Store your pens in a cool, dry place, and avoid any location subject to extremes of hot or cold or that are exposed to direct sunlight. With a little careful care, your fountain pen can be kept safe and ready for a return to service even when not in everyday use.
Do you store fountain pens up or down?
Fountain Pen Storage Basics: Nib Up or Down
A fountain pen should never be stored vertically with the nib facing downwards. Gravity will pull the ink towards the feeder and nib, causing it to pool in the feeder, clog the nib, and leak through the nib into the cap.
Can you leave the ink in a calligraphy pen?
So yes, modern IG inks are quite safe, generally speaking. But you have to take care that they don’t sit around unused and dry in the pen. i’ve left ink in pens for 2 months without use. they usually don’t start up immediately, but they clean out just fine.
How do you store nibs?
How to Apply Pressure to Calligraphy Nibs
Never Allow Moisture to Enter the Pen. If you want your nibs to stay usable for months to come, try to avoid rust and caked-on ink.
Clean Off Your Nib Regularly During and After Use. As I mentioned above, it’s important to clean off your nib every so often as you write.
How do you clean nibs after use?
How do you get dried ink out of nibs?
If you think your fountain pen dried out because of clogging, the first step is to try flushing it with warm water. The best way to do this is by unscrewing the pen, removing the cartridge and pouring warm water into the feed and through the nib to flush out any hardened ink or sediment.
Can you clean a fountain pen with alcohol?
Never use rubbing alcohol to clean any part of your fountain pens. Rubbing alcohol is a harsh chemical that can eat at, and ruin, your delicate fountain pens. If you need to clean out some tough stains use a small amount of Pen Flush.
How do you revive a deceased pen?
How do you get the ink to flow in a calligraphy pen?
Ensure the cartridge is pushed firmly up into place. To encourage ink to come down to the nib: hold pen vertically with the tip of the nib pointing down over scrap paper and tap the tip of the nib repeatedly on the paper for up to 25 seconds until the ink comes through.
What are the best calligraphy pens for beginners?
Best Beginner Calligraphy Pens
Pilot Parallel Pen. By Pilot.
Plotube Wooden Pen Calligraphy Set. By Plotube.
Dryden Luxury Bamboo Fountain Pen. By Dryden Designs.
Duke Sapphire Fude Pen. By Lanxivi.
Wordsworth & Black Fountain Pen Set. By Wordsworth & Black.
Sheaffer Viewpoint Calligraphy Pen. By Sheaffer.
What is a piston filler for a calligraphy pen?
A piston–filler has a built-in reservoir that allows the pen to be filled by dipping the nib and gripping section directly into an ink bottle while twisting the piston knob at the end of the barrel.
Why is no ink coming out of my fountain pen?
The ink cartridge has a seal that must be broken to allow the ink to release into the feed. If this has not been broken the ink will not flow. Try “priming” the ink. With the nib downward squeeze the ink cartridge forcing ink through the pen.
What is NIB creep?
nib creep The spontaneous accumulation of ink on the top surface of a nib; the ink is said to “creep” up out of the slit.
How long do fountain pens last?
Properly maintained, a fountain pen will last for decades. It will still be usable long after you or I are deceased. I have pens which are 80 and 90 years old that work perfectly.
Why do ink pens stop working?
Ballpoint and rollerball pens are designed to keep air out from the ink cartridge. Additionally, ballpoint pens can stop working because the ink left in the ball when unused has been exposed to air and as a result clogged. Both issues can be fixed rather easily however so you can get your pen to start working again.
What to do when pens dont work?
Hold the tip of the pen to a flame for a few seconds to unclog the ink. Use a lighter, match, or candle to create a flame, then place just the very tip of your pen in the flame for a few seconds. In many cases, the heat will melt any gummed-up ink near the tip and get the pen working again.
How do you fix a pen that won’t click?
Hold the pen top and refill in your hand and operate the click mechanism. If the problem is in this part of the pen you will probably have to dissemble the top of the pen. This is difficult. You will probably have to use the coupler to engage the threads in the bushing and carefully work it out.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.