Adjusting the ink flow in your Ackerman quill pen

January 01, 2017

You can adjust the ink flow in our quill pens to optimize your drawing experience. 

Our quill pens include the Crowquill Fountain Pen, Crowquill Pump Pen, Hawk Quill Fountain Pen and Hawk Quill Pump Pen. I plan to rename these pens the Quill Fountain Pen and the Quill Pump Pen once I get everyone on board with the concept.

The quill nib includes the crowquill and hawk quill nibs.

Three Hunt quill nibs are shown on the right - the crowquill (102) at the top, the firmer hawk quill (108) in the middle, and the more flexible hawk quill (107) at the bottom.  

These are tubular nibs that provide a very flexible tip. The hawk quill is the larger of the two. All quill nibs are very responsive to hand pressure and yield extraordinary results when used in a skillful hand.

All you need to know about quill nibs

Many companies make quill nibs, but all modern quill nibs share the same body shape and size. This means all modern quill nibs fit the same pen. If you buy a Crowquill Fountain Pen, you can use the hawk quill in the pen. I plan to rename our pens the Quill Fountain Pen and the Quill Pump Pen once I get everyone on board with the concept.

You can adjust the flow of ink through quill nibs when they are used in our pens. This lets you obtain an even flow of ink regardless of the viscosity of the ink or paint you are using, the speed of your drawing, the type of paper you are using, even the warmth of your hand. Each of these can affect the flow of ink. Viscosity is the most important. If you stick with one type of ink, you probably don’t need to change your ideal adjustment.

The trick is to position the air hole in the quill nib correctly over the ink hole in the feed. This lets you slide the quill nib back and forth to expose more or less of the ink hole, which permits more or less ink to pass through.

We designed the ink hole as an elliptical shape shown in black on the right. The first nib shows partial exposure, which limits the flow of ink. The second nib shows full exposure. The third nib shows no exposure, which is a good way to store the pen. No ink can leak out.

It might take some experimenting to find the right position for you, and the position might vary over time depending on a change in conditions, for example, when you switch to a thicker ink, but at least now you have the ability to optimize the flow.


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