The Giardini Roller Dye Pen is perhaps one of the most used tools for painting leather edges by hand application, as it is one of the best compromise between cost and performance. It allows to apply the leather edge paint almost on all types leather goods items, in a quick and precise way.
It needs no special maintenance, just a good attention in cleaning the pen during and after use, and his life is definitely long lasting. There are different types and different costs, between one and the other could find differences in the materials used, and especially on a ball system for rotating the tip. Some of them are also equipped with replacement parts in case you want to replace the head.
The Roller Dye Pen is suitable for prototypes and small productions and it allows you to obtain a very precise and accurate edge finishing. It consists of an aluminum handle and a rotating brass head. It is used like a normal nib, dipping the tip into the paint and then applying it on the edge to be coloured.
The great advantage of this craftool for leather edge painting is the facility of cleaning. For a quick and easy cleaning it is advisable to avoid that the paint completely dries on its rotating head. When the paint is not yet dry it can be removed simply by using a damp cloth, paper, or specific cleaners. In case the paint completely dries, it is recommended to leave the nib to soak for a few hours and then remove the residues with the aid of a hard-bristled brush.
When using the Roller Dye Pen it is recommended to always keep a glass containing water (or cleaner) at your fingertips, and leave the nib to soak during the breaks between the workings. It will prevent the paint from quickly drying, and therefore it will be possible to quickly resume the processing and colouring of the edge.