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FIC: First Christmas - Hotitudinosity
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FIC: First Christmas
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jalabert From: jalabert Date: December 27th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've always loved them. But I cant use them--I write too small and you'd only see a blurred line. :(

But I'm sure Ryan writes large and with a flourish.
few From: few Date: December 27th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you tried fine or extra-fine nibs? They can get pretty darn small....

Ryan would totally love being able to use lots of ink colours, too. He'd probably even mix his own to get just the right shade of pink. :)
krissielee From: krissielee Date: December 28th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Try being a lefty. That makes it harder because unless you get super quick drying ink, you smear EVERYTHING.

I finally got one this Christmas that doesn't smear. I have used it to write EVERYTHING. And a bunch of stuff that I didn't have to but just wanted it anyway. ;)
few From: few Date: December 29th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm a lefty, too. I find I generally get less ink on my hand using a fountain pen than from a ballpoint or even pencil.

I find Diamine's really good for drying time, and has more colours than, say, Waterman or Parker Quink (which are also quick-drying, just...occasionally I get tired of blue).
krissielee From: krissielee Date: December 29th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I smear like craaaaaaaazy with anything. I hook my hand really far, and I know that's part of the reason I smear so bad. My hand goes over what I write immediately.

I'll check into Diamine, then. I love fountain pens. Always have. :) But having a good quality pen that doesn't smear on me will be the greatest thing EVER. :D
few From: few Date: December 29th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I've tested a few Diamine colours (btw, if you're in the US--shipping rates internationally can make this pointless otherwise--Pear Tree Pens has this great "ink sampler" program, where for about $5 plus shipping you can pick any 4 inks they sell, and they'll send you a few ml of each so you can try them out before buying a full bottle), and in my experience they typically are smear-proof within 3 seconds. For the way I write, that's generally good enough.

Also, I've read that you can improve drying time of some of the more saturated inks (like Private Reserve) by diluting them with a bit of distilled water. I plan to try this in the near future, since I love PR's Burgundy Mist, but it does take a while to dry....
krissielee From: krissielee Date: December 29th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooooohh ... I'm gonna have fun with that! I mean, right now I'm good; I have a good 10 cartridges to go through because I need to start buying more (my mom did good shopping this time!), but I'll try and bribe her into letting me try something other than blue and black.

Hmm, that's interesting. I'll try that, too. I mean, I fail with ink -- for a while I actually used to write with tissue paper under my hand to catch the drips before they smeared. It worked, but it was annoying to use.
few From: few Date: December 29th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
For the ink sampler to work, you'll either need a converter for your pen or to clean out an empty cartridge and fill that with the ink. (I still have a bunch of Quink Washable Blue cartridges from the days before I discovered converters and bottled ink, because there were several years when I couldn't find them anywhere, so when they started reappearing I bought a pack every time I saw them, whether I needed one or not...)

Even if you're stuck with blue, there are so many types of blue! I have yet to settle on one that I want to keep using for work and stuff. :) Diamine's WES Imperial Blue, for instance, has these lovely purple undertones to it....
krissielee From: krissielee Date: December 29th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking about that, actually. I'll reuse until I find a converter somewhere. I mean, they have to be out there somewhere...

Well, her idea of blue and black is the 5 cartridge for $4 sale packs at Staples. ;) So there's not much variety there, but yay, cheap!
few From: few Date: December 29th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Point out to her that although a bottle of ink costs more than a pack of cartridges, the quantity of ink in that bottle is waaaaaay more than you get in those cartridges, so on a price-per-volume basis, the bottled ink is a lot cheaper. And you don't need to buy more as often. :)
krissielee From: krissielee Date: December 29th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Good point. I'll bring that up, considering how many pens we've gone through to finally find one I like that I can use well...
jalabert From: jalabert Date: December 29th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Gee, you two have given this a whole lot more thought than I have. ;)

I love pens and I covet a really nice one. Maybe it's time to treat myself.
few From: few Date: December 29th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been using cheap Parker Vectors since I was 14 (so...nearly 20 years); it's only in the past year I've ventured out. I still haven't spent more than $40 on a pen--bought a $20 Waterman Kultur and a $40 Waterman Phileas. I'm working my way up to the really nice ones. :)
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