In this episode, I talk about wet and dry inks, pro tips for attending fountain pen shows, and the most beautiful fountain pen nibs.
- got back from Disney!
New/Upcoming Products – (1:42)
1) isaaccapps- Instagram – (8:37)
- it sure does!
- it keeps the nib wetter so it doesn’t dry out
- it allows the user to grip closer to the tip without getting inky fingers
- it often fills at a lower point than other pens, so it doesn’t require as much ink in the bottle
2) travelluxuryandleisure- Instagram – (12:57)
- Visconti, especially two-tone
- Pelikan two-tone gold nibs
- Montblanc does a good job with their nibs
- Namiki nibs are pretty, especially the massive Emperor nib!
- there are many others I’ve seen, I just don’t have in my personal collection
Ink – (17:57)
3) Justin C.- Facebook – (18:10)
- all FP inks are water-based, so they’re all “wet”, really
- it’s like how some wines are considered “dry”
- it has to do with how much it flows onto the page
- Pelikan 4001 inks are generally referred to as the driest of inks
- most other brands are varied, and up for a lot of debate as to what’s wet and dry
- it’s more nuanced, about specific inks really
- wetter inks usually have longer dry times
- Aurora ink is considered very wet, same with Noodler’s Eel
- you may want to sample and experiment
- check out individual ink reviews on GPC and see how people are rating them
4) thatlepakluck- Instagram – (31:28)
- Noodler’s Blue Ghost is my favorite novelty ink
- Dusty purples: Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa, J. Herbin Poussière de Lune, Diamine Damson, Robert Oster Purple Rock
Troubleshooting – (38:05)
5) tfarahat- Instagram – (38:14)
- In hardware stores, it can sometimes be labeled as plumber’s grease (and should say something about it being clear silicone)
- NOT plumber’s caulk, very different!
- I’ve heard of others successfully using Vaseline or Aquaphor, I don’t know if these are quite as inert and non-reactive as silicone grease but they can work in a pinch!
Personal – (42:18)
6) _marcos354- Instagram – (42:25)
- research ahead of time, see what vendors will be at the show (especially if you want nib work)
- nibmeisters often work up a list ahead of time or immediately when the show opens, so go for that first if you need that work done
- set a budget, know how much you want to spend and maybe even bring cash
- see if there’s a map or listing of vendors when you first arrive
- if you’re looking for something rare/specific, consider a pre-show pass or just gun right for that thing as soon as you can go
- do a full lap of the show, spending 30-60 seconds at each table and move on, take note of specific tables you want to come back to
- complete the lap and then revisit the specific tables
- wear comfortable shoes!
- bring clothing that can hold a number of pens
- bring a phone or camera for pics
- bring a notebook of your own, ink too ideally
- consider going with a fellow pen geek, it’s more fun that way
- consider bringing a lunch, sometimes you have to travel a bit to get lunch and that’s precious time away from pens!
7) drchristine74- Instagram – (54:24)
Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.