Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
I got two pens from Greg Minuskin recently. One is a Parker 51 with a fine nib. The other is the Metal Pilot Falcon I sent to him to add flex to it. (No regrind as mine is already an extra fine nib).
I got the Parker 51 as a writing pen. It is as smooth as I expected it to be. Very smooth! And the ink flows nice and wet from the nib. I'm using Private Reserve Ebony Blue ink here. Its fine nib is not a flex nib so it just does uniform lines. But still, it can be used for drawings and it can look good depending on how I use my lines. Long continuous lines seem to work well with it so far. But I would still consider it as a very delightful writing pen.
This is using the modified Metal Pilot Falcon. This is similar to the Namiki Falcon but with a metal body (if I'm not mistaken). Here is a test drawing without much pressure. The lines flex only a tiny bit when I'm not trying to think about flexing it. Still, the feel of the pen while drawing this was great. I did add some pressure to the lettering so they have thick and thin strokes. But not as difficult to achieve as before. Had to really make a big conscious effort to do this before the modification.
Here is another drawing with me consciously adding more flex to the lines. But I didn't have to press too hard. Just a small push. With this same amount of pressure before modification, I think this drawing will look similar to the one above (not much flex). But still, this can't compare to a "wet noodle"vintage flex where it's so soft, even the slightest pressure will give you a thick line. I have one of those. But those are a little difficult to draw fast with as I'd be afraid to damage the tines accidentally. Good for writing but not so good for drawing quick. I personally prefer a slightly stiffer flex nib like this one (btw 4-7 on a scale of 1-10) for drawing. I'm happy with this modified Falcon. Though I also wouldn't mind if this nib could flex wider, like a dip pen g-nib or a hunt nib. This one spreads to a maximum of 1mm both before and after the modification. It just flexes more easily now.
This is the size of the picture in comparison with the pen. It's an A5 sketchbook.
And here's promoting my friend, Greg Minuskin - He's one of the best guys to go to for affordable vintage pens or nib modifications. He has great customer service too. Take note that his shipping can be on the high side. (about US$24 on top of the price of the pens.) But that's because of insurance and tracking. Well, better spend more than be sorry if a pen gets lost in the mail. To save on shipping, I got him to ship two pens at one go.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Rotring + Twsbi 540
Hero fountain pen. Paul's bakery for breakfast. Seems that the prices have gone up. More bakeries have been springing up in Singapore.
Parallel pen + vintage waterman
Parallel pen + vintage waterman
Parker 51 from Greg Minuskin. Ok this pen is more for writing. But it can do simple lines. And it's a very very smooth pen. And a classic. Love it.
Modified Pilot Falcon with added flex from Greg Minuskin. I didn't use the full flex function here. But it's much easier to get line variation now. Not as soft/flex as a dip pen hunt or g-nib but it's nice and springy for a very pleasurable drawing experience. This was a spontaneous comic done at the Star while meeting with Seiji last night. The rule was "the first scene had to be what we saw in front of us."
Pilot Falcon + Kuretake brush pen.
Hero fountain pen + home-made tea ink.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Friday, December 07, 2012
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Monday, December 03, 2012
Did these with a Noodler's Ahab filled with Daler Rowney Calli ink. It's waterproof non-clogging india ink. I know you aren't supposed to put india ink into fountain pens. But since the Noodler's ahab can be fully dismantled and washed, there is no fear of permanent clogging. Also I try to wash it every few days or so since india ink could be a little corrosive to the pen feed. But it works well for a waterproof ink in a flex pen! And the Ahab has a pretty decent flex for drawing (not too soft and not too stiff).I added tape in some of these just for fun.