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Pros & Cons

Posted by Dirck on 17 May, 2011

I was considering today’s pen last week with an eye to repair.  It’s an elderly piston filler, and it just stopped working a while ago.  I assumed that the problem was the piston seak shrinking, as those were generally made of cork in Ye Olden Dayes and are given to shrinking in a dry environment.  I think I’ve mentioned in the past that the humidity in my part of the world, when the cool weather is upon us, makes the Gobi Desert look sultry.

JOY!  A mere 24 hours standing in a cup of water has brought the seal back to function!  Here I am using it, my pocket unstained.

Moderation to joy– In the long hiatus since I last used this pen, I had forgotten how very inefficient it is.  I’m halfway through the day, and I find I’m very nearly out of ink.  Very, startlingly, amazingly inefficient.

Today’s thirsty pen: Alster glass-pointed thingy
Today’s almost all-gone ink: Noodler’s Starry Night

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