How to Use Ink Syringes – Goulet Pens Blog
If you’ve never used ink syringes or seen them used before, then you’re missing one of the essential tools in your fountain pen toolbox. They serve a multitude of uses, including:
- Filling empty ink cartridges/converters
- Cleaning empty ink cartridges
- Filling/emptying ink sample vials
- Getting the last of the ink out of a glass bottle
- Filling an eyedropper pen
- Measuring ink for mixing
- Filling pens with ‘feed saturation’ (like I do in this post)
Though ink syringes can essentially be any syringe you find (unused), it’s really best if it has a blunt-tip, so you don’t hurt yourself or your ink cartridges. The ones I use in the video (and the pictures) are my own syringes I’ve sourced out specifically for the purpose of using them for fountain pens. Mine have more than a 5ml capacity, which is enough to fill even the largest of eyedropper pens. The 1.5″ long needle is long enough to reach into the deepest ink bottles, even to the bottom of a 4.5 ounce Noodler’s bottle!
Ink syringes are also ideal for refilling ink cartridges or converters. If you refill your ink cartridges, it means you don’t have to necessarily buy a converter, but you can still use bottled ink. That, and some ink cartridges hold more ink than their matching converters do.
|Easily refill your cartridges/converters with an ink syringe|
There are a few retailers out there that have their own ink syringes, and most of them should work in a very similar fashion. Though I’ve used my own syringes for the video and the details will be specific to Goulet syringes, the basic concepts are the same with any syringe. If you’re interested in the Goulet ones, you can the set of two syringes for $5 here.
Have you ever used any? What other interesting uses have you found for them?
Refilling a Kaweco with a syringe
With the Kaweco giveaway deadline fast approaching, I thought I would share my technique for refilling my Kaweco with ink. I don’t like being limited to just the cartridge ink colors available. Kaweco has a nice variety for cartridges but there are SO many other ink colors available that its nice to have an option for playing into your own whims.
First step is to collect the necessary supplies:
- a pen in need of a little inky love (in my case, Kawecos as they are cartridge-only)
- a long syringe (with about a 1.5″ long needle, approx 1mm in diameter. I got mine from Goulet Pens but if you know someone in the medical profession, they might be able to find something comparable for you)
- an empty cartridge, cleaned and dry
- ink (sample vials or a great big bottle will work equally well)
I save used cartridges just for this purpose. Since most Kawecos come with one cartridge, you’ll have one right away. I am not sure how many times this trick can be done before the cartridges get too loose but I’ve reused the same cartridges at least a half a dozen times with no ill effects.
Gather the empty cartridge you want to fill, your ink and your syringe. I lay a little waste paper down on my table, just in case but so far, this is a fairly tidy process.
Uncap your ink and insert the syringe. Carefully and slowly, pull the syringe plunger until you have a LITTLE bit of ink in the syringe.
No need to fill the syringe completely. My syringe has measurements on the side and I tend to fill to about 1cc to 1.5cc.
Then slowly fill the cartridge. I usually have a little bit of ink left in the syringe so I just push it back into the original container.
I only fill the cartridge to just below the ridge so it does not overflow. Then just stick the nib unit onto the cartridge while holding the cartridge upright. Push firmly. Then twist the body back on and you’re done.
Then you’ll need to clean out the syringe. I get a small glass of cold water and drop the dirty cartridge in it. I draw water up into the syringe and then plunge it to cycle any ink remnants out. I do several cycles of water until the syringe is clear. This will sometimes require pouring the water out and refilling it with clean water. Once completed, the needle can be twisted off at the yellow part and stored inside the plunger for safe keeping.
The same technique for filling a cartridge with ink can also be used to clean out a used cartridge. Just fill with water using the syringe and then suck out the dirty water. Repeat until water in cartridge is clear. Then let it dry out overnight.
Ink used is Noodler’s Turquoise American Eel purchased from Goulet Pens. Pen is a Kaweco Sport in white with an F nib from JetPens.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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Syringe and bottle Kit for refilling ink cartridges & eyedropper pens
Filling Kits for refilling cartridges with either a different ink colour not normally available or for refilling cartridge types that are no longer available. Can also be used for refilling eye-dropper type fountain pens.
- Kit 2 contains a 3ml syringe, blunt needle, locking syringe cap and 20ml flexible plastic bottle (note: photo shows 30ml bottle) with cap featuring needle fitting (with locking cap). This kit can be used in 2 ways: either to fill using the syringe (the same as Kit 1) or to fill larger capacities using the bottle. The needle fits on the bottle in the same way as it fits onto the syringe and can be capped in the same way for storing unused ink for later use. Colour of needle may vary.
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How to refill your fountain pen
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We love our fountain pens here at Eco Collective. We’ve also got a bit of a journaling obsession, so our pens tend to get a lot of exercise. Not only do fountain pens feel comfortable and elegant to write with, but they also offer a whole assortment of inks to play around with – all with minimal waste!
So: you’ve got your pen, and now you’re ready to ink up! Or maybe you’ve had your pen for a while, and your first ink cartridge has run dry… and now you’re wondering what to do next. It’s time for you to refill your ink so your pen can live to write another day!
How to fill (and refill) your ink:
Let’s start with cartridges: this is the easiest option for fountain pen ink, and the one I usually recommend for beginners. Each package of Kaweco ink cartridges comes with 6 small plastic cartridges. When you run out of ink in one, you simply toss the old cartridge into the trash and replace it with a new one! Even though this option still generates some plastic waste, you are saving a huge amount of plastic by not throwing away a whole pen.
I recommend these for beginners because there is basically no learning curve, and you can get to know your new pen without some of the mess that can come with a refillable cartridge!
- Disassemble your pen, including the disposable cartridge. To do this, remove the pen cap and unscrew the part with the pen tip from the body of the pen. You’ll be able to see that your cartridge is empty (if it’s not, but the ink doesn’t seem to be flowing, see the “clean your pen” section below).
- Toss the empty cartridge into the trash.
- Pop in a new cartridge! POP is the key word here: make sure you really push the new cartridge – you want to “pop” the seal.
- Reassemble your pen. You’re done! Write away!!
We carry two types of refillable cartridges: the syringe and the dropper. The syringe refill cartridge is made for our colorful Kaweco Sport fountain pens, and the dropper is made to fit our metal Kaweco Liliput fountain pens.
These are amazing because you can just refill that one cartridge from a glass ink bottle over and over and over again. I bought my 30 mL ink bottle over 8 months ago, and am still less than halfway through it! An opportunity to save money and save waste? Yes, please!
But… what’s the catch? These refillable cartridges are a little trickier to use. Particularly when I first switched to these, I had a real problem with small drops of ink dripping onto the page unexpectedly. The trick I use to keep this from happening is to very thoroughly wipe off any excess ink from the nib. The ink can stain fabric, so I have a dedicated reusable cloth wipe that I use each time I refill.
- Disassemble your pen, keeping the refillable cartridge attached to the nib portion of your pen.
- Open your ink bottle, and position the nib directly over the opening, cartridge pointing up.
- Slowly lower the syringe to empty any air or remaining ink from the pen and into the ink bottle.
- Lower your pen into the ink, until the entire nib is submerged in ink.
- Slowly pull up on the syringe, drawing ink into the cartridge. (Don’t worry if you can’t fill it all the way to the top – I’ve never managed that, either!)
