Lamy safari instructions: Care tips and instruction manuals

Lamy Vista Fountain Pen Eyedropper @BureauDirect

Say what? Yep, an easy peasy set up so you can make a Lamy AL-Star/Vista/Safari – Vista barrel eyedropper fountain pen.
What’s the point of this?

There is no reason you have to do this. The Lamy Z24/Z26 converter works just fine, as do the ink cartridges. However, eyedroppers are delectable. Some people like the look of ink sloshing around in clear barrels, and I for one am definitely one of those people. I WANT TO SEE THE SLOSH! Ahem. Sorry.

Increase your ink capacity, watch your ink, enjoy your ink, and go wild. This is perfect for those demanding calligraphy nibs, and it looks super sexy with any and all inks with shimmer.

What do you need?

I selected the section from an AL-Star because I don’t have a Vista, and I didn’t want to use a Safari (even though it has an O-Ring on the end of the section) because I wanted to see through the section. If you choose to use the AL-Star, you might want to grab an O-Ring from a Safari.
Or a 7mm in, 9mm out, 1mm thick size as suggested by Bureau Direct.
  • For filling the back of the barrel, I use: Revell Model Tools – Professional Contact Glue
    • You can use another glue/epoxy if you have some. I like this one because it has a long, thin needle applicator which fits perfectly into the back of the barrel to fill those holes.
    • Another option if you’re not weird with contact glue around the place: 5 Minute Epoxy
What do you do?
First, take your Vista Rollerball barrel and fill the little holes at the back, following the usage instructions on your epoxy/glue. Mine simply required uncapping the nose applicator, squeezing some glue until the glue filled in the space, and then letting it dry for 24 hours. These 24 hours may be some of the longest, most exciting 24 hours you’ll ever wait through. If you have the 5 minute Devcon Epoxy, 5 minutes is probably sufficient, but you’re also going to be trusting it with your bags and papers, so maybe 24 hours isn’t a bad idea.

Place the O-Ring on the section, and grease the threads. You can always test it with water first! If not, or if you’ve already done so, fill your barrel with ink and cap ‘er. I tested mine before carrying it around, but no leaks have happened so far.
EYEDROPPER SUGGESTIONS:
  • Test with water if you’re unsure.
  • Use grease on threads to stop leakage.
  • Don’t throw them around or be rough – this can cause ink to burp.
  • Keep them full – this helps prevent your hand warming up the air inside the barrel, causing it to expand, which pushes the ink through the feed at a rate you don’t want.
  • Give one to your best friend because your best friend is probably a fountain pen lover as well. That’s why they’re your best friend.
  • Show me your eyedroppers! Tag with: ‪#‎StationeryWednesday
I received this barrel free of charge so I could write about this eyedropper pen. I was not compensated monetarily for this. Do a gal a solid and if you fancy any of these and want any item of your own, use my affiliate links 🙂 No pressure to do so. I appreciate your support!

Do this at your own risk. I can’t be held responsible if your pen leaks all over you, so take precautions until you’re certain it’s not leaking.

Review: Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen


The Pilot Kakuno is one of the cutest fountain pens I’ve ever seen. What can be cuter than having a smiley face printed onto the nib? 🙂


This is an affordable entry level fountain pen targeted probably at the younger crowd. Even the packaging has instructions accompanied by cartoon illustrations.


Inside the plastic packaging box, there are the pen and instruction manual. It comes with a disposable cartridge but not a converter. Both the CON-20 and CON-50 converters are usable here. The CON-20 is the squeeze type and the CON-50 is the twisting piston type.

The Kakuno comes in various different colours for the pen cap and body. For the body, there are the opaque white and dark grey.


For the white body, the pen cap colours available are soft versions of pink, blue, yellow and violet.

For the grey body, the caps colours are pink, red, orange, green blue and gray. They are all variation of pastel colours.


The instructions are pretty straightforward even if you don’t know Japanese.


I like the simplicity of the pen. The whole pen is made of plastic except for the steel nib. The cap is the click on type with no clip.

It’s really light and I like it that way.


On the top of the cap are three small holes that are not for ventilation — it would dry out the nib otherwise. The holes are just for decoration.

The typeface on the cap is some cute handwritten font, and the U in Kakuno has a smiley face also.


The back of the pen has two holes that you can see through to the inside. The purpose is unknown.


The grip is a translucent grey. It’s not easy to see the remaining ink level but it’s possible. The grip has a triangular cross section with all the edges rounded off unlike the Lamy Safari. And the Kakuno has a hexagon body and cap that prevents it from rolling off the table.


The highlight of the pen is the smiley face etched onto the surface of the shiny steel nib. I’m quite certain it’s able to elicit the “OMG! That’s so cute!” when you show it to your friends. LOL.


The nib is stiff.


Mine has the Fine nib and it produces a nice thin line that’s probably a 0.3mm. The line is even thinner than the Lamy Safari’s Fine and Extra Fine.

In the picture above, the top left is Lamy Safari Fine, bottom is Kakuno Fine (Iroshizuki Take-Sumi Bamboo Charcoal ink) and right is Lamy Safari Extra Fine (Rotring Ink).

Although the nib is quite sharp, it does not dig into the paper. Writing is smooth and has a tactile feeling that I believe comes from the sharp nib.

For drawing purposes, the line the Kakuno produces is no different from multiliners that give uniform strokes.


The feathering and blobs at the end points are because of the ink and paper combination.

Conclusion

Overall, the Pilot Kakuno is fun pen to use. It is a affordable entry level pen into the world of fountain pens — I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing — lol. However, you should factor in the cost of getting a converter, either CON-20 and CON-50 (recommended), for refillable ink.

The build quality is decent for a pen made of plastic parts. There are plenty of colours to choose from and I can imagine them being paired with the various colours from the Pilot Iroshizuku inks. That would be quite cool, not to mention expensive.

For entry level fountain pens, I would suggest choosing between Kakuno or Lamy Safari.

Availability

Here are direct links to find the Pilot Kakuno: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.fr | Amazon.it | Amazon.es | Amazon.co.jp

The Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen — Tools and Toys

The Lamy 2000 is the most revered fountain pen in the world and was the obvious choice for the first pen review on Tools & Toys.

First introduced in 1966, the 2000’s timeless design sits in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and will surely shoot to the top of most inspiring pen collectors’ lists.

