Discovery is often made while you are not paying attention. This “discovery” of mine is nothing new, since many pen enthusiasts have probably done it for long time, but I just want to share the finding for those who are interested.
While doing a tedious work project, I meant to reach out to a gel pen of different color to strike out entries I have entered, forgetting that I have pulled out Sailor Fude fountain pen on the desk. As I happily crossed out an entry, I realized, “wait a second, this is not a gel pen!” Looking down at the entry, the broad stroke made by Sailor Fude resembled color blocks made by highlighters. In case you are interested in using fountain pens for as many purposes as possible, using fountain pens with broader nibs (italic and fude nibs will do as well) with a lighter ink can be a highlighter alternative. There are fluorescent fountain pen ink on the market, but if there are inks in your collection that are less saturated and opaque, they are great candidates for highlighting purpose.
|Pelikan Edelstein Amber as an accidental highlighting ink|
|Close up: Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite as the writing ink.|
One of the shortcomings of using fountain pen ink as highlighting ink is if the written ink is not water resistent, then the two ink will blend a bit, as seen in the picture above. When used with gel pens with water resistent ink, such as Uni-Ball Signo DX, the highlighting has a cleaner stroke, as seen below.
|fountain pen ink coupling with gel pen. Not too bad of a result.|
Which new discoveries have you made recently with pens?