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    Dip Pen trouble

    How the hell can I get my ink to actually come off the nib? I dip it in and it doesn't want to transfer to the page! I've read that you can slightly burn the nib to release the agent that prevents it from rusting or wash it.
    I've tried both with no luck!
    Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

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    What kind of nib are you using? How far are you dipping it? How much pressure are you drawing with?


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    Often the ink gets drawn up the nib to the opening and there's no ink left at the very tip to flow down the split. You can lightly touch it with a rag, or tap it on scrap paper, or just scratch it out on scraps to get it going. Once you do it should stay that way as long as there's a trace of ink down the split.

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    db is right - the whole thing is based on surface tension of the ink - it has to be "contiguous" or connected from the nib reservoir all the way down to the tip. Your surface is important to the technique as well - it has to have enough tooth to "draw off" the ink from the nib.

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    I'm betting you never shake your bottle of ink. Pigments settle, and you have to stir that stuff up to get the juices flowing.

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    Elwell - It's from a Speedball No.20 General Purpose set. The nibs themselves aren't listed, but it's not a very felixible nib. As for pressure, I've tried all kinds with this pen in the past (not the very same pen, but the same type/ brand etc) but it seems to work when it wants to. Thanks, though. Seems simply asking some questions may have brought to light how I handle my pen.

    dbclemons and jeff - You're right. This seems to be my problem, though. I dip it in carefully so that it only covers the resevoir and no further, but I can see that it's never actually on the tip. The surface I'm using is 100 g/m printing paper.

    squidmonk - Thanks, I'll try that!

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