- Reassemble the pen body. Be careful as you handle your pen, as the ink will lightly mark your fingers. (Nothing a lil soap and water won’t fix, though!)
- Wipe off any excess ink on the nib. Be thorough here! Wipe and wipe and wipe again until you can no longer see excess ink on the nib.
- You’re done! But still take care with handling your pen, especially right after you’ve refilled. An unexpected flick of the pen has been known to send some small ink drops flying!! Careful wiping will help minimize this.
Refilling your fountain pen is nothing to be scared of!! With just a little extra care and patience, your refillable fountain pen can deepen your zero-waste practice with every refill.
How to clean your pen:
Sometimes, you’ll run into issues with ink flow, even if there’s still ink in your cartridge. I’ve found this is usually a sign that something’s clogging up the nib: this could be old, dried ink or even a bit of dust! (A great reminder to always store your pen capped, and preferably stored nib down!)
Luckily, it’s super easy to do a quick 5 minute clean… easy enough that you could even squeeze in a preventative clean once a month or so for good fountain pen maintenance!
- Empty your pen and disassemble completely, removing the (empty!) cartridge. See step 3 in “Refillable Cartridges” for how to empty a reusable cartridge. For disposable cartridges, see the note below*.
- Flush with running water, by holding the nib portion nib-down in your sink.
- Soak in water, replacing with clean water frequently, until water stays clear.
- Let dry, ideally for 24 hours. (If you manage to make it that long, I am impressed with your superhuman patience!) I usually let mine dry for around 20 minutes, and then I’ll just put up with some extra-watery ink for a sentence or two.
* If you’re using a disposable cartridge and running into issues with ink flow, you probably don’t want to fully disassemble your pen – unless you want ink splatters all over everything you own. Instead, you can try lightly wiping the nib against a damp cloth to clean it.
I hope these tips help you enjoy your pen for years and years to come! I’m going on two years with my own Kaweco Sport pen, and it’s filled many a notebook and journal in that time! May yours support you on your journey toward your dreams, as well.
The Cartridge Vs. The Converter
Many times you will hear of a fountain pen commonly offered with the cartridge / converter filling system. This means that the fountain pen can either accept disposable ink cartridges or use the refillable, screw-type converter that can draw ink from a bottle. My intention of this article is to pit the both of them in bloody battle and see who would triumph gloriously.
Just kidding, but I did want to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using either method of filling your fountain pen. This information is especially useful for first-time fountain pen owners, so listen up. You don’t want to get ink all over your nice sweater before Thanksgiving Dinner, or on the Turkey, for that matter.
Cartridges are, by far, the easiest between the two. They are fully supplied with ink, so when you pop that sucker into the front section of your fountain pen and hear the satisfying snap of the insert being pierced, you know you are moments away from writing the Great American Novel, or signing your expense reports, or writing a passive-aggressive note for the noisy neighbor upstairs.
No mess filling your pen, but it does take a few moments to get that ink into the feed and to the point. To juice the process, I usually like to give the ink cartridge a gentle squeeze with my thumb and forefinger to get the ink down faster. Removal is as easy as taking out the empty cartridge and throwing it away.
The big negative with going the cartridge route of filling your fountain pen is that they are disposable, hurting the environment and your wallet at the same time. Buying box after box of cartridges isn’t as cost-efficient as getting bottles of ink. Also, there hardly is as much of a color variety as there is with bottled ink. Most manufacturers will simply offer the blue, black and blue-black, while their selection of bottled inks will have every color “under the rainbow.”
Converters are the modern compromise between the traditional bottle-filling systems of old with the industrialized notion of interchangeable parts. Without going into a whole historical tangent, the converter’s purpose is to allow the user to fill their fountain pen in an old-fashioned way without having to worry about delicate pen repair down the road. You simply insert the converter in the same manner you would a cartridge. Seat it properly into the front section of the pen. Then, submerge the nib and feed into your bottle of fountain pen-friendly ink. Screw the black knob clockwise to draw ink up through the nib into the converter’s ink chamber. Screw anti-(counter)clockwise to expel the contents (air, ink or water) out of the converter. This may take several twists up-and-down to get the proper suction, making sure all of the air is removed from the converter and that you are drawing up only ink. Filling via converter is a process that takes several tries to get a handle on it and novices are sure to get their fingers inky at first. Heck, I still get inky sometimes.
There are two main “draws” with a converter : one is the actual process itself. It may be nostalgic for some, while many also experience a sense of being deliberate and caring for your writing implement. With so many of our modern consumer items being disposable, it is a nice change-of-pace to actually take the time and fill your fountain pen, getting it ready to meet the day’s tasks head-on! The second point is that it is more cost-effective to fill from an ink bottle than it is to continually buy cartridges. By the time you are buying package after package of disposable ink cartridges that last a few months, you could have had a whole collection of modestly priced ink bottles to last you a few years. There are online communities like Fountain Pen Network that encourage ink swapping or ink sampling, which would mean getting small 2 mL samples of different brands, hues and formulas of ink to find one that you really would love to get a bottle of.
The intimidating part of using the converter over a cartridge is the potentially messy process. The closest activity I can relate it to is changing the oil on your car. It is far more satisfying to do the job yourself, but you need to take time and get a little messy to accomplish. Taking the car to Lube ‘N Go will be more expensive, but far less effort involved. If the oil came in different colors, which would change the colors of your exhaust, now we’d be much closer to the experience of filling a fountain pen.
Bottom Line – Most pen manufacturers offer both the converter and one ink cartridge with the purchase of a new fountain pen for the same reason that both Jiffy Lube and Advance Auto Parts are around. There are people who prefer to be more hands on, while there are others who want to keep things simple. It really depends on the effort of the individual. Not that I’m saying people who use ink cartridges are lazy, they just would rather concentrate their daily efforts elsewhere. People who like filling their fountain pen with a converter want to invest themselves into their writing instrument and are willing to take the risk of getting ink on their hands because it is part of the charm, the very reason why they selected a fountain pen to write with in the first place.
How Does a Fountain Pen Work? A Look Under the Hood
The fountain pen has a storied past. For centuries, rulers, inventors and visionaries searched for a pen that would hold a supply of ink and allow for a consistent, even flow of ink onto the page. Prior to the arrival of the fountain pen, the only writing options were quill and dip pens that had to be continually dipped into an inkwell. The result was often inconsistent ink on the page, as well as ink spilled onto the writer, the page and the writing desk.
The earliest known effort to create a pen with an ink reservoir was in northwest Africa in 973 A.D. The caliph of the Maghreb region requested a pen that would keep his hands clean while he wrote and would not leave a mess. The result was a pen that held ink inside and could be held upside-down without spilling, although no record of how the pen operated or what it looked like survives today.
During the Renaissance, artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci is believed to have designed and constructed a working fountain pen. His journals contain drawings with cross-sections of what appears to be a reservoir pen. Careful study of his surviving journals shows his handwriting is consistent throughout, rather than the typical fading pattern of a quill pen from the time. While no physical example survives today – some historians challenge whether he actually completed his task – several working models were reconstructed in 2011 by artist Amerigo Bombara that have since been put on display in museums dedicated to Leonardo.
Other early records of fountain pens also exist. For example, 17th century German inventor Daniel Schwenter invented a pen made from two quills. (Link: http://www.richardspens.com/pops/ref/who_really.htm) One quill was placed inside the other; it held the ink and was closed with a cork. In 1663, Samuel Pepys, English naval administrator, mentioned in his writings a metal pen “to carry ink.” Maryland historian Hester Dorsey Richardson also wrote about fountain pens that existed in the 17th century.
