Hello Fountain Pen Network,
My Visconti Opera Master Crystal has been stained by my favorite black ink, Noodler's Black. The stain is cosmetic only and does not affect the beautiful performance of this wonderful fountain pen. I have tried several recommended safe methods of removing the stain. The stain location is within the demonstrator ink reservoir. The heaviest stain is located behind the piston and along the etched lines. The flushing and soaking has helped very little. The stain does seem a shade lighter and I am able to see a metal ring more clearly. I am open to any and all safe suggestions. Noodler's Black has been the only ink used in this pen. I have only owned this pen for a couple of months. The ink has never dried in the pen. The ink may have attached itself to some soap residue. My second bottle of Noodler's Black may be old stock. I now use Waterman Serenity Blue in this fountain pen. Maybe, given enough time, the black stain will fade away. The methods I have tried are listed below.
I have tried overnight soakings with the following:
1. Distilled Water
2. Goulet Pen Flush
3. Mix of 10% Household Bleach & 90% Distilled Water
4) Dawn & Distilled Water.
Methods I contemplate using:
1. Purchasing an Ultrasonic Cleaner
2. Sending the pen to Visconti for cleaning
3. Selling this pen to someone who does not mind the stain and purchasing a new one (last option only)
Thank you for your support.
The following pictures represent the current status of the stain for Saturday, April 19th:
Edited by Nibbage, 19 April 2014 - 23:52.