Here is a great article with some tips on how a pen owner can go about fixing a finicky fountain pen. Whether the ink dried up in the pen or it just doesn’t seem to write right.
I noticed today that Franklin-Christopher has a limited time run on the Firma-Flex Journal in red. The cover material is firm enough to write on down to the last page yet maintains a flexibility that is comfortable to hold. Will open flat for comfortable writing.
I ordered one of the A5 sizes today with graph paper along with a couple of packs of black and royal blue ink cartridges. Their cartridges and bottled ink will work perfectly in any of our fountain pens.
Spent a good day down in fellow turner Jonathon Brooks’ workshop learning some new techniques. One of Jonathon’s designs has been the mini fountain pen. This fun little pen is very compact when capped but when posted becomes a full sized comfortable pen. It was a great project to learn with as it touches on many design challenges in a compact form.
This mini fountain pen was created using minimal commercially available products. The clip was salvaged from another pen design and the nib and feed are one of our standard Heritance upgrade nibs. The rest was turned, threaded, and drilled from a 3/4″ square stick of acrylic with an ebonite front section.
A good write up over at Writer’s Bloc touches on the wide range of options available to fountain pen users.
A good every day use brand that I have been happy with is made by Private Reserve. Velvet Black and DC Supershow Blue have been my favorites for a good go-to black and blue ink and is typically what I will include with one of our fountain pens. I’ve also had a lot of fun with Copper Burst in some of our demonstrators as people find that they get more creative when a unique color is at their disposal. Private Reserve ink is available in either bottled or cartridge and is relatively inexpensive if you’re just starting out.
If you’re looking to move up to more advanced inks, jump over to the Writer’s Bloc blog post to read a more on how to choose an ink that fits your needs.