Dip pen thread.
I've been wanting to start with dip pens and I've heard a lot of conflicting information about how to get the coating that the nibs come with off. I was told burning them with a candle is the most effective way, but other sources have strongly advised against it because it can warp the metal.
Also, how important is the brand of ink you use? Which one do you prefer?
burning is ok, if the metal turns red, you've gone too far. A couple passes through a lighter will do.
I've only ever used speedball stuff when I messed with nibs. I plan to get back into traditional line work soon, so I'll have to experiment.
It keeps slipping out, even when pushing it in far into the nib holder looks like it is breaking it. No other nib does it, just this fussy ass one.
I'm guessing a quick fix is just to tape it to a holder when I use it.
you might want to water down your ink slightly if it's not working properly.
i had really big problems and I assumed it was the nibs til I watered down my ink and suddenly its a breeze to draw with.
Learning to draw in ink and using Zebra G (which i think is in OP pic). Using Higgins ink for now which i heard sucks but i need something to practice strokes and such.
The pack came with 10, so when do i know when I need to change nibs?
what about rubbing alcohol? would that work for removing coating?
also, I've heard that adding deionized (superduper filtered) water to dilute ink is fine if you dry the nib thoroughly after use.
The differences are in the nibs and type of ink used. Modern fountain pen nibs can't flex as well as dip pens, and the ones that do flex have trouble with the feed not providing enough inkflow. Unlike dip pen nibs, fountain pen nibs have tipping material, so they're a lot smoother and will pretty much last forever, but can't go as fine as a dip pen can.
And while you can use dip pens with all sorts of ink, with fountain pens you're limited to ink made specifically for fountain pens. So dye-based inks which are not lightfast and for the most part not water-resistant, and a small number of pigment-based inks.
That said, fountain pens are a lot more convenient if you're not doing calligraphy or anything that requires significant line variation or a specific type of ink. Grab a bottle of Platinum Carbon Black and you won't want to use a technical pen again.