Do You Need a Fast or Slow Ink?
Complied and written by ©Claes G Lindblad on December 21, 1996.
There are some rules of thumb which will help you to make the best ink for a certain task. These rules are, of course, valid for all kinds of ink, not just the stick variety:
|You can easily convince yourself of this by dipping a size 0 italic nib into ordinary fountain pen ink - all of the ink will leave the nib at first contact with the paper. A thick ink will stick to the nib better, and be more reluctant to leave it.
|Yes, papers can be 'slow' or 'fast, too.
|The slope of your desk, i.e. its angle of inclination, also governs which kind of ink will give the best performance.
|These are the two extremes of our scale.
Does it sound complicated? Yes, at first, but just make a few experiments on your own, and you will soon get the knack of which viscosity will suit you the best.
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