In fact, despite purchasing and reviewing other pens prior to the 2000, Gerd A. Müller’s Bauhaus-styled 2000 sat atop my wish-list right from the very beginning.

The 2000 is more than a fountain pen. Sure, the Lamy 2000’s reverence came from its near perfect design, its incredibly smooth nib, and its piston filling system which is second to none.

The Lamy 2000 is a piece of history and has won numerous design awards over the last 50 years.

But today, the Lamy 2000 is a piece of history. It fits in the same conversation as Charles and Ray Eames’ iconic lounge chair, Dieter Rams’ Braun wrist watch, and Sori Yanagi’s perfectly weighted flatware — timeless products with an infinite life and a market defining form factor.

I couldn’t have been happier to take up Pen Chalet’s offer to review this iconic pen.

Build & Design

The Lamy 2000’s reputation begins and ends with its design. The minimal, Bauhaus styled pen fit an everyday lifestyle in 1966 and continues to fit that lifestyle today.

The black Lamy 2000 is made of a brushed Makrolon and has a very unique texture.

It all starts with its unique body material. The 2000 is made of a brushed material known as Makrolon. The texture is unlike any other pen I’ve felt — the Makrolon has just enough friction to avoid slipping out of your hand when your hand is sweaty, but is smooth enough to trick your mind when examining its parts. There is no doubt the Makrolon body gives the pen a unique feel from its grip section to its posted cap.

My specific pen is made of black Makrolon and has a silver grip section. You can also purchase a brushed stainless steel version of the iconic pen, but it will set you back a few hundred dollars extra.

There are a few hidden features within the black Makrolon body which nearly escaped my eye upon first glance.

First is the piston filling mechanism. Many fountain pens today are shipped with a small cartridge of fountain pen ink to allow the pen to work right out of the box. As the pen becomes more expensive, manufacturers often ship their pens with converters: a refillable cartridge which slips inside the pen’s body and allows you to use a variety of inks. Converters often hold much less ink than a disposable cartridge, but the added benefit of using any ink makes using a converter a fun option.

My favourite method of housing ink for a fountain pen is a dedicated ink chamber inside the pen body. Pens like the TWSBI Diamond 580AL and the Lamy 2000 have ink chambers built right in and are filled via a piston mechanism. By twisting the piston with the nib dipped into a bottle of ink, the piston sucks ink into the ink chamber and avoids messy ink spills and stains. In the case of the TWSBI pen, the ink chamber is completely transparent and allows the sloshed ink give your pen a character of its own.

The piston knob sits perfectly flush with the rest of the Markolon body.

When twisted counter clockwise, the piston knob breaks away from the seamless body and sucks ink into the ink chamber.

While the Lamy 2000’s ink chamber isn’t transparent, its piston filling system is the best I’ve used. When not in use, the twistable mechanism sits perfectly flush with the pen’s body, giving the pen a near seamless design. When twisted counter clockwise, the seamless design is broken and the piston twists down the chamber. Set the nib into a bottle of ink, twist the mechanism clockwise back to its seamless position, and the Lamy 2000 is inked and ready to go. Like its body design, the Lamy 2000’s piston system works seamlessly and without fail.

Just like the piston knob, the grip section sits flush with the rest of the body and is twisted counter clockwise to be removed.

When unscrewed, the grip section can be pulled away and the pen can be cleaned.

Flipping the pen over to its grip section reveals another cleverly hidden seam which is hardly visible to the naked eye. The grip section can be twisted and opened to allow proper cleaning of the ink chamber and nib, but you’d be hard pressed to know the pen’s grip can be removed.

The Lamy 2000 has a translucent ink window to notify you when you’re running low on your favourite ink.

The Lamy 2000 has a translucent window indicating the amount of ink in the ink chamber. Again, like the rest of the body’s design, the ink window is unobtrusive and seamless. However, its actual utility is the only hiccup in an otherwise perfectly designed body. I use darker inks, such Iroshizuku Shin-Kai, which tend to saturate the ink window and make it difficult to determine the amount of ink inside. The ink window is a nice touch, but I feel this is the one area where the Lamy 2000 comes up short.

Two small tabs sit alongside the grip section seam and make uncapping the Lamy an incredible experience. Instead of being unscrewed, the cap just pulls off. Despite the easiness, the cap sits very securely on the Lamy 2000 when in your bag or pocket.

Right along the grip section seam are two tiny metallic tabs which hold the Lamy 2000’s cap in place. Very often, fountain pens are capped with a twistable cap which screws into place just behind the grip section. This puts the thread right where your fingers grip the pen to write and can often cause discomfort after prolonged periods of use. The 2000’s tiny tabs allow the pen to be pulled off quickly and easily, yet remains surprisingly secure when the pen is stationed in your bag or coat pocket. The small metallic tabs do obtrude on the pen’s seamless pen body, but they don’t intrude whatsoever when writing and they allow the pen to be more accessible in a moment’s notice.

The bottom of my Lamy 2000 has a small grey dot. In all honesty, I’m not entirely sure why this is.

The top of the cap is the only differentiated texture across the entirety of the pen body. The top of the cap is shiny and smooth. Like the bottom of the pen, I’m unsure why the cap is smooth on top while the body is textured throughout.

The rest of the Lamy 2000’s cap is much like the rest of the Lamy 2000’s body. The cap is made of the same Makrolon and is coloured the same as well. The very top of the cap is shinier than the rest of the pen, which appears to be the pen’s sole texture difference.

The Lamy 2000 has an incredible clip. The Lamy logo is etched into the base of the stainless steel clip.

The Lamy’s stainless steel clip has a perfect amount of tension and flexibility. Sliding this into your shirt pocket is simple and secure.

The Lamy 2000’s clip is one of my favourites. The brushed stainless steel clip has a minuscule Lamy logo etched into its base. The clip lifts with ease and snaps back into place with an extra satisfying click. Latching the clip to your shirt pocket is a breeze and blows away its competition. The Pilot Vanishing Point, for example, is known for its odd clip positioning, yet has one of the most difficult clips to lift and secure in place. The Lamy 2000’s clip fits right at home in the perfectly designed body.

