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Jan. 18th, 2010 | 01:41 pm

I posted previously that I'd not noticed any problems with the OHTO Tasche pen and ink flow, but I'm afraid to say that I have, now, too many to just be isolated incidents. I've changed the cartridge and fiddled with the nib many times, but the only time it works is after I've flushed it through with water, and then not indefinitely. I can't be doing that every couple of days. So for the moment I'm back with the bullet pen though if I find a solution, I'll post it here.

Edit: I've had some success - I think - with widening the ink channel with the tip of a sharp pen-knife. This is quite an intimidating thing to try, admittedly, but it's recommended in some cases by proper sources (e.g. here) and flushing, adjusting the feed etc hadn't helped. Well, fingers crossed eh.

Edit 2: (2010-06-18) Anyone finding this through Google and looking to see any issues with the Tasche should look at the whole "ohto tasche" tagged series of posts - or look here.

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Pen problems

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 18th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I think the Observer had part 2 of a DIY guide that mentioned flushing it out with white spirit but not sure if you dilute it first and the garbage collectors took the supplement this morning!
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Re: Pen problems

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 18th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
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NO, No ! Not white spirit, water with dilute detergent.

But that only applied to old, dried-up pens, New ones should not need that.

My Watermans works fine, although the cartridge is a bit too big to store a replacement in the barrel.

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fridgemagnet

Re: Pen problems

from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 18th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
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I changed the post to show that I'd had some success with widening the ink channel, so let's see. It seems to be writing quite well now, but it seemed to be doing that when I first got it of course.

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soho_iced

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from: soho_iced
date: Jan. 19th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
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I spent an hour and a half yesterday trying to mop up leaked ink from the innards of my printer, then predictably when I put it back together it failed to work. I'm thinking of hand writing everything in future.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 19th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Modern consumer printers are - and this is literally true - machines designed to use up ink. The hardware is sold at a loss, and the ink at a huge profit. Their cheap construction, to offset the loss, also means that they jam and break a lot, with the result that you then have to print things again, using more ink.

Compromise with a manual typewriter.

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