Pooping fountain pen >_>

Well, I currently have a parker vector and it has a problem. It seems to spew out alot of ink. Whenever I open it, tons of ink are smeared around the nib and the barrel. It’s quite horrifying. I’m worried that the ink might dwindle away rapidly.
Please help.

(by zekiel1999 for everyone)

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  1. I've used Vectors for over a decade with Quink, Sheaffer, Mont Blanc and Pelikan ink—no leaks yet. The cardinal rule, when carrying a pen, is to keep the tip pointed up—backpacks are a no-no. My favorite place to park it is in my breast pocket. When you do carry it in your pocket, try to minimize the shaking…if you're planning a mountain biking trip, best to leave the pen at home. Avoid too leaving the pen in a parked car; heat will send the ink spewing forth for sure. Good luck!

  2. How're you coming through the Simplified manual John? I know you're taking forever to wade through the dry business letters like I did. I cheated after I did the review on brief forms and just read the blankets letters. Must be a 50s thing, but the counting elevators bit just confused me.

  3. And if you ever get the desire to go through Gregg Speed Practice, you'll have a whole treasure trove of new business letters to copy 😐 I've personally been replacing some of the words to make them not quite so dull, such as "Dear Sir, while I was on a business trip to the Midland area…" might be "Dear Sir, while I was on a liquor run to the Moonshine area…"

    A question for Chuck: Do you find that using a fountain pen actually helps with penmanship and speed (using a nib), or is it only important that the point be fine and the inkflow smooth? I'm dubious about investing!

  4. It really depends on the pen. You need to try many of them. The pen cannot be heavy and not too slim so that it rests comfortable on your fingers, without "pinching" the pen. The ink needs to flow smoothly. The nib should not be too fine, because fine nibs have a tendency to scratch heavily on the paper — it should feel really smooth. I've used fountain pens since I was in high school, so I'm used to them. Right now, I write Gregg with a really old pen that has a Gregg shorthand nib — it's really great, because I find it easy to maintain the proportion with it, especially the circles, and it's very light.

    There's nothing wrong with writing with a pen that feels comfortable — in fact, the samples that I wrote for the site were with three different pens (actually, three different markers), and none of them was a fountain pen! So before you buy something, you need to try it for yourself. And use good ink! Cheap, runny inks are a big no no.

  5. My own opinion about fountain pens here  . . . personally I love to write with a fountain pen, but I don't any more.  Several reasons:  no time for pen maintenance, increasing difficulty finding well-made, good-quality pens, and scarcity of ink (plus high price when you do find it).   In our age, the ball-point and similar pens have definitely won.  Because of our mobility, plus the need to write on all different kinds of paper and surfaces (and with different amounts of pressure) they're the only versatile writing instrument.    I routinely use the Pilot G-2 gel pen . . . I like the grip, I like the bold line, and I like the variety of colors (although I usually use blue).  They're also easy to find.  Sarasa pens are equivalent.  These work fine for handwriting and for shorthand.   Alex

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