Perhaps the best-known early reference to a fountain pen comes from Nicholas Bion, whose illustrated description of a “plume sans fin” (an “endless pen”) was published in 1709. The earliest version of the pen described by Bion is traced to 1702.
Throughout the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s, advancements continued to improve the fountain pen, including self-filling pens, cartridge pens and “safety” pens designed to eliminate leakage.
With all the many advances in pen technology that have taken place over the years, there are many aspects of how the modern fountain pen operates that are still a mystery to both the casual user and the aficionado alike. Let’s unravel the mystery of the workings of the modern fountain pen.
A Look Under the Hood
Today, we are fortunate to have beautiful, high-quality fountain pens that provide a luxurious, elegant writing experience. The ink flows safely and smoothly from inside the pen to the paper, allowing us to capture our most important thoughts and ideas. Today’s ink is long-lasting, flows smoothly and dries quickly, allowing our ideas to be captured quickly and easily.
But how does this seemingly magical device actually work? Let’s look at the main components that put ink to paper:
– Nib: The nib is a vital element in the handwriting experience. The nib is the metal writing point that presses onto the page, creating a delicate flow of handwritten ink.
– Reservoir: located inside the body of the fountain pen, this is the area where ink is stored.
– Cartridge: a replaceable container of ink that allows for the convenient refilling of ink within the fountain pen.
– Feed: The feed allows the ink to flow from the reservoir or cartridge to the nib.
How does the ink flow through the fountain pen?
As you let the pen gently curve across the page, the fountain pen leaves a smooth, fine edge of ink on the paper. To reach the page, the ink flows through a fountain pen’s feed, travels down to the nib, and onto the paper by a combination of gravity and capillary action. As the fountain pen is pointed downward to the paper, gravity gently pulls the ink toward the page.
The other force at work is capillary action. That’s the same process that plants use to absorb water, where liquids move along the surface of a solid material because the liquid molecules are attracted to the solid. You’ve no doubt seen capillary action up close when using a paper towel to soak up spilled water, for example: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_tc8tlEoBs&feature=emb_logo) These two main actions allow for a smooth, gentle flow of ink onto the page.
How is the fountain pen refilled?
Early versions of the fountain pen employed techniques such as an eyedropper or syringe to refill the reservoir. Other ways included using an internal filling mechanism that would create suction, similar to a small, hand-cranked pump. Unfortunately, these approaches often resulted in spilled ink and stained hands.
While many of these techniques are still in use today, most premium pens, including Zenzoi fountain pens, use high-quality, pre-filled replacement ink cartridges. These cartridges are not only extremely reliable, they also eliminate the possibility of spillage when trying to transfer ink from a container to the pen.
Zenzoi replacement ink cartridges provide high-quality ink, international-size cartridges to fit with virtually any fountain pen, non-toxic ink to ensure safe use, and 24-pack refill packages to provide enough ink for weeks’ or months’ worth of writing pleasure.
For thousands of years, people have searched for a fountain pen that would offer an excellent writing experience. Zenzoi fountain pens are the culmination of that search. Our pens are made from the highest quality components manufactured with world-class precision and attention to detail. We are proud to continue the time-honored tradition of the fountain pen.
10 Genius Hacks For Better Fountain Pen Experience
Letters have never been written more elegantly than with a fountain pen.
But did you know that there’s something more you can do to level up your fountain pen experience?
With the right fountain pen and these 10 hacks, certainly, there are a few ways to make things a lot easier.
Grab your favorite Dryden Designs fountain pen and follow these steps you need to try:
1. Clean your ink cartridge and pen converters with a bulb syringe.
It’s time to refill. If you are a beginner and wondering how you’re supposed to clean that tiny and narrow ink cartridge, lo and behold the power of a bulb syringe!
Goodbye to using brushes and cloths that don’t fit in the cartridge and converter.
You simply have to fill the bulb syringe with water and flush the converter from the back. It holds enough water to flush out the spots of ink inside the converter. This will save you a lot of time, and it’s not stressful to do! You might even find it kind of fun!
2. Write with the nib upside down when writing on ordinary paper.
Flipping your nib over to write with can get it at least two nib sizes smaller. This is useful if the paper choice is outside your control, too absorbent, or if you need to write in a tiny area!
Not all nibs are designed for this and it may not be the smoothest and most pleasant writing experience, so use light pressure and keep in mind your mileage may vary on this one.
3. Shake your pen when ink isn’t flowing out to write.
If a pen is failing to start and you know you’ve inked it up, it could be that you need to force ink into the feed. Try holding the pen high enough in your hand so you know it won’t hit the table, and gently tap the heel of your hand on the table to “shake down” the ink, forcing it to flow down the pen.
Make sure you do this over paper, because you may fling ink. Don’t be reckless and slam your nib into the desk!
4. Remove the converter from the pen and fill directly from the ink bottle.
This is especially useful if you have low ink in your bottle or want to keep your nib clean. This will decrease a little of your ink capacity because your feed is empty, which can sometimes account for 0.2-0.3ml
You’ll want to force some ink through the feed once you’ve installed the converter to help get things flowing.
5. Dilute highly saturated inks to improve their flow through the nib.
Some inks are supersaturated that they don’t always flow as you’d like them to or they have long dry times. When you encounter such a problem, you can dilute your fountain pen inks with distilled water to help with this.
10% dilution to start should make a difference without sacrificing too much color saturation or ink properties.
6. Fill to the top or completely drain your fountain pen when you need to travel through a plane.
Changing altitudes when flying drop pressure in the cabin and essentially create a vacuum wanting to suck the air out of your pen, causing ink burping.
Eliminate the air or the ink, and you’re good! Either fill the pen all the way with no air bubbles or completely empty it.
7. Cleaning out your demonstrator pen cap.
If you have a demonstrator pen or what we call the transparent fountain pen with a cap insert, ink can sometimes collect between the insert and the cap.
Wrap a rubber band around the end of a pencil, insert it into the cap, and use the friction to grab the insert and pull it out. Then you can just swab it out to clean it.
8. Dip the nib that you haven’t used in a while in the water or ink bottle to get it flowing again.
Sometimes your pen has dried out a little bit and it needs some help getting going. Dipping the tip of the nib into the bottle of ink you filled it within a glass of water or water can saturate the feed and get things flowing.
9. Flood the feed to get a more saturated ink
If the ink isn’t as dark as you want or if you want to show off the best your ink has to offer, simply lay more ink down! Dip the pen in the bottle or flood the feed through the pen’s filling system as often as you wish to get more dramatic shading/sheening/shimmering effects.
10. Let out a couple of drips of ink after filling
Fill the pen all the way, then let out two drops of ink, and suck in a little air. This keeps the feed from being over saturated and dripping into your cap, especially if you carry the pen around.
With all these simple hacks, you will surely enjoy a better writing experience with your fountain pen!
90,000 How do I refill a fountain pen?
The answer to the question “how to refill a fountain pen?” Depends largely on which refueling system the pen is equipped with.
Therefore, choosing a handle usually starts with choosing a filling system first. There are several refueling systems and in this article we will tell you about the most popular ones and consider the advantages and disadvantages of each system.
