The other day I received an InkCage, a kind of ink reservoir for pointed pen. It consists of a wire coil glued on the nib and the idea is that the ink will be stored in the coil and continues to feed the nib, reducing the need for dipping.
Jim, the guy behind InkCage puts these coils into all kinds of nibs, including a Principal, Zebra, even vintage nibs like the 604EF, which is the one I bought.
The coils are stuck on to the nib and not removable, and one thing I want to point out is that the coils are pretty long.
I don’t know about you guys, but I like to push my nib pretty deep into the flange to keep it secure. Alas with the long coil secured, it is forced to sit in what to me is an unnatural position. This pic on the left shows the deepest position the nib with the coil can be inserted into an oblique holder. However, happily Jim has said that shorter coils can be customized, so hopefully that problem is solved.
So let’s try it out.. here I am dipping the ink into some walnut ink. You can see how much ink it is holding!
The flourishing above is done with one dip! It’s actually quite fun to be able to go on and on without needing to stop and dip.
If you’re not shading as much, you can write even more. Here I have written the Invictus poem, plus a little engrossing, and some more shades just to get all the ink out.
I did notice that upstrokes tend to be drier than usual, I don’t know if that’s due to the coil feeding the nib from the bottom only or if the nib just needs some more breaking in. I just wish it would be ‘wetter’.. but I don’t know how this would be remedied without actual old fashioned dipping.
Another concern I have is cleaning, but as long as I am careful to rinse and dry the nib and coil right after writing, it shouldn’t have any problems. I haven’t had it for very long though, so if any rusting issues arise I will update this blog post.. however for now, I think it should be fine.
I am not affiliated with Inkcage!