The last major design feature of the Lamy 2000 is its brushed silver grip section. The Makrolon’s texture is perfect here — the pen never becomes too slippery when your hand is sweaty, nor does the texture dig into your finger tip after a long period of use. The grip section tapers elegantly toward the nib and feels perfect in my hands.

The underside of the grip section has a small, drilled hole which allows ink to be sucked into the ink chamber via the piston filling system.

The underside of the grip section has a small drilled hole to allow ink to be sucked into the ink chamber. The hole is on the underside of the grip, so it is rarely seen and doesn’t ruin any visual aesthetics of the pen. However, due to its positioning, you must submerse a large part of the grip section into the ink bottle when refilling. This can be a bit messy and can be quickly cleaned up with a paper towel.

When submerged in ink, the grip section slightly stains and is more difficult to clean than I would like. If you have an ink that washes away with water, you have nothing to worry about. If your ink of choice is highly saturated and doesn’t wash away easily, I recommend being more careful when refilling your ink chamber.

In reality though, the Makrolon’s fine texture hinders the ability to fully wipe all the ink away from the grip section. I re-inked my 2000 about 10 days ago and there are still small remnants of blue/black Shin-Kai ink staining the section. Iroshizuku inks appear to be afraid of water, so washing the grip section gets rid of the stains entirely. However, if you use a highly saturated ink which isn’t waterproof, I’d be hesitant to quickly jam the section into the ink for fear of permanently staining the body.

As far as the physical build of the Lamy 2000 goes, I have been nothing but impressed. Heading into the review, I knew the 2000 had a world renowned design, but I prepared myself to be let down. Instead, every time I pulled the cap off its moorings, a small smirk spread across my face. Everything about this pen’s physical design is top notch. After using it for a few weeks, I fully understand why the Lamy 2000 sits in the Museum of Modern Art.

Nib & Writing Experience

A pen’s physical design is only a part of the pen’s make-up. Even if the pen has a perfectly designed body, a poor nib can ruin the entire experience.

The nib is made of 14 karat gold and is plated with platinum. This allows the nib to be softer and yields better line variation and a smoother writing experience.

The Lamy 2000 is known for nib quality control issues. When reading Doug Lane’s review of the 2000 a few months ago, he noted some bad experiences other purchasers had had with the 2000’s nib. As he said in his review, any pen in this price range should be issue free right out of the box.

Also like Doug, I never experienced any issues with my Lamy 2000 nib out of the box. I ordered a medium nibbed 2000 and I’ve been very happy with the result.

The nib is hooded and is less obnoxious than nibs found on other fountain pens.

The 2000’s nib is unique in its design. The nib is hooded and is far less noticeable than large nibs found in some Franklin Christoph pens or in many of TWSBI’s offerings. Because of this hooded design, I would never hesitate to pull this pen out at work. With large nibbed pens, one runs the risk of having others notice your unique writing instrument. The hooded nib is visually silent and quite elegant.

The nib itself has no etchings or superfluous design either. The nib is merely made of two tines and the feed on its underside.

The Lamy 2000’s nib is made of 14 karat gold and is coated in platinum. This ensures an extra smooth glide across any kind of paper and gives the nib an extra softness not found in straight steel nibs. Softer nibs allow for more nib flexibility as well, providing line variation for more stylish penmanship. Although the gold nib isn’t as flexible as the Pilot Namiki Falcon, you can get some extra line width if you put some pressure on the Lamy’s nib.

The Lamy 2000’s writing experience is the best in my writing arsenal. The medium nib is very smooth, very wet, and very pleasant.

My Lamy 2000’s actual writing experience has been nothing short of brilliant. The medium nib makes a far wider stroke than anything I had ever tried prior, and the line is much wetter than my previous fountain pens as well. The wet lines dry with a lot of character — thicker, wider lines look bold with Iroshizuku Shin-Kai ink and the ink’s shading characteristics are brought to the forefront with this nib. This nib is a straight medium nib, with no extra italicized or stub grindings. This makes all my lines fairly round in nature and doesn’t allow the nib to dig into paper when changing directions in my stroke.

A quick writing sample written with Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai and on Baron Fig Confidant paper.

As I mentioned, the medium nib is a wet writer and performs differently on different kinds of papers. I tested the pen on four types of papers: the standard Field Notes Brand 50 lb. Finch paper, the Baron Fig Confidant 100 GSM paper, the Nock Co. fountain pen friendly pocket notebook paper, and the increasingly popular Hobonichi Techo Tomoe River paper. Each paper yielded a different result.

  • The Lamy 2000 writes smooth enough on Field Notes Brand’s 50 lb. Finch Paper, but, as many have already noted, Field Notes paper is largely unable to handle the wet stroke of the 2000’s medium nib. Dark inks show through Field Notes paper and, if you leave your pen situated in one spot for too long, ink will surely bleed through the page onto the backside. In general, I recommend staying away from Field Notes 50 lb. Finch paper with any fountain pen, but especially the wetter, medium nibbed Lamy 2000.
  • As seen in the photos, the 2000 writes smoothly on Baron Fig’s 100 GSM paper and there is no show through or bleed through whatsoever, even with heavier inks and wetter nibs. However, Baron Fig’s 100 GSM paper is a bit toothier than other options and I found the 2000’s strokes feathered slightly as they dried. This is a very, very small issue and a small blemish on an otherwise enjoyable writing experience. If you’re looking for an absolutely perfect experience for your Lamy 2000 though, I recommend checking out one of the next two options.
  • Nock Co.’s recent release of a fountain pen friendly pocket notebook was met with wide applause, and the Lamy 2000’s medium nib was no match for Nock’s reputation. There is little to no show through with the wetter nib and there is no bleed through at all. In my opinion, Nock Co.’s fountain pen friendly paper is less toothy in than Baron Fig’s heavier paper and my pen strokes don’t feather whatsoever when using Nock’s notebooks.
  • Tomoe River paper has blasted onto the scene in the last year or two and has quickly become known for its astounding fountain pen friendly qualities. The Hobonichi Techo — my favourite notebook and my daily journal/calendar — is stuffed with this famous Tomoe River paper and has quickly become my favourite place to test fountain pens. The Lamy’s medium nib glides across the Tomoe River paper with absolute ease. The entire Tomoe River/Lamy 2000 writing experience has been perfect — even the wetter nib’s drying time is impressive. If you’re looking for the best paper to test out a Lamy 2000, don’t look any further than Tomoe River paper.