Cartridge filling system
A cartridge is a small reservoir filled with ink, usually cylindrical in shape.This filling system is very easy to use:
- Unscrew the handle, hold the nib section in one hand, cartridge in the other
- Insert the cartridge into the nib section, with the neck towards the nib (the neck of the new cartridge has a protective membrane)
- Press down firmly on the cartridge until the protective membrane is pierced
- Assemble the pen and leave it in the nib-down position for a while to help the ink flow to the nib.This step can take quite a long time, in some cases up to 1-2 hours.
- Cartridges are the easiest way to refill your pen. They come with ink and all you have to do is insert a new cartridge into the pen.
- The cartridges are lightweight and compact, and are hermetically sealed until you insert them into the handle. They are convenient to carry with you in a bag or pencil case, unlike ink in cans.
- Refilling cartridges is the cleanest way of refilling, you do not need to fiddle with ink in cans, dip the pen into the ink with a pen. Keep your hands, table and handle clean while refueling.
Disadvantages of cartridges
- Many pen manufacturers use their own cartridge standard that is incompatible with pens from other manufacturers.
- The variety of ink colors in cartridges is significantly less than in vials.
- The cartridges have a fairly small ink capacity (from 0.5 to 1 ml).
A little trick: empty cartridges can be reused several times by refilling them with ink from a can with a syringe! Thus, you can get around one of the drawbacks of cartridges (limited color shades) and save money (usually ink in cans is cheaper than cartridges if you recalculate the cost per cartridge volume). It will take a very long time to refill the same cartridge, since over time the neck of the cartridge will loosen and it may start leaking.But for 2-3 refills of the cartridge is usually enough.
One of the most convenient and cheapest filling syringes is the insulin syringe. You can buy it in almost any pharmacy for a couple of hryvnias.
Cartridge with converter
Z28 Converter for Lamy Pens Schmidt International Converter K5
International Converter Syringe Manuscript
Kaweco converter for Sport grips
Piston Converter for Pilot PensConverter-Syringe for Platinum Pens
Or just a “converter”.The converter uses mechanical force to create negative pressure inside its reservoir and “pull in” ink.
There are 3 types of converters:
- Piston converter with thread
- Syringe-type piston converter
- Converter pipette
Refueling with converter:
- Prepare an ink bottle and some tissues.
- Place the bottle on a napkin.
- Insert the converter into the nib section just like a regular cartridge.
- If the converter is piston, then lower the piston all the way down towards the feather. To do this, in a threaded converter, twist the knob; in a “syringe” -type converter, press the piston handle.
- Dip the pen into the ink so that the entire nib and part of the grip section is submerged in the ink.
- For piston converters – lift the piston up (away from the nib), thus drawing ink from the bottle into the converter reservoir.If the converter is not full, repeat the operation.
- For a pipette converter – squeeze the upper part of the converter, bubbles will begin to emerge on the ink surface – the air you squeezed out of the converter. Let go slowly. The converter will straighten and the ink will be drawn into the reservoir. Repeat the operation several times until bubbles stop coming out.
- Remove the pen from the ink can and wipe the nib and pen with a tissue. Assemble the handle. The handle is now ready to use.
Advantages of converters
- Most pens have a converter refill option.
- The converter makes it possible to use all the variety of ink in bottles.
Disadvantages of converters
- Not all converters are compatible. It is necessary to check the compatibility of the converter with a specific handle model.
- Small area of ink. Some converters only hold half the amount of ink in the cartridges.
Handles with integrated filling system
TWSBI Diamond 580 Piston Fill Handle TWSBI Precision Piston Fill Handle TWSBI GO Spring Piston Fill Handle
Instead of using cartridges or converters, some pens come with a built-in refill system that allows them to be refilled with ink from a bottle. There are two types of built-in refueling system:
- Piston system
- Vacuum system
How to prime the handle with the integrated piston refueling system:
- Dip the pen into the ink bottle
- Rotate the handle until the piston moves down all the way (towards the pen).
- Rotate the handle in the opposite direction, returning the piston upward and drawing the ink into the reservoir. If the reservoir is not full, repeat the operation.
How to refill the handle with integrated vacuum refueling system:
- Unscrew the cap on the end of the handle and pull the piston handle towards you.
- Press down on the piston handle and push the piston down towards the feather. This creates negative pressure in the reservoir behind the piston.
- As soon as the piston reaches the bottom of the reservoir, ink will begin to flow into the chamber.
Benefits of Secondary Fueling Systems:
- Fountain pens with built-in refilling systems generally have a much higher ink capacity than cartridges and converters because the ink reservoir is much of the pen body.
- Ability to refill ink from a bottle giving access to a wide variety of inks and colors.
Disadvantages of built-in refueling systems:
- Pens with an integrated refilling system are usually significantly more expensive than pens using converters or cartridges.
- These pens cannot be refilled with cartridges, only with ink from a bottle.
Refillable pipette pens. The so-called “EYEDROPPER PEN”
Handle-Eyedropper Moonman M2
Pens with this type of refill are equipped with a system for sealing the joint between the front and back of the pen so that ink can be poured into the back of the pen using a syringe or pipette.Often, cartridge-filled pens are converted into an Eyedropper to increase the volume of refilled ink.
How to refill the Eyedropper:
- Unscrew the handle
- Use a pipette or syringe to draw ink from the bottle
- Pour ink into the back of the pen
- Lubricate the threads with silicone grease, for a more reliable seal
- Carefully assemble the handle.Leave the pen with the nib down for a while to allow the ink to flow to the nib.
Pen benefits Eyedropper
- Highest ink capacity of all refilling systems
- Ability to use a wide variety of ink bottles
- Not all handles can be converted to Eyedropper
- Refilling ink into the pen body is dangerous in terms of leakage.If you have not properly sealed the body of the pen, ink may leak.
- Refilling a pen requires a pipette, a can of ink, silicone grease and is not as easy and mobile as refilling with cartridges or a converter.
Refilling fountain pen ink can be daunting, but once you understand the basics of fountain pen refilling systems, you will fall in love with this never-aging writing instrument classic.Let us know in the comments below what is your favorite refill system and why.
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Is it possible to fill a fountain pen with stamp ink
Once I ditched my fountain pen by filling a capsule with, to put it mildly, “with the wrong composition”.But the pen was cheap, it was little used, it is a pity, but not fatal. Later I needed to paint something again with a fountain pen. I asked a colleague for a month, and taught by bitter experience – I googled about refueling and flushing. It is easy to rinse a pen with a capsule filling – you disassemble, remove the capsule, and then drop the cooled and settled boiled water with a syringe. It flows calmly down the chute of the feather. You can also rinse the capsule in the same way, and then put the handle on the central heating battery for a couple of days so that it is fried until crispy.In this simplest way, the handle is protected from drying out.
It is obligatory to fill the capsule only with ink, which indicates that for writing with an automatic and a fountain pen. It is categorically impossible to use any other ink, and even more so, ink cannot be used. There are ink liners for working with ink, and again, ink for working with ink liners is also special. Calligraphic ink is intended only for use with a brush, steel, goose or bamboo nib.
From personal impressions of drawing with a fountain pen – cheap is not convenient, but I have not tried expensive ones.It is also inconvenient to apply strokes, the pen scratches the paper and does not leave a continuous mark if you change the position of the pen when writing. Perhaps, for me, the use of gel or capillary pens is optimal. The big minus of the gels when drawing is that they run out too quickly!
