- Starts immediately, even after non-use for a reasonable time, i.e., at least a few weeks.
- Doesn’t skip or miss at the beginning of a stroke, or miss strokes in a certain direction.
- Must not leak into the cap and onto the section.
- Ink must not turn dark in the pen quickly, i.e., in a few days (preferably not within several weeks!)
- Must show the ink I want to use it with to its best advantage–not too light or too dark to begin with.
- Pens with pointed nibs must write with a fine enough line to suit me.
- Ink flow must not be so fast that I have to write faster to keep up with it & destroy how my handwriting looks. (Usually, a flow this fast means a wet writer–which I won’t keep anyway–as a lefty overwriter that has an issue with smearing.)
How will/has this affected my ideas on pen collecting & organizing? Yes, I’ll keep some that are favorites for one reason or another but that may only be inked “once in a blue moon” (favs for looks, sentimental reasons, etc.) These will be stored separately. Some pens will be traded or sold. I’ll be buying fewer pens, and those I buy will mostly be brands that I know I do well with.
As to ink, I like to use 11-12 general colors. I used to think it would be nice to have various brands of at least 3 or 4 of each for variety. But I began to feel that I was swimming in ink! So this, too, has changed for me.
For awhile, all of these changes in direction seemed slightly disturbing, but upon reflection, I guess this is part of what keeps the hobby interesting.