Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I was really looking forward to trying this new brush pen from J. Herbin, and I'm sad to say that I didn't have any luck with getting it to work. It's a cartridge fed pen, and I snapped in one of the included 3 cartridges with a little difficulty. There's a ball bearing that sits at the top of the cartridge and I really had to push to insert it which bothered me because you are snapping plastic into plastic and I was worried that the feed on the pen would break.
I expected the brush would take a while to charge from the inserted cartridge and I followed the instructions where it told me to keep the pen in a vertical position. I had it sitting (capped) in a pen cup brush side up for several hours and when I checked it, the ink still hadn't flowed to the brush. 24 hours later, still nothing. I invert the pen and face it down in the cup. Another 24 hours, still no ink flow.
I contacted Karen at Exaclair and she contacted the manufacturer. They suggested squeezing the cartridge to get the ink to flow, and also to try dipping the brush into the cartridge to "prime" the brush.
My 6'3" 260lb husband had a hard time squeezing the ink cartridge. It's made of a very firm plastic and IMHO, can't really be squeezed. I also tried dipping the brush into the ink and after a few swipes on paper, it was back to it's not-really-flowing status.
I've now had it sitting here for about a week and the ink still isn't flowing. I can't imagine what else I could have done to get this pen to work. It's going into the give-away box and I'll let someone else take a stab at it.