I have spent the last six months documenting my daily objectives and tasks with a Pilot Vanishing Point and a Hobonichi Techo. In that time, I became accustomed to fine and extra fine nibs and the impressively smooth experience of the Vanishing Point on Tomoe River. Yet, the moment I put the Lamy’s medium nib to the Hobonichi’s paper, I knew the Vanishing Point had been put to shame. This isn’t to say the Vanishing Point’s writing experience is poor — it blew away my TWSBI Diamond 580AL experience — but the Lamy 2000 quickly made me aware that its physical design was only a part of its reputation.

Value and Everyday Use

The question of value always undermines any experience of any product, and with the Lamy 2000’s higher price tag, that question is only entrenched further.

The Lamy 2000 next to the Pilot Vanishing Point. The Vanishing Point is my everyday pen, while the Lamy 2000 has become my “important document” pen.

Answering that question isn’t as easy as I’d like. After all, we’re talking about a pen.

The Lamy 2000 runs a cool MSRP of $200 across the board. You can often find the pen on sale (like right now at Pen Chalet for $160, or on Amazon for $125), but the pen’s great reputation doesn’t let the price go much lower. By any stretch, the Lamy 2000 is an expensive pen.

But what you get for that $200 is truly second to none. The pen’s design is timeless and has been awarded design awards for the past 50 years. Its piston filling mechanism guarantees you can use any ink you’d like, whenever you’d like. Its hooded nib and simple aesthetic lets the pen fly under the radar at work, meaning you can use the pen without having anyone asking questions. You get, in my opinion, the best writing experience of any fountain pen on the market and a 14 karat gold nib. The gold nib alone has value, let alone the rest of the pen’s features.

For $200, you’re getting a near perfect pen. A grail pen. The pen at the top of everyone’s wishlist. It’s even at the top of the Pen Addict’s Top 5 Fountain Pens list for the $100-$200 range. You truly can’t get a better pen for this price.

As a combination, the Vanishing Point and Lamy 2000 have made my pen collection unnecessary. All my needs are completely filled with these two classic pens.

Having said all this, I’m not sure if this is an everyday pen for the average person. The Lamy 2000 is the pen I use to fill in my daily journal at the end of the day, but it’s not the pen I choose to use when I’m at the office. The medium nib is too wet for cheap office paper and its price causes me to think twice each morning when throwing it into my bag. The thought of losing the pen or having someone else grab it off my desk has led me to leave the pen at home on occasion. I find I prefer the quick accessibility of the Vanishing Point (its retractable mechanism allows the pen to be quickly used with one hand only instead of needing two hands to remove the cap from a capped pen body) and the Vanishing Point’s drier fine nib.

The Lamy 2000 is also not an ideal size for an everyday carry pen. The pen is too big to fit in a pocket and its value alone will lend you sensibility in taking care of the pen. There’s no issue on the durability front of the pen, but the thought of putting this pen through everyday rigours gives me the shivers.

 

When it comes time to sign an important document or to sign a cheque though , I turn to the Lamy 2000. It’s an important pen with an important place in history, and it finds itself in the honourable spot of signing all my important documents before being sent away.

Wrap-Up

I studied history for my first history degree and I have come to respect historic locations, dates, artifacts, and paradigms. Looking out at the everyday world becomes far more complex when you consider where the inspiration for that world came from.

 

The Lamy 2000 finds an odd place in my historical heart. First designed in 1966, I quickly came to respect the 2000’s ability to remain relevant way beyond its initially conceived time period. Its incredibly long shelf life has led to numerous design awards and placements into modern art museums. Its Bauhaus/utilitarian design fits in now and will fit in well into the future and will continue to inspire other design choices from other manufacturers.

So it almost goes without saying that this pen is an absolute pleasure to own. I can quickly reach for one of the most acclaimed tools ever created and still experience a modern, smooth, highly constructed writing experience within seconds. Owning a piece of history and not spending millions to acquire it is actually a liberating feeling.

The Lamy 2000 is a timeless design piece which has an incredible writing experience to boot. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending this incredible pen for review.

The Lamy 2000 may not be the first fountain pen you buy, but it may very well be the last. There are simply very few other options which can stand on their own against the 2000. At $200 (or less), you can have a grail pen for signing every important document for the rest of your life, as you can be sure this pen will never go out of style.


A very special thanks goes out to Pen Chalet for sending this pen for review. In no way has this affected the outcome of my opinions of the pen. For about a week, I found myself unsure of the pen’s value. Then I compared it to my other fountain pens and I realized why this pen has the price tag it does. No matter the acquisition process, this pen is the real deal.

LAMY Aion (black) – The Clumsy Penman’s InKfusion Site

Few weeks ago, Lamy has introduced a new pen called Lamy Aion. It’s pure and quite minimalistic look, which is is rather characteristic to Lamy in general had been achieved by British designer Jasper Morrison. When I have seen it first time at the London Writing Equipment Show in October at the Write Here desk, it really brought my attention. I like simple, but at the same time functional designs. Moreover, when I tested it, I was really positively surprised how well and smoothly EF nib it had performed.

The entire body of the Lamy Aion is made from aluminium, except clip. The surface of the entire pen is matt-black anodic coated which is nicely contrasting with glossy clip and nib. The coating gives pretty and an interesting lightly abrasive feel. Some people says that this to some extent reminds them a fine nail polish and in fact you can use it like that if you really but really need it…(please don’t!) It may give an impression that pen is not slippery, somehow similar to Makrolon® used  in Lamy 2000, but Lamy 2000 is a completely different experience (the price tag too). However, the coating on Lamy Aion is very resistant to scratches, which is great if you work in the conditions and environment which is not necessarily good for fountain pens.  Interestingly, the way the barrel and the section are brushed and coated is slightly different, which makes these two parts of the pen distinguishable.  Some people will find it not right and some would not mind at all. Personally, I am on the fences, but I understand the idea behind. However, capped it looks consistent. The grip section is slightly tapered down and is comfortable to use.

I consider Lamy Aion as a long pen. Here are some measures:

Capped – 14.3 cm, uncapped – 13.7 cm, posted- 16.3 cm

Lamy Aion’s weights are: 32.0 g capped and 22.0 g uncapped. It feels well balanced in hands. The lower part of the pen (grip section) feels heavier.

