Author: NARP

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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The care of fountain pens

The fountain pen has long been the instrument of choice for the discerning writer, author and even the artist. Ever since the first fountain pen came into existence over a hundred years ago, the market has exponentially grown into what it is today. Although the golden age of fountain pens has long since passed, there seems to be a resurgence of this lovely writing instrument, with more and more people wanting to use an instrument that some say is the only way to write. Indeed we are seeing a revival of penmanship and the lost art of writing letters, the personal touch, that no email or electronic form of communication can ever provide. Due to the growing number of fountain pen users, I as a fountain pen enthusiast find it prudent to write this blog post for the care and maintenance of these instruments, so that they may serve us (and the next generation) for years to come. Common Mistakes The most common mistake that new users make is using an inappropriate ink in their fountain pens, this is single handedly the most difficult problem to repair in case the pen stops writing. Be sure to use inks specifically formulated for fountain pens !. Inks such as India ink are a strict no-no for fountain pens, also calligraphy inks are best avoided since they contain gum arabic and are...

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