How to Fill a Fountain Pen With an Ink Bottle and Ink Converter
Please avoid dipping the pigtails of the girl in the desk in front of you.
This process might take a little practice to streamline, but once you master the routine it becomes a fun nostalgic experience. Before typewriters or computers, this could have been part of your everyday writing protocol.
Make sure to have a few paper towels near by and a place-mat under your working area (a few sheets of paper will suffice.)
1. Gently unscrew the barrel from the nib by twisting the barrel counter clockwise. It will typically remove right above the hand grip connected to the nib providing you a place to hold to secure the pen while twisting.
2. Make sure the internal ink converter is securely attached to the nib. Give the converter a snug push and twist, making sure the seal is airtight.
3. Analyze the converter to see if it is a piston or plunger driven ink mechanism. Piston converters will have a sliding protrusion that allows you to move the piston up and down in the ink cylinder. A plunger will be moved up and down with a twisting motion at the top of the converter.
4. Hold the pen straight upwards at 90 degrees from your table. Submerge the nib into your ink and slowly twist/pull the ink up into the converter.
QUICK TIP: If you aren't seeing ink traveling up into the converter cylinder when you are twisting, dip the nib deeper into the ink. Under the nib you will see the "feed". If the feed is not fully submerged in the ink, sometimes it is possible for air to escape out the side of the feed, prohibiting the converter from pulling the vacuum it needs to draw the ink into the cylinder.
5. Next, slowly expel the ink out of the converter by twisting/pulling in the opposite direction. You will be expelling the ink you just drew into the converter, but this will help to also expel air bubbles that could inhibit ink flow, potentially causing inconsistency.
6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 once or twice to your preference before drawing the ink into the converter and leaving it in the chamber. There may be a small empty area (air) right below the piston or plunger; this will not hinder your use.
7. Once you have a full converter, use your paper towel to wipe of excess ink that remains on your nib.
8. Last, twist your barrel back onto the nib and start writing!
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