Fountain Pen FAQ - Tips for Using a Fountain Pen

Fountain Pen FAQ - Tips for Using a Fountain Pen

Here are some more handy hints and tips for using fountain pens. If you are looking to get started, you might prefer to read our instructions for using a fountain pen

Question:
How often and how should you clean fountain pens?

Answer:
For pens that are in regular use, cleaning is recommended every couple of months. If pens aren’t cleaned, little bits of dust can clog up the nib causing the pen to skip.
There are many ways to clean fountain pens and several schools of thought on how to clean fountain pens properly. A very simple way to clean a fountain pen is to unscrew the pen and rinse the parts in a bowl of cold water. To do this, first flush out the nib by drawing water into and out of the ink converter (while it is attached to the pen). Then soak all the parts in water for up to about 30 minutes. Finally, lay the parts out on a paper towel and let dry at room temperature for a couple of days.

More advanced fountain pen cleaning will depend on what kinds of pens you are cleaning (some pens have small parts that can be taken off and reattached). It may also involve the use of special fountain pen cleaning solutions. Grease can also be applied to moving parts of the pen.

Question:
What kinds of ink are suitable for use in fountain pens?

Answer:
We recommend only using fountain pen inks (inks that dry to a water resistant finish such as India Ink are generally not suitable for fountain pens).
When the pen is not being used, water resistant inks can clog the pen by drying out (the dried bits won't dissolve in water if the ink is a water-resistant ink). We therefore recommend only using fountain pen inks such as Pilot Ink