Ink and Pen Notes: Sheaffer PFM and Montblanc Daniel Defoe

Sheaffer PFM I and Montblanc Daniel Defoe ink bottle

You ever have one of those fountain pens that just wants to make you feel stupid? No? Well let me tell you about mine.

It’s a Sheaffer PFM I with a fine nib. It’s not my only snorkel filler, in fact I have a Sheaffer Snorkel currently inked. It’s been nearly a year, but I’ve inked this PFM before and it wasn’t out to get me back then.

Last week I went to ink it up with Montblanc Daniel Defoe and it decided to put me in my place. I had a terrible time filling it. It just didn’t want to take in ink. I finally got what I thought was a good fill and went to work using the pen. I did use it a lot over the next two days but it went dry far to soon if it had been full. I again tried filling and after a couple obvious failures I thought it was full. Bit it barely lasted a day.

While unexpected since the pen was purchased with a new sac, I figured I had a bad sac but decided to try another ink first. Since I was changing inks I cleaned out the pen. It took in plenty of water and didn’t seem to be having any problems. So I was optimistic when I open the bottle of J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage. But I continued to have problems getting a good fill. Back to water and it’s fine. Then the sledgehammer hits me and knocks some sense into me. I realized I was being timid and pushed the plunger down must slower when holding the pen in the relatively small and narrow ink bottles than I was with the large glass of water. Once I punched the plunger at a normal speed I got a good fill.

Suitably humbled, I’ve been using the pen several days and the ink is still flowing strong.

Despite the Sheaffer PFM making me look stupid I still like the pen. It fits my hand well and I really like the nib. I also like the Montblanc Daniel Defoe ink (also called Palm Green which is more descriptive). It’s a rather unique green, at least among the inks I’ve used. Unfortunately it does better in wetter or wider nibs. I say unfortunately because my nib preference is thin and on the dry side. I also wish the ink dried a little faster, there were some smudges.

The ink was relatively easy to clean from the pen although snorkels are notoriously difficult to get all traces of the ink out. I was refilling so I didn’t need to remove every trace.

As I mentioned, I’ve re-inked the Sheaffer PFM I, but now it has J. Herbin Lierrer Sauvage ink.

The MB Daniel Defoe ink ran through the pen so quickly that I didn’t get any nib photos with the ink. The Daniel Defoe ink didn’t creep or splash onto the nib at all. So, since it looked a lot like any other nib photos I included some with other ink.

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