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When you're not using your fountain pen
you put it into the docking station on
desk. The station checks the ink level in
the pen and fills it up when it's low.
Every night, at a programmable point
during the wee small hours, the ink
flushed through the pen a few times to
it, and the pen is refilled ready for
Every few weeks (or at the push of a
button) the pen is more thoroughly
cleaned. The ink is drained and a
solution run through the pen. A small
amount of ink is then flushed through
pen (to wash out the cleaning solution)
and the pen is refilled.
Never run out of ink again or have your
pen crust up on you because you've
neglected it. Pens would have to be
specially designed to work with the
docking station and would take
for when you're away from home.
You call a Cross expensive?
Now this is expensive... [bristolz, Jan 23 2006]
||Would be good for rapidographs, too. If anyone still uses them.
||My girl would *love* this. She has a bit of a pen fetish.
||Excellent. USB powered of course, with
an on-screen display of your pen status
(when docked) and the level of ink in
||How about the dock having a little ultrasonic cleansing action built in, too?
||And as the adverts for those "super" fountain pens state, it can be stabbed through a soft drinks can - as I am wont to do.
||I was pondering this. It would not seem to require loads of technology. I would think such a thing would have been popular and useful, an achievable with that day's technology back at the zenith of the fountain pen.
||I want it! I want it! I want it!
||The world has quite a few fountain-pen collectors and users: including deep-pockets types such as Bill Cosby.
||Believe me, we fountain-pen collectors (most of whom DO use most of our pens) would pay -- and pay WELL -- for such an item!
||A Dock suitable for collectors would have to work with many different types of pen though. That's a pretty different engineering proposition from what's described here.