A large number of fountain pens can be seen in stationery stores, but they all differ in build quality, refilling mechanism and cost. Regardless of which pen you purchased, with proper care it will serve you for a long time, the main thing is to adhere to the rules for refueling and cleaning and do not use liquids that are not intended for it.Consider the types of filling systems, their features, and how to properly clean them.
Where does the fountain pen ink go?
If you are using a piston converter system, then the ink must be filled into a special compartment. The cartridge system is disposable and cannot be refilled. You will need to purchase a new cartridge and load it into the pen.
Types of refueling systems
There are three types of refilling systems for fountain pens:
- Cartridge.A small ink bottle is manufactured at the factory that fits into the pen. This type is most common due to its practicality, but the cartridge is disposable, and in order to avoid problems, you need to stock up on them in advance.
- Piston converter. Such a system must be refueled by yourself. The peculiarity of the piston converter is reusable, but the method is also less practical, since you need to buy ink and special tools separately.
- Disposable system. There are fountain pens in the budget segment, and most often they cannot be reused, since there is no possibility of replacing the cartridge or refilling.
How to fill and paint?
The fountain pen can be refilled in several ways. Let’s consider in more detail the filling options, taking into account the design features.
If you have a piston converter, then disassemble the handle, tilt the rod towards the ink and rotate the piston counterclockwise.Then dip the pen in ink and scroll the device clockwise. This will suck the ink into the container. Then, without sticking out the pen, slightly unscrew the piston cover until a drop of ink appears from the pen. This must be done to bleed off excess air. Then screw on the structure and dry the handle with a dry cloth.
Piston filler works in the same way as a converter. Disassemble the handle and turn the filler counterclockwise. Dip into the ink and make a reverse loop to pump the liquid.Release the air and reassemble the structure.
The version with the cartridge system is the simplest. Disassemble the handle and take out the used cartridge. Insert the new system until it clicks and paint the nib until ink appears.
How to use the converter for refueling
There are several types of converters, which differ in the way of operation. Let’s consider the work of structures and how to refuel them.
Piston rotary converters
The rotary converter is refilled by lowering the pen into the ink and sucking it into the tank using the rotary mechanism.
Piston converters with stem
This type of system resembles a syringe. First, we squeeze out the remaining air and liquid from the piston by pressing on the lever. Then we dip the pen into a container of ink and pull the piston handle towards ourselves.
Classic filling system. The ink storage is made of rubber, and to fill the ink, you need to disconnect the channel from the nib, push on the base of the structure to bleed out excess air, and lower it into the can with ink.As soon as you stop compressing the piston, the desired fluid will flow into the converter.
Built-in piston system
The built-in system is more sophisticated, but you will not get yourself and the handle dirty with it. From the piston there is a branch with a small channel. To refill the pen, you need to insert it into the ink bottle.
Converterless and cartridgeless system
In budget models, you can see the simple operation of the pen. There are no converters and cartridges in it, and the ink is already filled in the body.It is impossible to refill such a mechanism again, and often ink flows out through microcracks in the joints.
How to clean dried ink from a fountain pen
If you have not used a pen for a long time, then the ink in it may dry out. However, this is not a reason to throw away the instrument, as it can be reanimated. Disassemble and rinse under running water to rinse out any remaining ink. Do this until the water is clear when you exit the handle.Then place all parts on a towel for 2 hours to dry. If the ink is difficult to wash out, then put the structure in a container with warm water for 5-8 hours.
If you have a Parker with a cartridge, then there is no point in washing out dried ink. You can fix the problem by installing a new device.
How to store your fountain pen properly
The life of your fountain pen will depend on how you care for it. Regardless of design and ink, it needs to be rinsed and cleaned from time to time, as heavy use can clog the nozzle with paper particles.
The main factor affecting cleaning is the type of ink. To avoid problems with color and drying, it is recommended to use ink from popular brands that specialize in the manufacture of these very inks. If you fill the pen with the wrong liquid, you risk ruining it forever.
How to refill if there is no ink
It is not recommended to use substances other than original ink, but if you urgently need to refill the pen, then use the following materials.
Can I refill with stamp ink?
Refills for printer ink will be the last for your pen, as non-fountain pen ink contains glycerin and takes a long time to dry. Stamp ink is absorbed deeply into the material, so it will be very difficult to clean the piston in the future.
Also, these inks have a thinner consistency, which can lead to smudges. When writing on paper, the paint will harden for a long time, so you will often smear the text.The method can only be used as a last resort.
Can I refill with ink?
There are more ink particles than ink, so the pen will quickly clog. In addition, ink dries quickly, and after a few hours your pen will stop writing. It is also almost impossible to wash it, since modern mascara has a moisture-resistant effect. This option is ineffective and useless, and you risk ruining the pen.
A fountain pen costs a lot of money, especially if it’s a Parker.To ensure that it lasts the longest, clean and rinse it regularly and use only the correct ink and constructions.
Currently, gel pens and ballpoint pens are most often used in everyday life. However, despite modern trends, true connoisseurs prefer to write with fountain pens. Ink pens of the renowned “Parker” company are especially popular with them. The products of this company are prestigious. To make them truly enjoyable while working, you need to know and be able to fill such a pen with ink and use it correctly.
Types of ink cartridges
When choosing an ink pen, you need to know a little about the cartridges that are used in them. It is a plastic cylinder with rounded or straight walls. All cartridges have the main differences:
- Flange shape. One side of the capsule has a flange, the other has a blind end. The flange is inserted into the handle or simply slides over the feeder needle. Inside the capsule, the ink is locked by a simple device, which can be of the following types:
- a ball made of metal or plastic, which moves freely inside the capsule, preventing ink from sticking to the walls and stirring them;
- thin membrane.
Many manufacturers make fountain pen cartridges and writing accessories based on their own standard.
We present to your attention the most common cartridge standards:
- Parker. There are the following standards for these cartridges – regular and short.
- International Many manufacturers in India, China, America and Europe produce pens specifically for this standard.
- Schaeffer Standard. The pens of this company can also use cartridges of the “International” standard.
- The American company Cross has developed its own cartridge standard. The non-standard shape of the flange in these handles does not allow the use of capsules from other manufacturers.
- Pilot – Japanese cartridges. They differ in their standards.
- Another Japanese company, Platinum, also has its own standard. The cartridges of this company have their own feature – the use of metal balls. They start knocking when the tank is empty, thereby informing about the need to replace the capsule soon.
Fountain Pen Refill
The many inks available at office supply stores differ in quality, shade and consistency. It is necessary to use products labeled “fountain pens”, which means for use in fountain pens. The filling method depends on the filling mechanism. To make replacement quick and easy, only use a container that is suitable in size and shape.
With piston filler, fill the handle as follows:
- Disassemble the handle body.
- Turn the ink plunger counterclockwise.
- Immerse the pen in the ink container.
- Now turn the clamp in the opposite direction.
- To remove air from the reservoir, slightly unscrew the clamp.
- Remove the nib from the vial. Use a cloth to wipe it off.
- Assemble everything in reverse order.
If a converter for refueling is built into the handle, then proceed as follows:
- Free access to the converter by removing the protective cap.
- Place the pen in the ink container.
- Turn the converter knob to the right.
- Release a drop of ink, thereby removing air from the reservoir.
- Using a paper towel, clean the nib.
- Assemble the handle.
It is very easy to insert the replacement cartridge into the writing tank:
- Remove the upper part of the housing.
- Remove the used cartridge.
- Insert the new capsule until you hear a click.
- Wipe the pen dry.
