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Donald Kilpatrick
February 2011
Fountain pens!
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It has been too long between this and my last post here on Drawger, and these past two months have been quite momentous for me in almost all senses of the word.  I have come close to posting this or that, but when I get it all ready, I lose my enthusiasm for what I was about to post so I have waited.  I have a lot of new work and news to share, and I will post that later.

Last weekend my wife and I decided to give our old, jank sectional couch away, and I am glad to have seen it go. We bought it a summer ago so that we could seat all of us together, and have a couch that our kids could trash without us worrying about it. It was the type of couch that eats everything that falls out of your pockets, and I lost everything from my cell phone to pens to my money in this thing.

One of these things that were lost in this couch was my Parker 45 fountain pen that was my go- to pen for everything. Before it fell out of the couch when I was moving it into the moving truck, I thought that I had lost the pen in one of my travels. In the meantime I was able to make due with other stuff that I have, but it just wasn’t the same, and I even bought an inexpensive Rotring pen to use for whatever job came my way. The problem with a lot of what I was using is that it just didn’t have the same feel, or line quality that I got with the Parker. The Rotring leaked a lot, and skips like crazy. I don’t ever recommend getting one if you want to get into the fountain pen/ portable dip pen thing.

I filled the Parker 45 with ink, and to my surprise it wouldn’t write. I tried cleaning it in an ultrasonic cleaner, and everything else I could think of, but no dice (* side note- I was eventually able to use the Parker. I found out how to properly clean it via the Internets…). When this sort of thing happens I get can’t let it go, and in my search for something online that would replace my Parker, I found an amazing pen that only costs 14 bucks- the Noodler’s Ink Co. piston-fill fountain pen.

This Noodler’s pen can be taken apart completely, and is so easy to take apart that it only takes using a Q-tip to do it. You can also swap different nibs into it, and if you are careful to clean it out right away, put all kinds of ink into it.

The problem for me when I travel is whether or not I should bring my crow-quill pens and such, and this Noodler’s pen solves that for me. I can take this with me anywhere and load it with whatever permanent ink I want, and if I clean it out right away, it won’t clog up on me. I have been using Noodler’s ink in it, but I am sure you can use a variety of ink.
 
I don't recommend spending the money for this pen. It never worked for me, and i never got the line i wished for.

This is a selection of what i typically use, sans the fountain pens. Really, i can use most anything, but it is nice to have a good fountain pen in the mix.

My Parker 45.

Using one of my "Water Brush" brand brush pens. These are relatively inexpensive, and you can fill them with whatever you want.

Taking apart the Noodler's pen. Anyone can disassemble this thing and put it back together. Check out the YouTube hyperlink i have in the article.

The Noodler's pen disassembled.

This is the nib of an old Mabie-Todd "Swan" fountain pen that i bought at a flea market a while back. I took this nib and put it in the Noodler's pen. There is something about a 14ct. nib...

Noodler's "bullet-proof" black ink. It is permanent if you let it dry for a while. It tends to stay wet longer than i really like, but it is a perfect no-brainer permanent ink for fountain pens. It won't clog or ruin your pen if you leave it in the pen for a while. Love the ink, but the design of their label needs help.

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