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How do you clean a Sheaffer Calligraphy Pen?
Posted 07 July 2008 - 23:32
Posted 08 July 2008 - 02:35
Posted 08 July 2008 - 14:12
I agree with my colleagues above. For practical purposes - since you're dealing with a new pen that's unlikely to need "aggressive" cleaning - these techniques should work very well.
You might want to know, though, that there are other options. In cases where the normal procedures may not be adequate (e.g., dried ink clogs), you can also try the following:
1. Rubber ear syringe (inexpensive and readily available at pharmacies): unscrew the section, remove the old cartridge and fit the end of the syringe over the cartridge-piercing nipple protruding from the back of the section. Immerse the section partway in cool water - submerge the nib completely - and squeeze the bulb of the syringe to draw water in and out. Repeat until there's no more ink emerging from the nib.
2. Ultrasonic jewelry-type cleaner (you'll find specific recommendations for designs elsewhere on the site, if you search "ultrasonic"): remove the old cartridge and plop the section into the cleaner. Run the cleaning cycle once or twice, until there's no more ink emerging from the nib and/or nipple end. I usually follow such a cleaning with a quick ear-syringe flush, as described above.
Note, also, that a weak solution of ammonia (maybe 1 part ammonia in 10 parts water) can be used with either technique; you would want to follow the ammonia-solution treatment with a plain-water flush.
I realize that this is almost certainly overkill in the case of this pen, but one never knows: sometimes calligraphy pens sit idle for long stretches, entailing a risk of ink drying out in the pen. So it's good to know that there are other cleaning methods available to you, should you happen to need them.
Edited by Univer, 08 July 2008 - 14:13.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 14:45
...and it really, really works, especially with the ammonia solution.
Posted 10 July 2008 - 00:17
Edited by wednesday_mac, 10 July 2008 - 00:18.