- Screw all handle parts back.
Rules for using a fountain pen
The writing accessory will serve you for a long time and please with its work, if you adhere to the following rules:
- Periodically clean the pen – flush through the converter. First fill the tank with filtered or distilled water and then rinse it. This manipulation is carried out until the liquid is clear.
- If there is a cartridge in the handle, it must be disconnected before flushing. Take a glass of clean water and place the base of the feather here for 40-60 minutes. The water should completely cover the feather. After these steps, wipe the pen with a tissue. Never use alcohol, solvents, or hot water to rinse the pen.
- Flush the pen every two weeks, or if you change the ink color in the pen.
Experts give the following recommendations on how to use the ink pen:
- To avoid damaging the pen, do not press hard on the pen when writing.The easy glide of the pen on the paper indicates the quality of this writing instrument.
- Not recommended for use with ink from one year old. The product must be extremely fresh.
- Make sure the ink bottle that has not been used for a long time is free of sediment, lumps or deposits. Only then apply it.
- The ink inside the pen must not dry out, otherwise it will lead to irreparable consequences. Gum arabic, which is part of the ink, has adhesive properties.Damage can be permanent if ink dries inside the nib.
- An accessory that you are not going to use for more than a couple of days must be rinsed. More precisely, his pen. This will prevent the ink from drying out.
- Keep filler away from sunlight to prevent discoloration and shrinkage.
- Glossy surface does not absorb ink. Therefore, it is not suitable for a fountain pen.
The Parker pen is a stylish accessory for a business person and is not a writing instrument.The ink of this company is instantly absorbed into the paper and retains its saturation for a very long time. They match the design of the pen and do not bleed on the paper. We’ve shown you how to refill your fountain pen with ink – enjoy using this accessory.
How to make pens for pens. Fountain pen repair. Syringe pen
To make it, you will need a sheet of paper of approximately A4 size and a ball rod. You can take not only regular writing paper, but also brown or newsprint (it will take a little more).A trapezoid-shaped blank with a base length of 14-15 cm is cut out of paper. Glue is applied along the base of the blank, a rod is pressed against it. After the glue dries, the rod is tightly twisted into the paper, and the edges of the paper are additionally coated with glue. Cones are formed along the edges of the product. In the lower part, the cone is needed for ease of holding when writing, and the upper part can be trimmed with a clerical knife.
The finished pen can be painted with acrylic paint, which does not dissolve in water after drying.Also, the pen can be pasted over with colored gift paper or scrapbooking paper, as well as a page from a glossy magazine or foil tape. To prevent the paper from rubbing off from constant use, homemade pens are additionally pasted over with transparent tape or varnished.
If you have access to a lathe, you can make an unusual wooden handle body. You will need pieces of wood, metal tubes, a rod, a pen mechanism, glue, and sandpaper.
Do not forget that finishing materials can affect the color of the wood. Therefore, first test them on waste – this will help insure against unforeseen results.
A saw, a machine, vapors of varnishes and adhesives, if used carelessly, can harm your health, so it is important to remember the safety requirements when working with them.
Pen from a syringe
A beautiful stationery can be made from a regular disposable syringe.The tip of the syringe is reamed to the size of the writing unit of the rod. The body is filled with colored gel, rhinestones, sequins. A rod is inserted inside, cut to the size of the syringe body. The piston is filled with glue to fix the rod.
A tourniquet is woven from thick threads, a rod is inserted into the middle. The threads can be taken different in color and structure, the main thing is that they are of the same thickness. The plait is braided very simply: one thread is superimposed on the other from the middle to make a square.You can fix the rod in the bundle with a drop of glue.
To make a pen in the old style, you need to take a large goose or turkey quill. At will, paint it in any color or several at once. The fluff at the base must be cut off and slightly sanded with a soft sandpaper so that the future handle is comfortable to hold. The tip of the pen should be cut off at an angle – it is very hard, and you can write with the resulting nib.
You can also insert a steel feather into the bird’s feather, and mask the joint with decorative material.A feather made in this way will be more durable. And of course, you can insert an ordinary ballpoint into the nib.
It differs from the usual ballpoint pen in that a gel rod is inserted into the prepared flask. The gel pen-aquarium looks original. To create it, you will need a transparent tube with a wooden stopper, sealed at one end (something suitable can be found in a pharmacy or chemical store).
A hole is made in the cork along the diameter of the rod, and the cork can also be painted with acrylic paint.A mixture of water and glycerin is poured into the flask – the more glycerin, the thicker the filler, and the slower the decor will float in the body. We put sparkles, stars, foil fish into the flask, insert the rod into the cork and close the flask tightly (for reliability, you can fix the cork with waterproof glue).
To create it, you need to take a pen and a pencil. Disassemble the pen, cut off a part from the pencil, based on the length of the pen, and insert it into the body of the pen.To adjust the pencil to the diameter of the handle, it must be cut off with a sharp knife and sanded with sandpaper.
Insert the pencil into the body and secure with adhesive tape. Next, we cut the rod and assemble the handle. Now the pencil will always be at hand – on the back of the pen with which you write.
By the way, do not throw away the rest of the pencil, it may still come in handy.
And finally – a pen for spy game lovers
A fountain pen – regular or made yourself – can be filled with invisible ink.It is quite easy to make such ink. The only thing is that you will not be able to pour them into the rod, because they are very liquid.
The most common are three types of invisible ink and three ways to read what is written:
- diluted solution of copper sulphate – hold the paper over ammonia
- lemon juice – heat the paper with an iron or a lamp
- milk – iron the letter with a hot iron.
Nice handle can be bought at any store.But if you are a fan of exclusives and a lover of handicrafts, you can make a one-of-a-kind pen. Self-made stationery will become a unique author’s souvenir for you and your friends.
In my Soviet past, the following clerical tips were used very often. I also shortened the rods, changed the writing nodes of the pens I liked, shaded a misspelled letter or word …
Then I came across these tips in Encyclopedia of Technologies and Techniques
.Let’s read, remember your childhood? 🙂
Make a spring rest for your hand out of the wire, and writing will become much easier. The part of the wire facing the arm is insulated with tape. The stand can be easily removed and put on your hand. Let’s add: this trick does not allow the paper to get greasy when the hand touches the sheet, as a result of which the ballpoint pen is intermittent.
Unscrewing tight parts.
When loosening tightly screwed parts (eg handle bodies), a small piece of abrasive paper can be used.
Adhesive plaster for increasing finger strength.
Dried ball rod.
Take your time to recharge your ballpoint pen just because the surface of the paste on the open side of the refill has dried out and the paste has therefore stopped flowing to the ball. Drop 2-3 drops of acetone into the rod, and then slightly break the crust with a needle – the pen will regain its former performance.
Storage for ballpoint pen refills.
A supply of ballpoint refills can be stored for years in a tube with a tight stopper without fear of the paste drying out.If dried rods are placed in a test tube with fresh rods, they will soon restore their properties.
Alteration of the refill from a ballpoint pen.
If you have a smooth refill for a ballpoint pen, and you need a refill with a spring stop, no problem. Heat the tweezers and use the tips to make two pinches on the rod.
How to thread the refill of a ballpoint pen.
You can recharge your favorite ballpoint pen like this: remove the writing unit from the full rod.The rod is inserted into the channel of a disposable ballpoint pen or into an empty rod and a thin wire is passed through its entire length until it stops in the ball. Then the structure is placed vertically and after a few hours the empty pen or rod will be filled with paste.