Capped is almost the same size as Lamy Safari, however uncapped is few milometers longer.

The ‘click-on’ cap is well made with pretty circular brushed finish on the flat top. In most cases putting the cap on works fine, but there are instances where if  your cap position is slightly off the nib may be hitting an inner part of the cap and this sometimes  needs some manual repositioning. Not a big deal, but not ideal either. The band at the end is glossy and this is the only unbrushed part of the body. I found it as a nice touch. Simple thing, but it added additional dimension to this rather minimalistic and simplistic design. The springy clip is very well made and functional. It has laser engraved Lamy logo on the side of the clip (very similar to Lamy 2000).

Lamy Aion comes with a polished stainless steel nib (EF, F, M, and B) , which is redesigned, curvy and more elegant compared to characteristic angular nibs used in Lamy Safari. The nib housing and mounting are the same in both cases, so if you need you can swap different nibs easily. I tried to swap the original nib with the one from my Safari and it definitely works with no problems or whatsoever. 

The nib I have is EF and it write surprisingly smooth with right amount of feedback. The writing experience is pleasant. It was my selling point when I was testing it during London Writing Equipment Show this year. I am using Lamy Aion for several weeks now and I had no starting problems, etc. It writes well.

Lamy Aion accepts Lamy’s Z27 cartridge converters as well as T10 cartridges.

Price: UK £ 47.50

My Verdict:

Lamy  with their new Aion fountain pen is aiming for the affordable by most midrange price level customers similar to the older model Lamy Studio, which brings new material, coating and experience including new redesigned steel nib. Design is in line with the other Lamy products which combines simplistic but functional design Lamy Safari is an exception here with its angular and somehow award grip section). However, to may users this pen in not reinventing the wheel and design may look very exciting. I like it though.

Lamy Aion is well made from good quality materials and it does not feel cheap and in my opinion, this is a large step forward compared to very popular Safari line. However, its metal (aluminium) body may not be to everyone’s taste (it feels cold) and the same with abrasive finish, which I still have not used to. It is OK and does the job but the feel is far far behind the Lamy 2000 experience. Of course, is a bit unfair to compare these two pens once they belong to completely different classes.

Overall, Lamy Aion is a good everyday pen. The simple but yet elegant design makes this pen suitable for office and meetings. The scratch resistant coating may be a bonus. I found it very useful, since I carry this pen regularly between office and rather hostile laboratory environment, which I do not tend to do with resin based fountain pens.

Pros:

  • well manufactured
  • good materials and finish
  • smooth nib (easy to swap with other Lamy’s nibs including these from Safari)
  • decent size and weight (not too light and not too heavy)
  • well-made and functional clip
  • affordable

Cons:

  • some minor problems with cap alignment when closing the pen.
  • abrasive coating and aluminium may not be to everyone’s taste (very subjective)

(*) Disclaimer/ I have no affiliation with the all brands and companies mentioned above and this short review reflects only my personal views and findings about the product. The pen was individually purchased.

 

 

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Beginner Fountain Pen Mistakes

Unlike a ballpoint pen, fountain pens can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars and they’re an accessory that enhances your handwriting and make it more unique. At the same time, they demand a certain amount of care and attention.

In the US, most people are rarely exposed to fountain pens unless they actively pursue them and if they do, however, most people fall in love with them and always prefer them over regular pens.

When you start out, you’re very prone to make those mistakes and all the people I’ve met who just started the fountain pen when they were an adult, made those as well.

Fountain Pen Mistakes Beginners Make

Fountain pen paper and a Lamy Safari fountain pen

1. Not Using A Fountain Pen At All

Even if you own it, you may just have it in your desk drawer and it never sees the light of day. In my opinion, a huge advantage of a fountain pen is your signature. Not only does it make it look more sophisticated but it’s actually much harder to fake because the lines vary in thickness depending on the pressure you put on to the nib. Of course, it’s easy to forget about handwriting in a digital world, you can take notes with your phone, you can use Google home assistant or Alexa but at the same time, it has been proven that writing down things by hand especially if you take notes, enhances your memory and you learn faster. As Murphy’s Law has it, you never have a pen when you need it so it really pays to make a fountain pen part of your everyday carry so you always have it handy when you need it.

Ink bleed

2. Using The Wrong Paper

Because of the nib and the ink feed, you get more ink onto the paper. Now most regular paper is rather thin and sometimes flimsy and when you use a fountain pen, you encounter something called bleeding. Basically, it’s just ink bleeding into the paper leaving a very undefined line that doesn’t look as nice as if you write with the same fountain pen on a thicker paper that absorbs the ink better.

Fountain pen paper

So instead, go with a slightly thicker cardstock or go with fountain pen paper which hardly costs more at all but it’s specifically made for fountain pen ink. If you don’t want to bother about the kind of paper you use, I suggest you get an extra fine or a fine nib because with those, you get less ink on the paper and it will look good no matter what paper you use. That being said, if you write a note to someone, they always feel extra special if it comes on a thicker cardstock or even a cotton paper because it’s just a wonderful experience.

The more pressure you add, the wider your pen stroke gets

3. Pushing Too Hard On The Nib

If you have a regular ballpoint pen or a rollerball, you can really push hard even push holes into your paper. Now with a fountain pen, you can also add pressure and the more pressure you add, the wider your pen stroke gets. That can be really nice for a signature or you want to get a calligraphy effect when you write. Now with nibs, you have to pay a little more attention because they’re split in the middle so the ink can get to the paper and if you push too hard, you may damage or break the nib and then you’ll have to exchange it.

Pushing too hard may damage the nib

Also if you push too hard, it scratches on the paper, it tires out your hand, and it’s just hard on the paper as well as the pen. In general, I say a softer touch is better. If you want to write long letters, it pays to have a pen that’s slightly heavier but not too heavy so you can just have it glide over the paper when you write something without having to push on it very forcefully.

Fountain pen ink comes in many colors

4. Using The Wrong Ink

When you start out, you might think that all ink are alike and you can just buy the cheapest one out there and it’ll do a good job. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. If you have calligraphy pens, they use a different ink. If you have a fountain pen, you should always go with a specific fountain pen ink. Why? Basically, they have a different chemical composition that is best for fountain pens. If you get something that is too thick and it dries too quickly, it will clog up your fountain pen and you’ll have to constantly clean it. The great part about fountain pen ink is that it comes in hundreds of different colors and it’s a great way to express your personality through your ink.

