The unfairly maligned Ohto Tasche

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Jun. 18th, 2010 | 11:46 pm

You may recall that I bought an OHTO Tasche a few months ago, and found that it gummed up and became unusable. I put this down to the pen being flawed.

Recently I bought a bottle of Diamine Blue Black ink (which was a cartridge that I used frequently in the Tasche). It has a very nice colour. Unfortunately it also gummed up two of my pens - the Sailor ProColour and a Lamy Vista that I got recently - to the extent that they needed soaking. The ink dries on and underneath the nib or otherwise forms a crust such that flow gradually reduces and then dries up completely.

Both of the above pens reacted very well to other inks, and so I thought that the problem with the Tasche might have been a result of the ink. Note that the Tasche is too small to take anything but international-size cartridges, so I couldn't test it with proper bottled ink via a convertor, but I had a cartridge of Diamine Prussian Blue - it is performing perfectly well with this. Also, Prussian Blue is quite similar in colour to the Blue Black, which is good too.

There's something about the Tasche that makes it extremely pleasant to write with. It's not too sharp but not too broad, and writing with it feels comfortable, like a stylish but well-padded sofa. I'm very glad that it seems that it isn't the pen that has a problem here, but the ink. Let that be a general lesson.

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grocky

i'm still using mine

from: grocko
date: Jul. 2nd, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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never had any problems and it's turned out to be one of my favourites. i use waterman cartridges in mine.

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fridgemagnet

Re: i'm still using mine

from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 2nd, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I understand that Waterman inks are noted for being very smooth-flowing - they're always going on about Waterman Florida Blue on fountainpennetwork.

Mind you if I'd not had this problem I might not have branched out into Sailor pens and other inks, so swings and roundabouts eh.

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