Tuesday, 4 October 2011

New pen


I got a new pen - a Lamy Safari fountain pen - and have been trying it out with the standard blue ink cartridge it came with.

lamy experiments
lamy experiments
lamy experiments
on the table
I have a converter I can use for my own ink, and want a permanent ink that I can also use with watercolour on top, but I'm a bit worried the pen will dry and clog. Do you have a fountain pen you use for drawing? Which kind of ink do you use in your pen? Will Indian ink ruin the pen? Please share your experiences in comments.

5 comments:

  1. I got a Lamy Safari several months ago and now it's almost all I use. I put a converter in it and use Noodler's Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink. It says "bulletproof" on it, but I won't be testing it that way. The ink isn't immediately waterproof, but it's usually enough unless I'm adding yellow or some other light watercolor. Then it's best to wait a bit longer.

    I liked the Safari so much, I bought another one and put in a converter and gray ink so I wouldn't have to mess around when I wanted to change colors. Now, I just have to find a place for all my old pens.

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  2. Hi Ea - I too have a Lamy Safari - and been using it on and off with the blue ink with which it comes - was looking online to find sepia ink but it does'nt seem to exist, except with a converter, and I haven't got round to that yet!

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  3. Hi Ea - Noodlers bulletproof black (also polar blue and polar brown) works fine for me but some people have problems with it (depends on the paper and the humidity) others swear by Platnium Carbon Ink but I haven't tried it. Have fun! I love Lamy Safari's they are just so nice in the hand!!!! Love these pages!!!!

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  4. I wrote on FB too, but need to add some, after reading here:
    Yes, Indian ink will ruin the pen. Definitely.
    I have never had problems with the Platinum Carbon ink, though, even when not using the pen for a while. Just rinse the pen every once in a while. And as for Sepia ink - I also use Platinum Pigmented Sepia. Works perfectly, and is waterproof. Same routines as the Carbon black, though, rinse the pen from time to time.
    The Noodler´s Black didn´t do it for me, it takes forever to dry on some papers. Noodler´s Polar black is a little better, but not enough. Lexington grey is the only colour that really works for me in the Noodler´s range.
    Good luck with your pen, hope you´ll like it as much as I like mine! :)

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  5. Thank you Vicky, Ruth, Liz and Nina for the feedback, it is much appreciated! And thank you for teh warning Nina - no reason for me to test, and ruin, the pen with India ink then ;)
    I will try ordering Lexington grey and Platinum Carbon black.

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