Sven Raphael Schneider’s signature green ink

For example, I usually have a really dark green ink which is still contrasting on white paper, at the same time, it’s different than royal blue ink which is probably the number one sold color in the world today. So if you choose a special color, be it your favorite color or maybe the color of the logo of your company, you really underline the whole message, make it unique and special and even harder to fake.

If you have a fountain pen that you don’t use a lot, you leave it in the drawer, or you only use it for signatures, chances are that the ink on the inside of the fountain pen will dry in and then it won’t start when you want to write. If that sounds like you, I suggest to look for a specific ink that is supposed to not dry as quickly and that way, you don’t have to clean your pen and it’s more reliable at the few times you actually use it.

5. Not Cleaning Your Fountain Pen

Generally, if you keep writing a pen and you use high-quality fountain pen ink, chances are you hardly ever maybe never have to clean your fountain pen, over time, however, there may be dust or something gets clogged up and then it’s time to clean your pen.

Cleaning Your Fountain Pen

Submerge your pen in water to clean it up
  1. Simply drop your entire pen in water. If it has several parts that you can take apart, take it apart, try to let it soak in so the dry spots can soak up and then put it all together and see if it writes again. If that’s not the case, you may want to use a little toothbrush, maybe you want to blow water from the bottom part through the ink feed throughout the nib just to make sure it’s not clogged up. Definitely only use water to clean your fountain pen and don’t use alcohol or acetone as they may damage the pen.
  2. Use an ultrasonic cleaner. It’s very gentle, it works with water and sound waves that make the parts vibrate and clean them. You can use it for jewelry or all kinds of other parts even for clothes if your cleaner is large enough. All you do is simply add cold water to your ultrasonic cleaner. You immerse the pen on the inside, maybe you make sure that you get the water into the inside chamber if it’s a piston filler or you just fill it up with water and take everything apart so the water can reach all the parts that are dry and dirty. Keep in mind that an ultrasonic will heat up the water and in combination with the vibrations can cause especially older pens that are made of materials like celluloid to actually expand. In fact, I once ruined and old Montblanc Meisterstuck fountain pen with the casing of a celluloid because it had metal parts on the inside that came up. I can still use the pen, however, for collectors, it lost basically all of its value. So keep that in mind and always take a look, shorter is always better. Let it run for five minutes rather than ten. Take a look, see where it’s at if it’s already clean, you can just take it out.
The best way to clean a fountain pen
The anatomy of the nib

6. Dropping A Fountain Pen On The Nib

I know you don’t drop your pens intentionally but unlike with a ballpoint pen, if it falls right on the tip of the nib, it may break or it may deform and then it’s time to have the nib replaced. If you just have a steel nib, it’s actually quite inexpensive. If you have a more expensive fountain pen with a gold nib, just the nib alone can cost anywhere from $200-$500 which is quite costly. In any case, I’d always suggest going to professionals to have it replaced because you yourself will likely screw it up and the ink feed and the flow won’t work after you repaired it. To protect your pen, I suggest you always put on the cap when it is not in use and you can also have an extra pouch in leather where the pen is protected.

Typical Fountain Pen Mistake – Keep the nib of your pen up so you do not have to worry about ink stains

7. Not Keeping The Nib Up When Traveling

Especially if you’re on a plane, the cabin pressure changes over time and if your nib faces down or if it’s horizontal, chances are ink is pushed outside of the pen and either you get a stain on your jacket or the next time you open your pen, all your fingers are going to be full of ink. Now a good ink is very colorfast so you can’t just go to the bathroom and wash it off. You’ll have ink stains on your fingers for a few days. What should you do? Always keep the pen with the nib up and you’ll be just fine and do not have to worry about any ink leaking or ink stains on your fingers.

Fountain Pen Mistakes Conclusions

Overall, you have to pay a little more attention to a fountain pen and you have to be a little more deliberate than with a ballpoint pen or a rollerball. On the other hand, a fountain pen enhances your handwriting and the look of it in a way that no rollerball and ballpoint can compete with. Are you guilty of these mistakes?

Caring for Your Fountain Pen

Why clean a fountain pen?

One of the most frequent repair questions we get asked is how to fix a broken a nib. We often find the issue is the fountain pen simply needs a good clean, yet customers are often nervous of doing this themselves. Hopefully with our step by step cleaning guide this will make the job seem less daunting.

How do you know if this is the problem? Common symptoms of a pen in need of cleaning include slow or inconsistent ink flow, scratchiness, and skipping. We would always recommend that your fountain pen be cleaned every 4-8 weeks, even if they are still writing well to avoid problems in the future.

A step by step cleaning guide

  1. Carefully remove the cartridge or converter from inside your pen.
  2. We would then recommend using cold tap water to flush through the nib and gripping section of the pen. Please do not use any solvents to try and clean your pen, this can cause permanent damage to the nib.
  3. If you have a built in converter we recommend flushing the nib by drawing cold water up through the nib and forcing the water out. As you would usually fill from your ink bottle.
  4. Once you have done the above gently blow air through the nib assembly to clear all liquid out of the nib.
  5. Then dry the nib and gripping section with a soft cloth or paper towel.
  6. If you feel the above steps have not worked either repeat the above steps or move on to the next step.
  7. If you feel there is more dried ink in your nib which clogs as you try to write we would recommend carefully taking off the nib section of your pen then placing it into a glass of clean water and let it soak overnight.
  8. Place a sheet of kitchen roll at the bottom of the glass to rest the nib on and let the water level completely cover the nib.
  9. The next morning gently rinse the nib with tepid water and repeat this until the water runs clear.
  10. As before gently blow into the nib assembly to remove any excess water.
  11. We recommend that you then dry the nib and gripping section with a soft cloth or paper towel.
  12. You may now place a new ink cartridge or an ink converter into the front end.

 

How to Store Your Pen

The nib should remain writing point up when not in use so the ink will drain down into the converter or cartridge. While this goes against your natural instinct this does help avoid drying or clogging of the nib.

Placing your pen into a pen case or pouch will also protect the pen from being scratched, keeping the finish looking new.

