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Finally tried the Blue Pumpkin! Started by QM2Jan 10 Please log in to reply. Member - Gold 4, posts Location: the picturebooks. Posted 10 January - My husband bought a small Brause calligraphy set for the purpose of ink testing.
In addition to italic nibs of different sizes, the set includes the Steno "Blue Pumpkin". I was really excited to try it, but the excitement soon turned to confusion: While the other nibs in the set wrote very well with both Higgins Eternal and with fountain pen inks even the thinner, more watery inksthe Blue Pumpkin refused to hold ink, even the Higgins. The nib could write out maybe 2 letters at best before needing to be re-dipped. I primed the nib sufficiently and tried it on different papers, so this was not due to problems with a specific paper or residual oils.
In the end, the Pumpkin performed only after my husband fashioned a t-shaped flap out of aluminum foil, which he wrapped around the nib like a makeshift reservoir. With the flap, the flow is even, the flex is great, and I can get 3 lines of text out of the nib before re-dipping. But my question is, why won't my Blue Pumpkin write without this addition?
I assume that it was meant to write as is, and dipping on every 2nd letter could not have been part of the design. Any feedback appreciated, QM2. Posted 10 January - I had the same experience with that nib I don't know why, I'm not a dip-den-nib-noob, I wrote with near hundred different dip pen nibs and specially liked the flexy ones Blue Pumpkin - Kinza with Coppé - Global Melody Bandits (FileLeonard Principal Edited by sk2yshine, 10 January - Posted 10 January - Here are the pictures of the modified nib: The modification was relatively easy and only took a few minutes for the whole process of cutting, shaping and molding around the curvature of the nib.
It does not affect flex at all since it is attached at the rear solid part of the nib and does not touch the tines even with extreme flex. It also happens to hold lots of ink. If this works, I might make a permanent flap out of a sturdy material or perhaps use one from an existing Speedball or another brand nib. Posted 10 January - yeah, that sure helps to hold the ink on the nib Posted 10 January - Interesting that you had the same problem.
I have never read any complaints about this nib before, only praises -- which is why its inability to hold ink surprised me. Higgins Eternal is a thick calligraphy ink that works in any other dip pen I have ever tried. I'd be interested to hear what people use in the Blue Pumpkin to make it flow, gouache?. Posted 10 January - I get words per dip with Speedball Superblack. The biggest trouble I have with it is making sure that so much ink doesn't blob up on the underside of the pen and dump out in a huge puddle when I start to write.
I think the curved shape of the Steno lends itself to slurping up too much ink with surface tension. The Brause Rose only gets me words per dip.
I don't have any Higgins here to compare. I remember it being a MP3) ink, but I have trouble accepting that it would make quite this much difference. I get words per dip with Speedball Superblack. Speedball Superblack -- thanks, I will give that a try.
Has anybody used Ackerman pump pens with this nib? I've had pretty good success with them. You still have to be careful with the thing. It's really not something you can toss around like a fountain pen. For best results, send mail to Charles Ackerman asking which of his "perfect feeds" would be best.
He's put a lot of time into matching feed design with dip pens and I'm pretty sure he's familiar with the 'Steno'. Tom Purser from the charity says, "Autistic children and adults make up a large part of our Blue Pumpkin - Kinza with Coppé - Global Melody Bandits (File - around 1 in people - and should be able to enjoy Halloween just like everyone else.
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