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TBR
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10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
SamStevens
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10/17/2015 11:17:39 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
Buy a new pen for convenience? Use a gel pen such as Bic Velocity http://ecx.images-amazon.com...

Or go to the basics:

http://www.pnu.edu.sa...
"This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own." Sam Harris
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10/17/2015 11:20:26 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/17/2015 11:17:39 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
Buy a new pen for convenience? Use a gel pen such as Bic Velocity http://ecx.images-amazon.com...

Or go to the basics:

http://www.pnu.edu.sa...

Your loss brother.

Pickup a fountain pen some day. Bet you will never go back.
SamStevens
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10/17/2015 11:24:28 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/17/2015 11:20:26 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:17:39 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
Buy a new pen for convenience? Use a gel pen such as Bic Velocity http://ecx.images-amazon.com...

Or go to the basics:

http://www.pnu.edu.sa...

Your loss brother.

Pickup a fountain pen some day. Bet you will never go back.

I actually have one but don't use it on a regular basis since too much ink gets deposited onto the paper, which is not bad if based on the assumption that I do not have to use the back of said paper.
"This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own." Sam Harris
Life asked Death "Why do people love me but hate you?"
Death responded: "Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am the painful truth."
TBR
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10/17/2015 11:30:55 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/17/2015 11:24:28 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:20:26 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:17:39 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
Buy a new pen for convenience? Use a gel pen such as Bic Velocity http://ecx.images-amazon.com...

Or go to the basics:

http://www.pnu.edu.sa...

Your loss brother.

Pickup a fountain pen some day. Bet you will never go back.

I actually have one but don't use it on a regular basis since too much ink gets deposited onto the paper, which is not bad if based on the assumption that I do not have to use the back of said paper.

Well, there are a lot of different nibs that you can choose from. Yes, regardless, the ink is very different than you have on a ball-point or gel. It WILL absorb into the paper much more.

Writing with other pens is scratching ink to sit ON-TOP, while writing with a fountain pen is laying down ink that dries into the paper, in-affect staining it.
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10/17/2015 11:51:26 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/17/2015 11:30:55 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:24:28 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:20:26 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:17:39 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
Buy a new pen for convenience? Use a gel pen such as Bic Velocity http://ecx.images-amazon.com...

Or go to the basics:

http://www.pnu.edu.sa...

Your loss brother.

Pickup a fountain pen some day. Bet you will never go back.

I actually have one but don't use it on a regular basis since too much ink gets deposited onto the paper, which is not bad if based on the assumption that I do not have to use the back of said paper.

Well, there are a lot of different nibs that you can choose from. Yes, regardless, the ink is very different than you have on a ball-point or gel. It WILL absorb into the paper much more.

Ruined Notebooks(2016), viewing available in a school near you...

Writing with other pens is scratching ink to sit ON-TOP, while writing with a fountain pen is laying down ink that dries into the paper, in-affect staining it.

http://makeameme.org...
"This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own." Sam Harris
Life asked Death "Why do people love me but hate you?"
Death responded: "Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am the painful truth."
ShabShoral
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10/18/2015 12:26:54 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/17/2015 11:24:28 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:20:26 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:17:39 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
Buy a new pen for convenience? Use a gel pen such as Bic Velocity http://ecx.images-amazon.com...

Or go to the basics:

http://www.pnu.edu.sa...

Your loss brother.

Pickup a fountain pen some day. Bet you will never go back.

I actually have one but don't use it on a regular basis since too much ink gets deposited onto the paper, which is not bad if based on the assumption that I do not have to use the back of said paper.

That sounds like a paper problem. Buy some Rhodia or Clairefontaine.
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10/18/2015 12:30:35 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?

For my lever-fillers I usually just flush it a few times until the water expelled is clear.

For my eyedropper (a Falcon that I broke the converter for, lol), I usually just run it under the sink's faucet for a few minutes...

I've probably asked this before, but what pens do you use?
"Still rock my khakis with a cuff and a crease"

~ Dr. Dre

"This site is trash as a debate site. It's club penguin for dysfunctional adults."

