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Frankenpen: Camlin Rego + Gillot 303

posted Aug 16, 2015, 8:01 AM by Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll   [ updated Aug 16, 2015, 8:02 AM ]
Today was a day for experimentation and I tried both something stupid and amazing. Inspired by this video, I searched among the least used pens that I had and among the dip pens that I like and found that the Gillot 303 nib fits exactly on top of the Camlin Rego feed. Getting both together is easy, but getting it to work is not:
  • For some reason, while I had prepared the nib for India ink, heating it to remove oil, the fountain pen ink refused to run. I had to burn the nib with a match candle to fix it.
  • You have to find the perfect distance between the end of the feed and the beginning of the nib. Otherwise ink stops and does not reach the tip.
  • The feed has to be enlarged a bit. Take a knife and deepen the channels that you will see. I also added two sideways channels to let ink flow to the sides of the nib.
The outcomewas great. It takes some time and fiddling to get the ink started but then the Frankenpen works nicely with a smooth line variation. It is also wet, so be careful not to shake the pen, as drops may fall on the paper. And finally, and most important: remove the nib before capping the pen I did not realize that the Camlin cap is too short (well it is not, but the inside of it is) and the nib broke when trying to close the pen.

I leave you with some pictures: