Ink: J. Herbin Pearlescent red
Nib: Brause Rose (Brause 76)
Recently I finally relinquish my will and give in to the temptation to Brause Rose nib, despite the fact that I have plenty dip nibs in the arsenal Perhaps this irrational behavior epitomizes Marx’s observation of the fallacy of capitalism? 🙂 To Marx’s imaginary dismay, Rose nib is worth every bit of the wait. It is a lot soften compare to other Brause nibs I have and the line variation it is capable of is breathtaking. Because of its litheness and sensitivity to pressure, a lighter hand is required; in fact, hairline can be made by barely gliding nib across the surface can produce hairlines. Since I usually write heavy handedly (Comparatively, the pressure has lessen than before. I do not wish to murder my pens!), my usual cue on putting too much pressure is to hear the scratching sound made on paper surface.
One of the most common gripes on dip pen is the inconsistent ink flow and repeated dipping. To ameliorate this problem, I use Gentian’s idea on a masking tape reservoir, which improves the flow tremendously. One note on the J. Herbin’s pearlescent ink is that the pigment can lump as the water evaporates, and couple droplets of water can easily remedy the situation. I have been going back and forth about this ink, but I often found myself going back to it for the luster. The pearlescent pigment gives embossing effect to the text, though one needs to be careful not to smear it.
|Scribbles made by rose nib. The line variation is very exciting!|
By the way, if you are looking for books for your summer reading, consider The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, where this quotation of Marx can be found . It is a slow reading, but I was captivated immediately by the first two short pages I read. Stylistically, this book reminds me of Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.
What are your thoughts on dip pen?