Like any newbie sketcher (or perhaps some veterans, too!) I cannot resist trying out different art supplies. Especially pens! People wrote about sketching with this fountain pen or that, and I was so curious to try different pens. I started with the Lamy Safari, widely regarded as a "reliable, dependable workhorse", but that has not been my experience at all with it (I've tried two of them!). I then discovered the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen and I thought my search was done, I loved it!
But then curiosity rose again, and I bought a Noodler's Flex Konrad (what are those flex pens about anyway?). It was okay, but the line was too thick for my taste. Then I encountered a blog post from Quebec sketcher Larry Marshall about the Pilot Prera. I began dreaming about the Prera as a pen that would make up for any deficiencies I perceived in my reigning favorite pen, the Carbon Pen (strange long shape, cap not post-able; I'm aware that I can saw the body shorter but such things are irreversible and what if I don't like the way it handles then?). The Prera looked sturdy, wrote fine, the cap posted, etc. People seem to like it. So I bought one (now my most expensive pen!) and I was in Prera-dise. For awhile...
But before I purchased a second Carbon Pen (one to keep on my desk, one to keep in my traveling sketch kit), I needed to make sure it was the pen what was the problem and not the ink. So I flushed my Carbon Pen, installed a Platinum converter that I bought awhile back and never used, and filled the pen with Noodler's Lexington Gray ink, the ink I had been using in my Prera. It worked wonderfully, as I thought it might. Nice ink flow, no skipping, even on the relatively rough cold press watercolor paper. I did a test page on the Strathmore CP watercolor paper and I was convinced the problem was in the Prera, not the Lexington Gray ink.
So made a JetPens order for another Carbon Pen this morning. That should do me!