Short ball rod.
When you need to recharge a ballpoint pen, and instead of the required 107 millimeter nib, there is only an 82 millimeter knot, cut a 32 millimeter segment from the old knot and place it on a short knot.Now you can safely insert the knot composed in this way from two parts into your fountain pen.
Treatment of staining rod.
After repeated threading of the ballpoint pen, the gap between the edges of the pen and the ball increases and the pen begins to write worse – it gets dirty. This defect will disappear if the end of the rod is squeezed. The simplest “crimp” can be a pushpin stuck into a tree. Place the end of the tilted bar in the corner of the button cutout and rotate it while applying slight pressure.
To prevent the handle from leaking.
In imported ballpoint pens (Hungarian “Pax”, American “Parker”), the branded large-volume writing unit can be replaced with a domestic one. It is shortened from the back side by 23 mm, the back part 25-30 mm long is cut off from the used node and a new writing unit with a total length of 98 mm is assembled.
Flawless pen ink.
If a fountain pen gets clogged and refuses, it is most often not about it, but about the ink.Having bought a bottle of ink, you need to filter it through a layer of filter paper and then add a teaspoon of alcohol (you can use denatured alcohol or cologne). With this ink, the pen will write flawlessly.
Use this tip when you need to refill the fountain pen with ink. A scrap of paper will keep your hands clean and then serve as a cleaning material.
Refilling of used markers.
Used markers will still work if refilled with ink.To prevent the ink from drying out, you need to store the markers without access to air, for example, in a vessel with water. Just check if the caps fit well enough to the body.
(True, this advice is not entirely to my liking – the ink dries and gets dirty. I refilled the markers with plain ink of different colors. You just need to let them drain well – and use it for health!).
Multicolor ballpoint pen with pencil.
In the multicolor ballpoint pen, one of the refills can be replaced with a pencil.From the used rod, you need to pull out the writing unit and insert a piece of lead 10-15 mm long in its place.
Scraper for graphic and retouching works.
A handy scraper for graphic and retouching work can be made from a collet pencil and a piece of trapezoidal blade clamped in the collet. The number of jaws of the collet should be even; with an odd number, the blade will bend slightly.
A match instead of a poster pen.
Those who need to write a headline or announcement in large letters may be advised to write with a match inserted in a collet pencil.
A slice of multi-notch eraser clipped into an old brush makes the perfect poster pen.
Graphic designers are often a fountain pen with multi-colored ink and ink for art posters and murals. After working with such a pen for a long time, the pen begins to scratch and cling to the paper. To correct this defect, take a small piece of fine-grained sandpaper – “zero”, and on it with pressure (not more than required for writing), make a dozen or two circular movements with a fountain pen.The nib will sand and write well. Save the sandpaper, it will come in handy more than once.
Protection of steel nibs.
All writers are well aware of how quickly steel nibs are eaten away by ink and deteriorate, even when thoroughly wiped after each use. Meanwhile, there is a very simple way to preserve feathers for a long time. Before use, new feathers are immersed in a solution of copper sulfate for half an hour; then they are taken out so that they remain damp and allowed to dry.Steel parts and nibs treated in this way will not rust or corrode inks.
In addition to this method, there is another, extremely simple method of long-term preservation of steel nibs, consisting in the fact that after writing the pen is stuck into a raw potato and left there until the next use. Alkaline potato juice weakens the oxidizing effect of ink on the nib and completely protects the latter from damage.
Remove blots from drawing.
To remove the blot from the drawing, erase it with an ink eraser, shade this place with a soft pencil and draw a line again.Ink does not blur on graphite. Once dry, wipe off the pencil with a soft eraser.
Removing ink from the drawing.
You can remove ink from the drawing in this way: clean the defective place with fine sandpaper, and then with the thinnest sandpaper – “zero”. Then wipe with an eraser and polish with a smooth, hard object. At the same time, the paper fully retains its drawing qualities.
Cleaning the ink with a glass shard.
It is much better to clean ink on a drawing with a glass shard from a burned-out light bulb than with a razor blade.
How to remove greasy stains on paper.
Burnt magnesia is mixed with just enough pure gasoline to form a granular mass. With a small amount of this mass, gently rub the greasy spot with your finger, then remove small grains of magnesia from the paper. Fresh grease stains usually disappear immediately, and old grease stains are removed with repeated rubbing.
Clean line removal.
With a small piece of rubber, clamped in the drawing pen, it is easy to remove the pencil line from the drawing, without touching another, close to it.
Taken from the section, “Encyclopedia of Technologies and Techniques” Patlakh V.V. 1993-2007
Many modern people prefer to use ballpoint pens, but there are those who still prefer the elegance, clarity and personal style of fountain pens. Instead of a ball, a sharp nib is installed at the end of such a pen, leaving behind lines of varying thickness, depending on the pressure on the pen, the writing speed and the direction of specific strokes. Plus, the fountain pen can be refilled with ink multiple times, so it can last a lifetime.However, fountain pens are used in a slightly different way from ballpoint pens. Once you learn the proper writing technique, you will find it much easier to write with a fountain pen.
How to write with a fountain pen
Grip the handle correctly.
Remove the cap from the handle and hold it in your main hand, gently squeezing it between your thumb and forefinger. In this case, the body of the handle should rest on the middle finger. Use the rest of your fingers to rest on the paper to stabilize your hand.
Place the nib of the pen on the paper.
This may sound simple enough to do, but the design of a fountain pen is somewhat more complex than that of a ballpoint pen. Because of the pointed nib, instead of the ball at the end, the pen must be properly applied to the paper so that it can write. This is the so-called optimal position.
Hold the handle firmly.
When writing, there are two ways to control the pen: with your fingers or your hand in general.When you work with a ballpoint pen, it is quite possible to do with only your fingers, since thanks to the ball, the pen will write in any position. But the fountain pen needs to be controlled with the whole hand so as not to miss the optimal position. Therefore, use the recommendations below.
- With the pen in your hand, keep your fingers and wrist still, using your entire hand while writing to move the pen. Practice writing in the air first and then on paper to gradually get used to writing with your whole hand.
Press lightly on the pen while writing.
You do not need to apply too much pressure to the fountain pen, however, you should apply some pressure to the pen to draw ink into it. Press down gently on the nib and start practicing writing with the fountain pen.
How to fill a fountain pen with ink
Define the type of fountain pen.
Today, there are three types of fountain pens on sale: with cartridges, converters and an integrated piston system.The difference between the two lies in the ink supply system and the way the pen is filled with ink when it runs out.
- Cartridge fountain pens are currently the most common fountain pens as they are easiest to change. To write with this type of pen, you will need to buy off-the-shelf ink cartridges and periodically replace them in the pen when ink runs out.
- Converter pens are equipped with a refillable cartridge that fits inside. They are perfect for you if you don’t mind refilling the ink cartridge yourself every time they run out.
- Piston handles are similar to converter handles, except that they have a built-in refueling system, so you do not have to replace the refillable cartridge with a converter, purchased separately.
Replace the fountain pen cartridge.
First remove or unscrew the cap from the handle, then unscrew its body. Take out the empty cartridge from the inside. Then follow the steps below with the new cartridge.
Fill the piston handle. Remove the pen cap and, if necessary, the extra cap on the back end of the pen that covers the piston mechanism. Rotate the plunger adjuster (usually counterclockwise) so that the plunger is at the nib of the pen. Then follow the steps below.
