True Writer FourNib Sampler
I bought it for the Stub. . .
And to have a medium and broad nib because I always buy the fine nib when I purchase a fountain pen. The F, M, and B nibs write with no problem. I had to learn to handle the Stub.
First, writing with a Stub takes a different approach. When I started, it seemed scratchy and skipped. I was rotating the nib too far to the right. I learned if it feels scratchy, turn the pen back to the left a little. But on the thin parts of the line, the stub still skipped.
Second, ink makes a difference. The first ink I put in wrote dry--contributing to the skipping. When I finished that cartridge, I flushed the pen and selected a wetter ink. It made all the difference. The pen writes with the thin/thick lines it's known for--no skipping. Both inks were Levenger cartridges that I've used successfully in True Writer pens.
Bottom line: Just know that fountain pen nibs, inks, and paper work together to influence the writing experience. It takes some experimenting to work it out but the results are worth it. People always notice when I pull out a fountain pen. They marvel at a pen's appearance, how it writes, and the rich color of ink.
August 16, 2014
I have several True Writer fountain pens, but have always stuck with my continued choice of medium nib. However when I saw this sampler option, decided to try it out. Using the stub nib right now, with the others planned for later. As always, Levenger quality is delivered.
June 26, 2014
Fountain pen user needs instruction
I wish Levenger would create an informational video for a first time fountain pen user. I think a well-done video would be a win/win marketing link for Levenger to get folks to the site to buy pens.
It is hard to even evaluate and buy a pen as novice users do not have enough knowledge to evaluate a pen. and understand what different pen widths and points do. I avoided buying a pen for a long time because of trouble I had using a pen years ago. I would like more information about how to use and store a fountain pen. If I could have seen in one place a quick informational video it would have overcome some of my reluctance.
I have had my pen for several weeks and have had some issues with skipping. I bought 4 nib types. I have experimented with all of them. But am frustrated about exactly how best to avoid skipping. Do I need to press harder or lighter. I need some visual pointers.
First Time Fountain Pen User Guide 101 instructional video. Should have
1. The beauty of text written with fountain pen verses roller ball and others types.
2. The way to load a fountain pen with ink. The cartridge verses the ink bottle.
3. What is skipping when writing with a fountain pen? How to avoid or reduce this.
4. Suggestions on ways to hold and use pen to get the best performance.
5. Understanding angles that work best.
6. How to store for daily use.
7. When should a pen be cleaned and how.
8. The different nib widths with examples.
9. A calligraphy nib and examples of a nib that produces thin and wider calligraphy flourishes.
March 1, 2013