When flying, store your pen with the writing point upright when not in use. Ensure that either a full cartridge or converter is inserted or remove the existing cartridge/converter prior to the flight.

A review of the Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil

Welcome to my blog post about the Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil.

50 years of the Lamy 2000

The Lamy 2000 was first released in 1966 so this year is its 50th anniversary – and after several special editions covering materials like grenadill wood, ceramic, titanium, and more, we can expect a new special edition in 2016. I went ahead and compiled a list of the special editions so far, which can be seen at the still unnamed pen wiki. I checked with the company that handles the launch of the 50 years Lamy 2000 special edition. They checked with Lamy and I was told that the list is complete. I wonder whether someone has all of them. Maybe the person who bought the Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson special edition in red?

The material

It’s still not clear how the special edition will look, but however it looks, the ‘normal’ edition is stunning in itself. The main body is made from Makrolon (polycarbonate) and the surface is brushed, which means that use over time will slowly start to polish the surface and it will become shinier. This reminds me very much of Lexikaliker’s ‘beauty through use’ post (Translation / Original). It is a beautiful concept and idea and just one of the things I love about the Lamy 2000.

The surface of the Lamy 2000 in the middle changed after years of use.

The Lamy 2000 Fountain pen

Even though I’ve been using Lamy (Safari) fountain pens since the 1980s, I only bought my first Lamy 2000 fountain pen in 2008. The most expensive fountain pen I had before that was probably a Parker, which was less than half the 2000’s price. Before I bought it I was looking at the 2000 pen for several months before I decided that it’s worth the €89.95(~$102; £72) it cost back then, and in the end I got this pen as a Christmas gift that year from my wife. It’s a great pen! After I got it, it was the only fountain pen I used for a very long time. One unusual thing about my 2000 fountain pen is the enormous ink flow you get if you start using a bit of force. The M nibbed one I have is like this, but I wouldn’t know whether all Lamy 2000 in M are like that. Well, I liked this pen so much that I bought an EF version a bit later, mainly because of the fairly big line variation I got from my version in M.

Lamy 2000 fountain pen and mechanical pencil

Even today, after Lamy has increased their prices a few times, they provide excellent value for money. You won’t find many piston fillers with a gold nib for the price the Lamy 2000 fountain pen sells for – and you’ll find even fewer fountain pens as handsome as the Lamy 2000, especially not for this price.

The Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil

The Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil

Well, technically it’s not really the 50th anniversary of the Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil; even though the fountain pen was released in 1966 the mechanical pencil was only added in 1970 (and the ballpoint pen in 1968).

Despite loving wood-cased and mechanical pencils, and despite the good reviews out there, I hadn’t had the pleasure of using a Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil until I got one from The Pen Company in January 2016.

Vitals

My first impressions: the Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil was much lighter than expected. I know these numbers won’t mean much to most readers, but in case you want to compare it to another pen, here are the vitals: The length of the pen is just under 14cm, with the thickest part of the barrel having a diameter of 12mm. The weight is just under 19g. The centre of gravity is very much in the middle as you can see from the picture where the 2000 is balanced on a type.

What a well-balanced pencil!

Look and Feel

One of the other things I noticed first was that the Lamy 2000 pencil is much slimmer than the Lamy 2000 fountain pen version. As I was used to the thickness of the fountain pen version I did initially find the mechanical pencil too slim, but by now I like it the way it is. The clip has a similar design as the fountain pen, but again, is slimmer. This is a good thing as many users of mechanical pencils will rotate them in their hand, so a slimmer clip makes it less obtrusive when it rests on the purlicue between the thumb and index finger. You’ll still notice the clip in your hand though, because the corners are not rounded – the clip is still quite noticeable and can even be distracting.

The clip

If you write using a fairly acute angle, i.e. if you hold the pencil very flat, the pencil’s body can still be too wide, especially when writing near the spine in a notebook where the pages don’t lie flat. In that case, the body of the pen can touch the paper, making writing difficult – but this issue doesn’t usually occur.

The grip section

The good thing about the cap is that it fits quite firmly on the pen and there is no danger of it falling off by mistake. I mention this because the cap of the my Caran d’Ache 844 is quite loose and can come off easily.

Speaking of the cap: the 5 on the cap seems to be laser etched, similar to what you get on some keyboards, so I don’t expect the 5 to rub off anytime soon.

Conclusion

This is a great mechanical pencil. I am sure I will enjoy it for many years to come. Since I got it, it has been my most used mechanical pencil.

The fountain pen and the mechanical pencil – easy to distinguish in your shirt pocket


Price: 2008

Exchange rates: April 2016

You can find more about the origins of the Lamy 2000 design on the Fountain Pen Network.

Dave has a review of the Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil too.

If you like the Lamy 2000, have a look at the Lamy Scribble, as well.

Lamy Safari Terra Red Special Edition Fountain Pen 2021 4035676

What is nib size?

Popular nib sizes:

EF (extra fine) – extra fine. The pen writes very thinly, with an approximate line width of about 0.4 mm. Suitable for those with very fine handwriting. It takes skill to write with such a pen. If not properly gripped, the nib may cut, scratch the paper, or skip in certain positions. To an inexperienced user, writing with such a pen will most likely seem uncomfortable.

F (fine) – fine. The nib writes thinly with an approximate line width of about 0.6 mm. Suitable for those with small to medium handwriting. One of the popular sizes.

M (medium) – average. Approximate line width about 0.8 mm. Suitable for those with medium-sized handwriting or large, sweeping handwriting. The second popular size.

B (broad) – wide. Approximate line width of about 1.0 mm. Suitable for those with large, sweeping handwriting or for signatures.Writes softly. The ink supply is abundant, the line when writing with such a pen is thick.

BB or EB (double broad / extra-broad) – very wide (extra wide). Approximate line width of about 1.2 mm. Suitable for those with very large, sweeping handwriting or for signatures. Usually gives a good line variation. Writes softly from any angle. The ink supply is very abundant, the line when writing with this nib is very thick. Often its name can be confusing, the width of the BB line is not twice the width of the B nib (from the same manufacturer).

A (anfaenger) – pen for beginners or student pen. It is specially designed by Lamy for elementary school. At its end there is a ball, so that the line is rich and stable at any inclination of the hand, not yet experienced in writing. Line width of pen A, somewhere between pen F and M.

