Replacing Crow Quill in Reversible Penholder

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William Mitchell Reversible Pen holder is a convenient pen holder with a nib unit that can be turned round and stored inside the pen holder to preserve the point from damage. The nib unit appears to be a moulded section but is in fact assembled from 3 parts (see photo). The parts can be separated and a new No.659 Crow Quill inserted in the pen. However, when the pen has been used it is likely that ink and paper have worked their way up the nib shaft and the nib itself has started to corrode.

It may help to soak the nib unit for 24 hours in washing up liquid or air brush cleaner to soften the debris round the nib shaft.  Grip the nib unit and nib and twist the nib around the supporting pillar. Bear in mind that the nib unit parts are plastic and breakable. Since the nib needs replacing there is nothing to be lost by gripping the end of it with pliers. A twisting and rotating movement should enable the nib to be pulled out of its socket.

The supporting pin may remain in the socket but may need to be pulled out to enable the socket to be thoroughly cleaned.

Refit a new No.659 Crow Quill  and your pen is as good as new.  !!

Ziller Inks

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Unpacking a consignment of ink from Ziller in the USA which arrived today I was struck by the beautiful colours. It is almost impossible not to unscrew the lids and load a pen with ink and be amazed at the infinite variety of effects that flow from the blade of the pen. Using a brush it is possible to load a 3a Automatic Pen with three colours and the delightful spectrum of ever-changing colour is truly spectacular. This is possible of course with many inks and paints but the viscosity of the Ziller inks seems to slow the mixing of the ink on the pen so that the mixing takes place as it flows onto the page.

If you haven’t tried colour mixing I would recommend it.

I would recommend Ziller Inks for spectacular colours and amazing results. Don’t be frightened off by the waterproof label, just rinse your pens frequently. For even easier cleaning just add a little ammonia to your rinse water.

Full range of Ziller Inks in stock – I’ve just unpacked them! No one who has tried them has been disappointed and many have fallen in love ❤️!

Gold Trusted Merchant Award

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Feefo is our Customer Feedback provider and gives every customer the opportunity to comment on the Service and Product they have received from us. The comment is automatically available on our website and can be seen by anyone. We can respond to the comment but cannot remove it.

We are very pleased to receive a Gold Trusted Merchant Award as we achieved a 98% Service Rating over 2013. These awards are difficult to come by and hopefully demonstrates our commitment to, and achievement of, a high quality of customer service.

Colour Mixing Video

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I am amazed that my video which shows colour mixing with Pilot Parallel Pens and had some distinctly dodgy calligraphy has had 36,000 hits!! It was never intended to demonstrate calligraphy but just to give an idea of what colour mixing was about. Apparently it has learnt 9pence and they don’t pay out less than £10 so I don’t think I will be booking the cruise yet. I suppose that 36,000 as a percentage of the world online community isn’t great but there are lots of videos with much smaller figures. I just wish 36,000 people had bought a Parallel Pen from me!!! If you want to see it – 36,001 – just search for ‘blotspens’ on YouTube. No it’s not the Chocolate Charlie one; it’s the other one.