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#1 sargetalon

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 13:24

Sorry if this has been asked before but I could not find it. I have a yellow pilot vanishing point which I love. I'm using Aurora black ink in it and started off using the Con-50 converter that came with the pen. I have no problem flushing the pen using this device and understand the process well.

I bought a Con-20 which I'm now using and am not sure if the flushing process is the same. Should I flush with the Con-20? Can doing so wear out the mechanism in the converter? Should I switch out and use the con-50 when flushing? I'm interested to hear what others are doing. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 13:52

Actually, I would guess that the Con-20 is the more durable converter. But really, you can just flush with whichever converter is mounted in the pen. Even on the outside chance that a converter fails, each type is widely available and dirt cheap.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 14:06

Thanks for the info. I thought that I was probably being too paranoid but I'm new to much of this and didn't want to ruin anything.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:59

I bought a Con-20 with my VP, but I have yet to use it because it didn't seem to fit particularly well. It seems too small for the VP.

Am I missing something?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:41

Fits perfectly in mine. Not sure what you're experiencing. Have any pics to illustrate?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:59

I'm not quite sure if I can convey it in a photo, but here's 30 seconds of YouTube footage showing it:



It's probably fine, but I figured it a good idea to ask before staining a shirt.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 13:14

I think you might just need to press it in harder. It takes a bit of oooph.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 14:23

I think you might just need to press it in harder. It takes a bit of oooph.


That seems to have done the trick.

Pro Tip: Don't press the "squeeze" part when giving it a bit of oomph.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 15:13


I think you might just need to press it in harder. It takes a bit of oooph.


That seems to have done the trick.

Pro Tip: Don't press the "squeeze" part when giving it a bit of oomph.


Quite right: you have to use a bit of force with the VP. It still makes me nervous after so many years.

#10 KrazyIvan

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 15:59

I flush mine as normal but find ink still trapped inside it. I modified my approach to cleaning it. I remove it from the pen and use an ink syringe to "power wash" it out. I then fill it about half way and cover it with my thumb and shake it really well. That seems to clean it up well enough.