Fountain Pens And Ink - How To Fill And Care For Your Fountain Pen
By: James R Young
Fountain pens take us back in time and let us blissfully remember a life that wasn't so given - and times that were not so stressful. When we use a fountain pen to write a letter to one whom we hold dear, it takes on special meaning to him or her upon reception. It holds more power than a commonly-written letter. The verse there is attention-grabbing and demanding of respect. Words written with a fountain pen are evident, and they display magic in every syllable.
Collecting and utilizing fountain pens is an activity that vast amounts of people around the world are extremely fond of. But there are rules - always rules! If you want to maximize your enjoyment of your fountain pen collectibles, you must know how to care for them properly. Many collector fountain pens demand a heavy price tag and they should be looked after as such. Here is your guide to best care for and maintain your set of valuable fountain pens:
Only converters or piston fountain pens can be filled from a bottle of ink. To fill, depress the piston fully and submerge the entire nib into the ink. Turn the end of the converter or barrel so that the ink is drawn into the pen's reservoir. You should repeat this process a few times to ensure that you getting the most ink possible into the reservoir.
If you wish to use disposable ink cartridges, you need a fountain pen that does not have a piston filler. Simply remove the converter and push the cartridge into place until you hear it snap in. Mate the pen's nib section with small ball or barrier of plastic. When you position the cartridge correctly, it will snap in and puncture its end. Now your ready to write!
You should clean your fountain pens every time that you decide to change either the color or brand of your ink.If you are cleaning a converter or piston type pen, simply submerge the pen in water and then draw the water into and push it out of the ink reservoir until it runs clear. If you use a cartridge fountain pen, simply remove and discard the used cartridge and run water through the nib feeding mechanism. Let it continue to run through the nib until it runs clear. Now, sit your fountain pen on an absorbent towel with the nib making contact. This will draw out any water or moisture that may remain inside of your pen.
Do not use soap or cleansers for fountain pen cleaning. If you feel that your pen requires more cleaning than described here, it is best to send it to the manufacturer for a cleaning by professionals.
Always protect the nib of your fountain pens when transporting them or just carrying them with you. Most quality fountain pens come with a carrying case. Try to always face the nib upwards when in motion. Protect it gently and don't allow a lot of bouncing around.
Fountain pens love usage! They need to be feel needed. Use your pen regularly to keep it in great shape.Without usage, the ink will begin to dry up inside of the reservoir. It will coagulate and become difficult to clean. It will also tend to break loose when you do use your pen and cause skips, smears and smudging. The rule of thumb is to use your fountain pen at least once a week or simply rinse it out for extended storage.
Fountain pens are wonderful writing utensils, keepsakes and gifts! Take good care of your and it will literally last forever.
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James R Young wrote for www.apassionforpens.co.uk. The original site may no longer be online.
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