Getting the ink flowing in a new fountain pen


Following customer feedback and some reports of ink leakage in transit, we have decided to supply the fountain pen without the ink cartridge inserted.

To insert the ink cartridge and get the ink flowing, please follow these instructions carefully.

  1. Unscrew where the nib sections meets the wood.
  2. Insert the ink cartridge into the open nib section pushing down until you hear a click.
  3. When the cartridge is inserted give it a few light squeezes and then shake the pen nib facing downwards until you get a few drops of ink flowing. The pen should now start writing for you. Do a few test writings at this stage.

In most cases, once you insert a cartridge and start writing you will get ink flow very quickly and without any problems. Here are a few tips to note:

  • Make sure you have an ink cartridge properly seated inside the body of the pen so that the seal on the ink is broken and it can flow. Press the cartridge firmly into the nib unit.
  • Hold the pen vertical and tap the nib onto a piece of scrap paper – this can help gravity do its work on pulling down the ink.
  • The ink actually flows due to a capillary action as the two halves of the nib at the point are pushed apart when you press it onto the paper.   It can help to start the ink flow if you hold the pen at a normal writing angle and press down harder than normal (just in one place, not trying to write) so you can see a small gap along the split in the nib. Repeat this a few times until you can see the ink coming down the gap.
  • Run the end of the nib under warm water to help start the ink flow (make sure it is done somewhere that the ink will not cause any damage and have some paper towel ready to wipe off the nib when the ink starts flowing.)

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