~ Skepsikyma <3

"Your idea of good writing is like Spinoza mixed with Heidegger."

~ Dylly Dylly Cat Cat

"You seem to aspire to be a cross between a Jewish hipster, an old school WASP aristocrat, and a political iconoclast"

~ Thett the Mighty

"I don't think you'll have children anyway, Shab"

~ SardonicPerson
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10/18/2015 12:35:13 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/17/2015 11:20:26 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:17:39 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
Buy a new pen for convenience? Use a gel pen such as Bic Velocity http://ecx.images-amazon.com...

Or go to the basics:

http://www.pnu.edu.sa...

Your loss brother.

Pickup a fountain pen some day. Bet you will never go back.

You just haven't been using top-notch pencils, my good fellow.

http://www.graf-von-faber-castell.com...
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10/18/2015 12:39:35 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/18/2015 12:35:13 AM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:20:26 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:17:39 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
Buy a new pen for convenience? Use a gel pen such as Bic Velocity http://ecx.images-amazon.com...

Or go to the basics:

http://www.pnu.edu.sa...

Your loss brother.

Pickup a fountain pen some day. Bet you will never go back.

You just haven't been using top-notch pencils, my good fellow.

http://www.graf-von-faber-castell.com...

I'm actually interested in getting into luxury pencils... I really want an Eversharp Skyline repeater pencil and fountain pen set. That would be amazing. Beautiful pieces: http://www.ebay.com...
"Still rock my khakis with a cuff and a crease"

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"This site is trash as a debate site. It's club penguin for dysfunctional adults."

~ Skepsikyma <3

"Your idea of good writing is like Spinoza mixed with Heidegger."

~ Dylly Dylly Cat Cat

"You seem to aspire to be a cross between a Jewish hipster, an old school WASP aristocrat, and a political iconoclast"

~ Thett the Mighty

"I don't think you'll have children anyway, Shab"

~ SardonicPerson
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10/18/2015 1:28:32 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/18/2015 12:39:35 AM, ShabShoral wrote:
At 10/18/2015 12:35:13 AM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:20:26 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:17:39 PM, SamStevens wrote:
At 10/17/2015 11:03:35 PM, TBR wrote:
A conversation the other week, plus the need to clean my pens, brought me to write this.

I have been using a number of methods, solutions etc. Here is the way best way to do this.

1) Put nibs in very hot water with dish soap
2) Let sit for a bit (5 min)
3) Get hot water in another cup, and a cup for waste water.
4) Take small sip of hot water.
5) Put nib to mouth, force hot water through nib into waste water cup (several times)
repeat process

Anyone else with better process?
Buy a new pen for convenience? Use a gel pen such as Bic Velocity http://ecx.images-amazon.com...

Or go to the basics:

http://www.pnu.edu.sa...

Your loss brother.

Pickup a fountain pen some day. Bet you will never go back.

You just haven't been using top-notch pencils, my good fellow.

http://www.graf-von-faber-castell.com...

I'm actually interested in getting into luxury pencils... I really want an Eversharp Skyline repeater pencil and fountain pen set. That would be amazing. Beautiful pieces: http://www.ebay.com...

That looks very nice.

My wife is an artist. Her pencils are so very nice. Yea, they can be messy, but the black is so black.
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10/22/2015 12:34:47 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/18/2015 1:28:32 AM, TBR wrote:

My wife is an artist. Her pencils are so very nice. Yea, they can be messy, but the black is so black.

when I was a graphic artist we used clean our rapidiographs (similar to fountain pen) in a sonic cleaner and water for about 20 min.
sonic cleaner creates high frequency vibrations like the sonic toothbrush
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10/22/2015 12:44:12 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/22/2015 12:34:47 AM, ironslippers wrote:
At 10/18/2015 1:28:32 AM, TBR wrote:

My wife is an artist. Her pencils are so very nice. Yea, they can be messy, but the black is so black.

when I was a graphic artist we used clean our rapidiographs (similar to fountain pen) in a sonic cleaner and water for about 20 min.
sonic cleaner creates high frequency vibrations like the sonic toothbrush

That would be cool.