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How do I separate the barrel from my fountain pen when it's stuck from dried ink?

Prepare a jewelry cleaning kit... moisten separate squares of paper towel in common solvents and put each in a separate plastic bag. make one each for clean water, water with dish-soap, rubbing ...
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Best materials for a long-lasting scroll

We actually have a good idea of which scroll materials last for hundreds of years, because we have scrolls that are hundreds of years old. What are they made of? Parchment We have two thousand year ...
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Gold nibs vs steel nibs in fountain pens - Does it really matter?

Gold nib fountain pens - invented around 1850 - were originally the standard as early (fountain pen) inks had corrosive properties. Although corrosion of nibs is no longer a problem, gold nibs have ...
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How do I separate the barrel from my fountain pen when it's stuck from dried ink?

I'm thinking of buying antique fountain pen, but the barrel is stuck to the nib and section because ink has dried it closed. No. Dried ink is not why it's stuck together. With vintage fountain pens, ...
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What are the different pencil/pen holding techniques for drawing? Which should be followed in which case?

There is a previous discussion here: What exercises can I do to improve the line quality of my drawings? Holding a pencil is mostly up to the artist's preference. Discussed in the link above, if you ...
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Replenish the ink of a fountain pen by dipping

If the fountain pen has any kind of (suction) pump, then you will need to use the said pump. The capillary effects alone will not have the power to fight the weight of the ink itself. My personal ...
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How can I write in white ballpoint pen ink on black paper?

There are many possible arts & crafts uses for white ink, so it's definitely possible to buy pens with white ink/paint. Look for a "gel" pen with white ink, and it should meet all the requirements ...
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Function of a ball in a fountain pen's converter

I don't have that particular pen, so I can't view the ball you're referring to. However, I suspect what it is. Fountain pens work by capillary action; a minute amount of ink is allowed to flow to the ...
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How can I write in white ballpoint pen ink on black paper?

White pens and colors are often used to lighten up the shade in art and crafts. Apart from that they have limited uses. As per your requirements, I would suggest you to either go for either a white ...
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Best materials for a long-lasting scroll

For such a thing I would use very fine 100% cotton, linen, or silk fabric (rough texture would make it more difficult to write on) and India/China ink to write with. No sealing. It is probably not ...
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Any White Pens/Markers To Write Over Black Pens?

I'd try a correction pen, there are now quite a lot to choose from. This web page shows over a dozen kinds, and how opaque they are over black ink. The best white ink pens Matching the paper ...
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Any White Pens/Markers To Write Over Black Pens?

Personally, for purposes such as you have listed, I use the uni-ball Signa white gel pen UM-153. With a gel pen you will have more control over the lines you are creating, and can layer the markings ...
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Can I replace the pencil and marker with ballpoint refills in the Lamy CP1 Tri Pen?

It’s a different pen, but: I checked my Lamy Logo twin pen (pencil + ballpoint) and its attachment points are different for the pencil mechanism and the ballpoint cartridge, so switching them around ...
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Finest ballpoint/rollerball pen?

Ball tips I was familiar with the Uni-ball Signo 0.28mm tips (virtually the same as a 0.3mm tip, which is commonly available), but the 0.18 was new to me, and that's apparently been discontinued. I ...
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What are requirements for ballpoint/rollerball colour pens for art-grade drawing?

I can definitely recommend a fine asian gel pen (kind of rollerball). It is precise and very easy to use, unlike many other tools I've tried so far. It's a perfect affordable tool for detailed ...
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What are the different pencil/pen holding techniques for drawing? Which should be followed in which case?

For an adult with fully-developed motor skills, the holding technique that's best for you for a specific application will largely come naturally. Some muscles are stronger than others, some joints ...
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Replenish the ink of a fountain pen by dipping

Can a fountain pen suck up the ink into its reservoir if I simply dip its nib into the ink? It depends on the type of fountain pen you're using. Simply putting the pen nib into ink will not fill a ...
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What are dry inks and dry pens?

'Dry' and 'wet' refer to the flow of the ink. Regarding inks, the terms 'dry' and 'wet' give a relative idea of the viscosity of the ink: wet inks flow more freely, whereas dry inks have more ...
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What are the different pencil/pen holding techniques for drawing? Which should be followed in which case?

It's mostly a matter of preference, but the way you hold a pen(cil) does influence the pressure, precision, range, and rotation. Everyone develops a preferred way of holding a pen (often when learning ...
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How can I use a fountain pen while onboard an airplane?

There are things you can do to reduce the risks, as described in the other answers, but I would be wary of using any kind of pen containing liquid ink on a plane (although a "felt or fiber tipped&...
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Restoring a dried-out cartridge brush pen

While the ink may not dissolve completely, it might still loosen up to a certain extent using hot water. It only needs to be able to become flexible again, after all. First of all, I'd try to hold it ...
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How to maintain dry ink in a fountain pen and Pilot V7 pens?

Fountain pens and metal-tipped technical pens rely on capillary action and flow limiters to deliver a controlled amount of ink. They're manufactured to precise tolerances, and there isn't really any ...
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Replenish the ink of a fountain pen by dipping

Fountain pens won't automatically suck up ink when you dip the nib. You'll need a converter (cartridge) for your fountain pen. Once you have the converter, it depends on what kind of converter you ...
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Pilot Precise V5 RT refill alternatives

It isn't clear what your objective is, whether you're trying to achieve a different writing result, or it's just that you've only found the complete pens for sale and want a way to reuse the body. ...
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Any White Pens/Markers To Write Over Black Pens?

As I often write white text on top of black, I've been looking for a good white pen myself. A correction pen doesn't do it for me, as the correction liquid doesn't stick very well. The above-mentioned ...
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How to write neatly with pen and paper?

My daughter has Cerebral Palsy and writes quite well thanks to a few tricks she learned from an Occupational Therapist. Get a fat pencil or you can get a plastic sleeve that goes over a pencil. Use a ...
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Function of a ball in a fountain pen's converter

The ball is there to disrupt any air bubbles from forming. The bubbles can disrupt the flow of ink and they can be very stubborn in a small tube like this, especially with thicker inks. The ball(s) ...
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How to hold a thin grip pen?

Finding the right way to hold your pen might simply not work since your preferred way of holding a pen is incompatible with said pen. I hold pens using the (dynamic) quadropod grip, and, although I ...
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What kind of paper should be preferred for fountain pens?

Fountain pen ink is more watery than the ink used in many other types of pens, and fountain pens put a lot of it on the paper. The combination creates a challenge for the paper that makes it ...
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