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2022 Exchanges / Re: My Flower Power Exchange 2022
« on: May 28, 2022, 08:01:17 AM »
Those are absolutely amazing Erica.

Tools & Supplies / Calligraphy auction
« on: May 04, 2022, 09:52:01 AM »
Not sure if this is allowed or the correct place for it, please move or delete as appropriate.

I just came across a temporary addition to the Yoke Pen Company website.
It appears that Christopher is getting rid of a bunch of stuff from his own collection. He has a page set up as an auction with some very cool stuff. He has also mentioned it on his IG.

I donít know about a guild, but there are a few calligraphy seminars at the Baltimore Pen Show this weekend.
March 11-13 at the Airport Marriott

Tools & Supplies / Re: BlueDew Flex Fountain Pen Review
« on: February 19, 2022, 05:15:03 PM »
That ink is a perfect match.
In your hands, that pen becomes a wonderful tool.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: February 08, 2022, 08:07:45 AM »
Another ink in action - the superb "Stargazer" (day 12) in a fountain pen with a 2.5mm nib, made by FF's own @darrin1200 of Timber Elegance.  What a beautiful pen!

I am glad you like the pen and that itís fitting well into your tool chest.
 ;) There is a new package enroute  ;)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Fountain Pen Help
« on: January 13, 2022, 08:30:38 AM »
Good morning Nicole

I donít believe this is a ďname brandĒ, although the construction looks well made. Iíll through the clip image out to my FP group, to see if anyone recognizes it.

Can you measure how deep the inside of the barrel is. I have a few different converters here and might have something short enough enough to fit.

With regards to ink, be very careful which inks you put into a fountain pen. They do not play well with many of the usual calligraphy inks, especially iron Gaul inks. A lot of the calligraphy inks, are a little ďthickerĒ than fountain pen inks, and may clog the feed.

I am not sure where you are located, but there is a good chance you can find some standard international ink cartridges near by. I think Staples carries some.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Fountain Pen Help
« on: January 12, 2022, 08:15:06 AM »
Good morning @nicole.t .

I am not an expert, but most likely, this is an inexpensive ďgiveawayĒ pen. The first clue is that the only markings are the lpromotionalĒ university name. Keep in mind, that fountain pens are much more prevalent in European education. This does not mean itís no good.

Can you show a picture of the clip?
Sometimes the clip is the company identifier.

The ďIridium Point GermanyĒ is indicative of an inexpensive pen. It does not mean it is made in Germany, and does not contain Iridium.

99 out of 100, these pens take a standard international cartridge.
The picture shows one of these, the lower one. Some people actually refill these, using a blunt syringe.
The upper one is a Schmidt K5 converter, which is very common. Is this the one you are trying? If so, Itís possible that the converter is to long to fit in the pen barrel. If this is the case, there are other converter possibilities.

I hope we can get this pen flowing for you.

Merry Christmas Erica

I wish you and everyone in the group a Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: December 14, 2021, 07:50:43 AM »
I love that blue. It has such bright hints.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: December 02, 2021, 08:01:09 AM »
Amazing work K-2. Iím looking forward to the rest.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Addressing Christmas Envelopes
« on: November 28, 2021, 08:55:42 AM »
Love the parallel pens! I have never been brave enough to put the ink in directly without a cartridge though. I will have to add that to my calligraphy bucket list.  ;D
I am jealous of your table. Sounds fabulous!

Be careful filling your pens directly with ink, known as eye dropper filling. While it is a great way to get a ton of ink into your pen, it does have its risks. Usually the threads on an eyed droppered  pen get just a dab of silicone grease to ensure the ink does not leak through them. Some fountain pens are actually made to be eyedroppered. There is also the risk of staining your favourite pen.

I think what K is referring to to is cartridge refilling. It is another common way to play with inks. A used cartridge is flushed out completely. Then, using a small syringe, new ink is put into the cartridge. Itís a great way to make use of colours that arenít normally available in your choice of colour. Some people actually refill a number of cartridges at a time, and seal them with a tiny, tiny drop of hot melt glue. That way you can travel with your ink collection as well. Just remember to peel the hot glue off before sticking it in your pen.

Word of the Day / Re: Inktober 2021
« on: November 02, 2021, 12:10:48 PM »
@K-2 i just finished another project, and was going to try a section for the BlueDew this afternoon.
Iíll let you know how it goes.

Word of the Day / Re: Inktober 2021
« on: November 02, 2021, 10:05:48 AM »
@AnasaziWrites I canít wait to see your Inkvent creations. I didnít get one this year, but a lot of members in our local FP club did, so I am sure Iíll get to see lots of samples.
I'm guessing you meant to address this to K-2, although who knows, perhaps I'll get the 2021 Inkvent as well, and join in the fun on the proposed thread.

OMG Where was my head this morning. The Inkvent note was meant for @K-2 . But I do hope you put your hand to it as well. Iím sure the results will be outstanding.

Word of the Day / Re: Inktober 2021
« on: November 02, 2021, 07:51:13 AM »
@AnasaziWrites I canít wait to see your Inkvent creations. I didnít get one this year, but a lot of members in our local FP club did, so I am sure Iíll get to see lots of samples.

Word of the Day / Re: Inktober 2021
« on: November 02, 2021, 07:46:37 AM »
Congratulations on getting through the month with such fantastic interpretations. I really enjoyed them every morning.
Thank you.

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