Month: July 2017

Why size matters

Many people are concerned about the size of the fountain pen. Personally I like them big, small or undersized, but I’m conscious that this is very different for others. A Kaweco Sport I find great on the go, for quick note taking a Pelikan M400 size is great to. For extended writing I’d prefer something larger, size of Montegrappa Extra, Pelikan M800 or Aurora Optima (which is the smaller of the 3). For me these provide the optimum for long (er) writing.  As for the oversize, what I like most about them is that they usually have larger sized nibs to, what is a big plus in my mind.  For some a mid sized pen is considered large and, in my experience this is not just a man vs woman thing, some big guys like tiny pens and some small ladies like big pens. (i am not intending to be biased nor offend anyone in any way, just observations from conversations with different users)  So why does size matter?  It matters because of the user, if the user feels good using a certain size pen, that is the only important thing to consider.  Big or small, all are loved by someone.  A love...

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Cleaning fountain pens

The fountain pen has come a long way from the eyedropper designs of the vintage fountain pens, today various modern filling systems are available that offer the user ease of maintenance as well as longevity of their instrument. Most modern fountain pens are made of acrylic, plastic, or celluloid bodies. Unless heavily soiled, these can be cleaned sufficiently using a damp soft cloth. For more serious stains, the pen may need to be professionally serviced. However cleaning the internal mechanisms of the fountain pen requires a little more effort.  Cartridge convertor pens (or C/C) These usually consist of a cartridge that contains ink, and a convertor for those who prefer to use bottled ink. This is the most common mechanism of all the modern fountain pens available today. This can be cleaned by using the convertor to fill the pen with water and flush the pen multiple times until the water runs clear. Usually plain water suffices, however in case stubborn inks are used, a few drop of dish washing soap help. Alternatively, a syringe may be used to flush the pen section containing the nib and feed with water, although in this case the convertor does have to be cleaned separately. Once the water from the nib and feed run clear, the section should be stored vertically, nib down in a small tissue paper and left to dry....

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