Finally I wanted to try out various fountain pen inks with the dip pen, just to see how well the fared compared to the acrylic ink. I tested some of my current favorites, as well as the two newest Kaweco inks and surprisingly there was quite a variation in the amount of dips needed to complete my writing with each one. It certainly wasn't scientific, but I did try to keep the writing as consistent as possible and the amount of time & depth of the dips. On average, I was dipping multiple times for the very small writing sample, and found that some inks were so runny that they would blob ink down after a fresh dip. I was very pleased with how Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa and Noodler's El Lawrence fared - Scabiosa held up for my entire sentence and I even did some extra flexes before the ink ran out. El Lawrence was on the higher viscosity side as well with just two dips. Most others were at least 4 or 5 dips. With the acrylic ink, I was able to write the entire upper half of the review (not the title - that was done with a folded nib), with some extreme flex, with only 6 dips. Pretty impressive!
In all, I really enjoyed venturing outside my normal fountain pen regimen and trying out Kaweco's Dip Pen. I have tried the Noodler's Ahab for flex, and this one was a lot more pleasant to use because railroading wasn't a factor with the right ink. I could see myself using this for holiday cards, design work, or just for fun. I do still want to try out some gum arabic mixed into fountain pen inks, so that I can have a wider color variety than most dip inks offer. Kaweco's nib holder is sturdy, well balanced and very enjoyable to use. It retails for around $36 at places like JetPens.com - I feel like that's a very fair price for an anodized aluminum nib holder. You can also swap out different dip nibs for a whole different writing experience. Have you tried any dip pens before? Let me know your experience!
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