Friday, February 20, 2009

Pilot Varsity refilled

Pilot Varsity refilled

Okay, so this post isn't DIRECTLY about letter-writing, but it is about fountain pens. And I write all my letters with fountain pens. And I write a lot of letters, and address even more envelopes, with this pen and this ink. So, on to the meat of the post...

Encouraged by this post on the Good Pens blog, I finally gave it a go and refilled a Pilot Varsity. Using needlenose pliers, you can just pop the nib bit out, dump out any unused ink, and fill with a much more exciting color. I wanted a nice fat line for my Noodler's Heart of Darkness, so this was a perfect fit. I address most envelopes with Heart of Darkness because it is so very black and also waterproof, so this is now my go-to pen for that purpose.

I didn't rinse the nib, and you can see in the top of the photo how much lighter the Pilot black ink is than the Noodler's black-black-black HoD.

4 comments:

  1. Interesting. I've never used a Pilot Varsity. It seemed so wasteful, but maybe with this information, I might try one, if I can find one. I have a favorite fountain pen, but it leaks ink all over my fingers, so I haven't been using it lately. Can't really afford to send it to the hospital, so I either use other pens or put up with blue fingers.

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  2. Oh, bummer about the leaky fountain pen. That is such a disappointment. When working properly, the fountain pens shouldn't leak... but I hear you about not being able to afford to send it to the hospital.

    I agree about the wastefulness of disposable fountain pens - but they become a great deal, and a great resource, when you realize you can refill them!

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  3. Very nice! That Dunkind is a crafty one. Nr

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  4. ...As I found out over 30 years ago, the answer to refilling a fountain pen with a thick line is to scrap the pen and buy a Sharpie instead. Nowadays, if I have to actually write anything - much less sign something - I use a Sharpie. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and neuropathy tend to make that more of a non-negotiable requirement these days :)

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