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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« Last post by Bianca M on February 23, 2018, 07:07:06 PM »
Welcome, Lorna!
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Ink flow issue
« Last post by Intelsana on February 23, 2018, 03:02:56 PM »
Thank you all! I will try all of this advice.  I am using KY Series Sumi Ink from paper ink arts.
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Ink flow issue
« Last post by Salman Khattak on February 23, 2018, 01:13:55 PM »
Do you have enough ink on your nib?  The hole in your nib should be completely covered in ink after you dip.

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« Last post by Dries on February 23, 2018, 12:19:02 PM »
Hi and welcome, Lorna! Hope you enjoy being on the forum as much as I do.
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Ink flow issue
« Last post by Bianca M on February 23, 2018, 12:18:27 PM »
You're definitely not the first person to have trouble with walnut ink on a Hunt 101!  Most Sumis are suitable with that nib, though.  If your ink is coating the nib evenly and not beading up, then you've prepped it properly- it doesn't take much with a 101 (I just put some saliva on a paper towel and gently wipe the nib.  Always be gentle. :) ).  You'll find plenty of opinions on preferred methods in here, as there are many! But, if your nib is prepped well and it's still doing it, then of course turn to your ink.

What Sumi ink are you using?
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Ink flow issue
« Last post by InkyFingers on February 23, 2018, 11:51:17 AM »
In the golden days, they use arabic gum powder to thicken the ink.  An older method was to sweeten the ink with honey.  Bonus with honey is the letters shines under sunlight but is often sticky.

Seems that the nibs have different surface tension.  If both nibs were prep'd the same, the metal coating on both nibs are different.

i would try using toothpaste and brush both nibs with a cotton q_tip.  rinse, and then wet with saliva and left to dry.  both nibs should have the same surface tension.  I would test each nib with fountain pen ink (i prefer Pelikan ink).  If both behaves the same then your walnut ink is too thin.

Follow @AnasaziWrites' advise when in doubt.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Ink flow issue
« Last post by AnasaziWrites on February 23, 2018, 09:04:53 AM »
Any ideas?
@Intelsana
Sounds like your ink is a bit thin for the finer nibs.
You could leave the bottles of ink open for a few hours per day until they thicken.
In the meantime, after dipping your nib in the ink, take a little bit of the ink off the nib by touching the inside edge of your container to let a little of the ink run off. With less ink on the nib, it may not blob. This requires more frequent dipping, but that's how I get around a too thin ink that blobs on very fine nibs.
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Ink flow issue
« Last post by Intelsana on February 23, 2018, 07:19:11 AM »
Thanks for your reply! I have already done that with the nibs. Should I do it again?
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Exchange Tracking - Holi Hearts 2018 / Re: Sent - List 2
« Last post by clemencecruz on February 23, 2018, 07:01:36 AM »
Hello! Posted my letters today. I'm extremely sorry for sending them late. I hope you get them as soon as possible.
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Ink flow issue
« Last post by InkyFingers on February 22, 2018, 10:22:09 PM »
Get a potato and carefully insert the nib all the way, just above the gravity drain cut out.  Wait 1 minute then use the nib.
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