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    Default Bulb syringes

    Today, my last cheap bulb syringe has, as usual, burst at the seam around its perimeter. Years ago I bought several of them on Amazon to save shipping cost, but it was false economy due to poor quality. Mind you, they were intended for gentle flushing of ears, not high pressure flushing of nib units and feeds.

    Luckily, as backup I have some desoldering bulbs recommended by Ron. They have no glued seam to burst apart. Just pull the plastic nozzle off and you’re good to go.

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    I've been using the same two, blue ear syringes for years for flushing pens. I would miss the ability of the 'pointed' end to stick into the back of the section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    I've been using the same two, blue ear syringes for years for flushing pens. I would miss the ability of the 'pointed' end to stick into the back of the section.
    I slide the end over the back of the section, immerse the section and squeeze...in and out. That's what causes the seam to inevitably fail.

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    You brute.
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    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    Default Re: Bulb syringes

    I use the blue ones from a local pharmacy. A little different from the one Fred pictured. But have never split one either. Then again, I'm possibly a tad less vigorous in my application of force.



    A little hint: Cut the back off a cartridge and insert into the bulb for flushing cartridge/converter pens. You might have to trim the bulb back a bit. I have one each for international, Pilot, Sailor, and Cross.

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    Default Re: Bulb syringes

    Mine bust at the seams, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wile E Coyote View Post
    I use the blue ones from a local pharmacy. A little different from the one Fred pictured. But have never split one either....
    Better! I got what I paid for. <sigh!>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wile E Coyote View Post
    I use the blue ones from a local pharmacy. A little different from the one Fred pictured. But have never split one either. Then again, I'm possibly a tad less vigorous in my application of force.



    A little hint: Cut the back off a cartridge and insert into the bulb for flushing cartridge/converter pens. You might have to trim the bulb back a bit. I have one each for international, Pilot, Sailor, and Cross.
    yeah these look just right...

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    Still Life with Bulb Syringe, 2022
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
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    the color of my sad tear

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    Hey, Jon, that desk calendar looks a bit empty. I'd say, "Where is your lawn-mowing chore written down?" but then I remember where you live. Or, maybe you honor "no-mow May." I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    Hey, Jon, that desk calendar looks a bit empty. I'd say, "Where is your lawn-mowing chore written down?" but then I remember where you live. Or, maybe you honor "no-mow May." I don't.
    Answer #1: I had a couple of these left over from when I was caring for parents. They were clipped to the refrig and kept track of all the drs appts and caregivers, etc. After all that ended I realized they make great desk blotters: I use them for a couple of months, they get messed up with random ink smudges and whatnot, and then I tear off and have a clean 'desktop'!

    Answer #2 (Dark Humor version): The lawn? Hell, I'm just waiting for a good brushfire to sweep through my back yard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    Hey, Jon, that desk calendar looks a bit empty. I'd say, "Where is your lawn-mowing chore written down?" but then I remember where you live. Or, maybe you honor "no-mow May." I don't.
    Answer #1: I had a couple of these left over from when I was caring for parents. They were clipped to the refrig and kept track of all the drs appts and caregivers, etc. After all that ended I realized they make great desk blotters: I use them for a couple of months, they get messed up with random ink smudges and whatnot, and then I tear off and have a clean 'desktop'!

    Answer #2 (Dark Humor version): The lawn? Hell, I'm just waiting for a good brushfire to sweep through my back yard!
    Dude, I believe in jinxes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    I've been using the same two, blue ear syringes for years for flushing pens. I would miss the ability of the 'pointed' end to stick into the back of the section.
    I slide the end over the back of the section, immerse the section and squeeze...in and out. That's what causes the seam to inevitably fail.
    I have had two of your "bad" versions burst around that seam. The ones I have now are a bit too small so I'm looking for a couple of decent ones. Those pictured by Wile E Coyote and Jon look quite good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Still Life with Bulb Syringe, 2022
    Jon, Is that NFT going to be posted in the FPGeeks Flea Market anytime soon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    Dude, I believe in jinxes!!
    I'll mow, first thing in the morning. What passes for a 'lawn' is a very small area in the back yard fille with mostly a ground cover (lipia) and a bit of grass. Takes 5 minutes to mow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    I've been using the same two, blue ear syringes for years for flushing pens. I would miss the ability of the 'pointed' end to stick into the back of the section.
    I slide the end over the back of the section, immerse the section and squeeze...in and out. That's what causes the seam to inevitably fail.
    Rather than drawing water back in through the section, I move my syringe to a container of clean water, draw water there, then force the clean water through the section into the dirty container. All out through the section, no in. Maybe I add complexity for little gain.

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    Drawing water back in through the section seems like the same as the action of filling the pen. I tend to let water come back into the ear bulb like Fred does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Drawing water back in through the section seems like the same as the action of filling the pen. I tend to let water come back into the ear bulb like Fred does.
    Same here. With clear sections, I can see that the action going both ways helps remove ink (eg, in a Preppy, where getting ink out from between those many feed fins inside the section can be challenging). Maybe this shortens the life of the bulb, tho.

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    Default Re: Bulb syringes

    I'm too lazy to use a bulb syringe. I use a 100 mil syring. Though I won't recommend it for pen with weak/ tender nipples...

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