished I find I do not reach for it as often.

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