Why should a fountain pen be cleaned?
The subject of how to mend a damaged a nib is one of the repair queries that we are asked the most often. We often discover that the problem is simply that the fountain pen needs to be cleaned, but our clients are sometimes hesitant about cleaning it on their own. With any luck, following our cleaning instructions, which is broken down into steps, may make the task seem less intimidating.
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How can you tell whether this is the cause of the issue? Scratchiness, skipping, and sluggish or irregular ink flow are three of the most common signs that a pen is dirty and needs to be cleaned. Even though your fountain pen is working OK at the moment, you should nevertheless clean it every four to eight weeks in order to prevent difficulties in the long run.
A Guide to Cleaning Your Fountain Pen in Step-by-Step Form
Take out the cartridge or converter from the inside of your pen with extreme caution.
After that, we would suggest using cold tap water to cleanse the nib and gripping portion of the pen. This should be done many times. When trying to clean your pen, please do not use any kind of solvent since doing so may cause the nib to become permanently damaged.
If your pen has a converter that is built in, you should flush the nib by pouring cold water up through the nib and pressing the water out. This is only necessary if your pen has a built-in converter. in the same manner as you would typically fill from your ink bottle.
After you have completed the steps above, remove any liquid that may be stuck in the nib by gently blowing air through the assembly of the nib.
After that, use a soft cloth or paper towel to dry the nib and the portion that grips the pen.
If you believe that the actions described above have not been successful, either repeat the procedures described above or go to the next stage.
If you feel that there is more dried ink in your nib, which causes it to clog when you attempt to write, we would suggest removing the nib portion of your pen off gently, putting it in a glass of clean water, and letting it soak for the night. After that, you may try writing again.
Put a piece of kitchen roll in the bottom of the glass to lay the nib on, and then make sure the water level is high enough so the nib is totally submerged.
The next morning, give the nib a gentle washing in lukewarm water, and continue doing so until the water becomes clear.
As in the previous step, blow gently into the nib assembly to expel any surplus water.
After that, you should next use a paper towel or a gentle cloth to dry the nib and the portion where you grasp the pen.
You may now replace the existing ink cartridge with a fresh one or insert an ink converter into the front end of the printer.
How to Properly Put Away Your Pen
When the pen is not being used, the writing tip of the nib should be kept up so that the ink may flow into either the converter or the cartridge. Although doing so goes against your natural tendency, doing so may help prevent the nib from drying out or becoming clogged.
When you store your pen in a pen case or bag, it will not only prevent the finish from being scratched but will also keep the pen looking like new.
When you are not using your pen while flying, be sure to keep it with the writing tip facing upward. Before the flight, either make sure that a full cartridge or converter is inserted, or remove the one that is already there and replace it with a new one.
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