- Dip the nib completely into the ink jar so that the ink hides the hole in the base of the nib.
- Begin to turn the plunger clockwise to draw ink into the pen.
- When the ink bottle is full, remove the pen from the ink bottle. Rotate the plunger a little counterclockwise again to let a few drops of ink back into the jar. This will allow you to get rid of air bubbles.
- Wipe the ink off the nib with a tissue.
Fill the converter handle.
Fountain pen converters are of two types: piston-operated or pipette-filled. To refill a pen with a pipette system, remove the cap from the pen, unscrew its barrel, dip the pen in ink, and then follow the steps below.
- Slowly push down on the ink reservoir and wait for air bubbles to appear on the ink surface.
- Slowly release the ink reservoir and wait for it to fill with ink.
- Repeat these steps until the reservoir is full.
Choose the right nib for your everyday writing.
There are many different types of ink fountain pens that are designed to be used in a variety of situations and to create a variety of effects.For daily writing, opt for:
- feather with a rounded end, leaving behind uniform lines;
- small pen, writing in thin lines;
- A stiff nib that extends slightly to the sides so it won’t break under pressure when you press on it in an attempt to create bolder lines.
Select nibs for decorative writing.
For decorative or calligraphic handwriting, you cannot use the pens used for everyday writing.Instead, opt for one of the options below.
How to use pen nibs correctly
A fountain pen is always more than just a pen, it is a loyal companion who follows you everywhere when you make a to-do list for today, cross out completed items from a work plan, write down the phone number of a beautiful girl you just met. signing a greeting card or business documents. On our website you can purchase an original one.A fountain pen is always treated differently – it is not at all the same as a simple ballpoint pen.
, which can be thrown away if it breaks.
Fountain pen is like Zippo lighter
– it fits comfortably in the hand and nicely pulls off the pocket. If your loved one breaks down, you will first think about the possibility of repair, not replacement.
Usually, experienced fountain pen owners know all about how to handle their pen, how to care for it, how to tidy it up if something happens to it.So our article is primarily addressed to beginners who are faced with an important problem for the first time. Why Fountain Pen
may require repair? After all, any Parker product is reliable and designed for centuries! Most often, it is precisely the repair of a pen that is bent as a result of a fall is required. Nobody is insured against accidents! So, the pen is bent, and this is not a cause for panic. What to do in such cases?
There are three ways to deal with the problem.
Method one, official
Contact the authorized service center.The Parker brand has official services in Russia. If there is such a service center in your city, consider that the problem has already been solved – specialists will be able to cope with almost any damage. As a last resort, a bent nib is easier to replace than trying to repair it. The main advantage of contacting a service center is the high-quality service that will be provided to you there. Typically, branded services employ professionals who already have experience in solving such problems. A significant disadvantage is the high cost of services.If we are talking about a cheap pen, it is easier to buy a new one or try to fix the situation with more affordable means first. And if you do not live in the capital, chances are high that your city simply does not have an official service center. Then you will inevitably have to look for other options.
Method two, available
A jewelry workshop can help out if there is no service center in your city, or the specialists have asked for too high a fee for their services.There are jewelry workshops of different levels in any city. Jewelry tools are quite suitable for repairing a gold feather, and a good master probably has the necessary skills. It would seem that this method has no drawbacks – and it is easier to find a jeweler, and the cost of work will be much lower than in the service. However, it is still worth considering the choice of the master very carefully. This should be a good specialist, ideally, already having experience in such work. Otherwise, you will have to again. Keep in mind that the cost of repairs from a jeweler can be up to 50% of the cost of the pen itself, so think about it: maybe the repair does not make sense at all, unless the pen is dear to you as a memory?
Method three, do it yourself
This method is suitable for fearless fountain pen owners who are not afraid to ruin their favorite thing completely.If you can learn to correct a bent nib yourself, you will be able to apply your skills more than once in the future.
The main difficulty in self-repair is removing the pen from the pen. It all depends on the model – you can remove the pen from some pens in no time, with others you need to tinker and find out exactly how this is done so as not to break the pen. Of course, when you are going, you will not be interested in how easily the pen is removed, and even more so you will not foresee that after a while you may need repairs.Therefore, you will have to comprehend the theory in practice. In some cases, repairs can be carried out without removing the pen.
There are two ways to straighten a bent feather at home using available tools. Experienced fountain pen owners advise using ordinary chopsticks. The first repair method is as follows: place the pen on a hard surface (a rubber or silicone mat on which the pen will not slip is ideal), and then gently iron the bent part with the sharp end of the stick until you achieve the desired result.The second method is only used if you have removed the nib from the pen. Put a chopstick on the table in front of you, place a feather on its surface, placing it lengthwise, with the tip towards the sharp end of the chopstick. The nib should fit as tightly as possible to the surface of the stick. Then take a second stick and gently smooth out the damaged area, as in the first method. Chopsticks are ideal for this type of repair because they are tough enough to repair damage without scratching the nib.The choice of sticks also matters – it is best to choose not round, but slightly ribbed sticks, the narrowing of which has a rectangular shape.
If you think your is a Parker pen
is not valuable enough to contact a service or a jeweler, try to fix the damage yourself. If you succeed, it will give you valuable experience that may come in handy in the future. As a last resort, you can always get a new pen and try to handle it more carefully.You can also buy Zippo lighter
and practice refueling it yourself.
do it yourself.
“Nowadays very few people write by hand. The age of computers, mobile phones and other gadgets seems to have completely atrophied the ability to write with a pen. All the more beautiful. Even more so – with a pen. This is why calligraphy skills are becoming a valuable skill.
Imagine how pleasant it is for your loved one to receive a postcard written in a special font, and even by hand.You can purchase a fountain pen from an art store. But the above product is rare. It’s not just about firms and types of metal nibs.
We would like to bring to your attention the most ancient natural writing instrument – kalam (or kalam). It was used by the ancient Persians and Indians. You will get it absolutely free if there is a reed growing in your area.
Interesting? Well, then be patient and go after the reeds.
Late autumn is a good time.At this time, he fully matures. Green doesn’t suit us.
Leaves must be removed from the quarry. Dry for a couple of days.
Ready? Take a sharp knife. A penny’s enough. Cut one segment first.
Measure a thumb-length from the edge.
Very carefully, without showing force, cut off one layer of the stem by half the diameter.
Cut again at an angle of about 30 degrees, backing off a little.
Then we make the cut angle even sharper.
Gives the appearance of a wide, flat feather.
Cut off its tip so that it is even. Like this.
We clean up all the irregularities. Then turn the pen over and cut off the layer, stepping back 1.5 mm at an angle of about 45 degrees.
It is best to do this on a table or any other convenient flat support. The finishing touch. Be careful. You need to make an incision right in the middle of the feather.
But first, so that the crack does not go along the entire reed, it is necessary to make a small hole. Ideally, a thin drill is used. But you can pierce with an awl.
Kalam is ready. Now you need mascara or ink. If you succeed, you can try to replicate the famous fonts of the Middle Ages. But this is optional. Try to write a few letters and you might get your own font.
With the help of kalam and ink, you can beautifully sign a postcard, a note for a gift, the packaging itself.And what are the possibilities in the decor … Good luck! ”
Thanks to Dmitry! I’d like to add that I saw a scribe with a calligraphic pen at the Medieval Festival in Spain. It cost him 3 euros to write a name beautifully on a prepared sheet .