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#1 kywildcats

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:08

So I am new to the world of fountain pens. I bought a Nemosine Singularity Demonstrator and fell in love with fountains pens about 3 seconds after writing with it. I discover gouletpens.com thanks to this site and order some Noodler's ink and joined the ink drop.

I got my ink in the mail and have been trying to hurry and finish using the cartridge that I put in my pen when I first got it. Well I finished it off about an hour ago. I cleaned my pen and tried to get ink out of the sample vials but the nib is to large for the converter to work properly. It doesn't draw any ink up. I wasn't completely heartbroken because I just put some Noodler's Dragon Napalm in it but I now need to find a pen to use with my samples.

So the point of all of ^^that^^ is to ask you all what pen you use to get the ink out of the vials. I have been looking at Lamy Safaris, Vista, and the Al Stars. Would those work to get the ink?


Thanks in advance for all the help.

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#2 Cognaticrotty

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:55

You could try a sheaffer snorkel, makes it easier to get it all out.. Or, get an empty Mont Blanc bottle and fill it from there
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:03

So I am new to the world of fountain pens. I bought a Nemosine Singularity Demonstrator and fell in love with fountains pens about 3 seconds after writing with it.


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So the point of all of ^^that^^ is to ask you all what pen you use to get the ink out of the vials.


My solution depends not on a pen but on technique. I take the converter off the pen and either insert the converter into the ink vial, sucking it up directly, or I use a blunt-nosed syringe (Goulet carries them) to suck up the ink and fill the converter. Then I carefully put the converter back into the pen.

After one does this there is a short wait (length varies with which pen, which ink) for the ink to make its way down through the feed and into the nib, but it gets the job done.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:24

I pour some ink into the cap of the sample vial, and then draw it up directly with the converter. Then I fix the convertor onto the section and turn the knob to push some ink into the feed.

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#5 mAnuscript69

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 13:19

With larger nibs you can try tipping the vial horizontally as you fill the pen (it takes some dexterity; watch the ink!). Make sure to keep the feed pointing down and you should be able to fill from the vial till the last couple of drops.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 13:29

You can use a syringe to refill a cartridge.

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#7 kywildcats

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 18:12

Awesome. Thank you for all of the quick replies. I didn't know you could fill the converter directly so that is probably what I'll do.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 19:57

You'll get a little ink on your fingers, but sucking it straight into the converter and then putting it in the pen is really the only way to get the ink out of those ink drop vials into a Singularity without a syringe. I'd rather deal with a bit of ink on my fingers than clean an extra piece of equipment, personally, so that's how I fill mine. First time, I didn't notice it wasn't sucking any ink, and wrote for longer than I expected with just the ink in the feed, though!

I fill my Lamys that way, too, even though with a full Ink Drop vial, it's possible not to, unlike with the Singularity. Just don't fill the converter entirely - pull it out before it's completely full and then suck a bit of air into it, else you'll get ink in the inside of your pen where it's not supposed to be when you put the converter in, since the Lamy converters don't have the little ball in them like the one for the Singularity. It's especially noticeable if you've got a Vista...
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:42

Thanks for the info bemyhorcrux. You just saved me from making a big mess. Also, I had been wondering what that little ball was for in the Singularity converter and you just answered that for me.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 23:44

Well, I don't *know* that's what the ball's original intended purpose is, only that it's something that it also happens to do. Maybe they expect you to use ink that needs to be shaken? Or maybe there's some other reason they don't want you to fill the converter all the way?
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