Custom pen sizes:

Stub – flat (wide). Straight cut nib for calligraphy work. The pen does not have a ball at the end, the nature of the line depends on a certain angle of inclination and direction of movement (the pen gives a wide vertical line and a thin horizontal one).By alternating between wide and thin strokes, you can give your handwriting a special expressiveness. The width in millimeters is engraved on the nib of these pens. The wider the pen, the more effective the text written with it looks on paper.

OM, OB (oblique medium, oblique broad) – beveled medium, beveled wide. Oblique nibs for tilting writing. One side of these nibs is shortened, which allows ink to flow evenly and smoothly, even with a strong tilt of the hand. Designed for authors who either rotate the pen counterclockwise or hold the pen at an unusual angle.Note that oblique nibs generally do not show more line deflection than standard rounded nibs unless otherwise noted (in other words, they are not italic style nibs).

LH (left handed) – left-handed pen. Nib designed specifically for left-handers and their special writing techniques. Average line width. Suitable for those with medium-sized handwriting.

Twin – double. The nib has 3 teeth and 2 nibs of different widths.The center barb is recessed and asymmetrical, which allows the nibs to create two separate, parallel lines of varying width when writing. The shadow line gives calligraphy an extra dimension of depth. Text written with such a pen looks very unusual.

Lamy Safari writing set (green fountain pen, cartridges, converter, 30 ml ink)

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Set.Package contents: Gift box, Lamy Safari fountain pen with F nib (body color green), pack of 5 black Lamy T10 ink cartridges, 50 ml Lamy T52 blue ink bottle, Lamy Z28 refill converter, instructions. Lamy Safari is the most popular pen from the Lamy brand. Made of durable ABS plastic. Replaceable steel nib. The fountain pen is used with Lamy T10 ink cartridges or the Lamy Z28 converter to refill ink from a Lamy T51 or Lamy T52 bottle. Design: Wolfgang Fabian.

Collection:

Fountain pens Safari

Finishing parts material:

plastic, metal

Case material:

cardboard / plastic

Logo laying on:

Yes

Case size, mm (LxWxH):

208x130x70 mm

The set includes:

fountain pen, cartridges, converter, ink

Country of origin:

Germany

Line thickness of the letter, mm:

0.6

Trademark:

LAMY

Ink color:

blue

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Trading house “VIMOS” carries out delivery of construction, finishing materials and household goods. Our fleet of vehicles is more than 100 units of transport vehicles. On each the base has developed a competent logistics system that allows you to deliver your goods to agreed terms.Our experts will be able to quickly and accurately calculate the cost of delivery from taking into account the weight and dimensions of the cargo, as well as the mileage to the place of delivery.

Delivery order is carried out through our call center by phone: +7 (812) 666-66-55 or at ordering goods with delivery through the online store. Delivery cost is calculated according to the tariff scale presented below. The exact shipping cost will be determined after coordination of the order with your manager.

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90,000 Penmania How to replace the nib at a Lamy pen in 8 seconds

Most Lamy fountain pen models use uniform (of the same design and size) steel or gold nibs.

Lamy Feathers can be purchased separately. The size range is quite wide: EF, F, M, B, LF and stub type nibs (truncated) in widths of 1.1, 1.5, 1.9 mm.

With a Lamy pen with an M nib, for example, you can try a different nib width (or practice calligraphy) and find your favorite nib.Or several.

Once I was asked – how to change the pen? Do you need to unclench it around the edges?

I can’t be silent. I share my own and other people’s experience.

So,

How to replace a Lamy nib in 8 seconds.

Disclaimer: All replacement operations you carry out at your own risk and I am not responsible for your damaged pen, ink fingers or for “too hot coffee at McDonald’s.”

Carefully read the entire article to the end – the details may be important to you.

To the barrier!

I use this technology:

1. You want the nib to be wet: to keep the ink or water under the nib, in the feeder, just to reduce friction. If with ink, then, of course, the fingers will get dirty, but they can be washed off with soap and water easily. (The feeder is the part of the pen on which the nib is fixed, usually of a dark color). That is, either rinse the pen with water and do not wait until it is completely dry, or change the nib on a filled pen with ink.

So the pen and feeder are wet.

2. Handle – in the left hand. Turn it with the feeder up. With the thumbnail of your right hand, rest against the ball of the pen, hold the pen below with your index and with a confident, but not strong movement, simply move the pen outward from the body (pulling, in fact, but smoothly).

Should come off easily. It goes like this for me. If it doesn’t pull off, try rinsing with water a few more times, or even leaving the pen in the water for a few minutes or hours (you may have dried ink under the nib).

3. Then turn the pen with the feeder down, take a new nib in your right hand, hold it horizontally between your thumb and forefinger, rest your fingers on the corners of the nib for an abutment and simply put the nib back on. Attention! It is easy to put on, and the pen does not reach the beginning of the section, about a millimeter of the feeder remains, not covered by the pen (see how it is installed now, before removing the pen).

Voila! 8 seconds and everything is replaced.

Attention! The pen may not write immediately after replacement – there is no ink under it (even if it was replaced with ink), run the ink under it with a converter (or press the cartridge a little).Or simply refill the pen with ink if you replaced the nib with a clean pen with only water. After that, it will write down smoothly and pleasantly :).

The post is inspired by a technology found on the Internet using a Lamy Safari cap instead of your own finger. See here http://sparklingsilvia.wordpress.com/tutorials/lamy-pen-tutorial/.

One of the explanatory photos

But I’m sorry for the cap :), I prefer fingers … And not every Lamy owner has Safari …

Attention!

You should understand that with this nib replacement technology, there is a non-zero chance that you will pick out that iridium ball at the end of the nib, which is precisely what ensures the smoothness of Lamy’s writing (This does not apply to stub nibs, which are initially devoid of this iridium ending).

I have not heard of such precedents and myself have successfully changed nibs for Safari, Al-Star, Studio. But I must warn you.

There is another technology, very similar, with the use of a strip of adhesive tape such as scotch tape, in which the effect on the iridium ball is excluded.

The technology is clearly shown in the following video.

I don’t like the fact that it is also necessary to find scotch tape in her (and fingers are always at hand, in the sense on the hand, or in the hand?), And there is a possibility that low-quality scotch tape will leave some of the glue on the pen and then you will have to wash the pen .

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