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#1 devilmanan98

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 16:06



I need to know how to clean fountain pens so please help me

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 18:52

Well what I do is run warm water through the nib and convertor assembly until it runs clear. I don't let pens sit for any length of time inked so there generally isn't any build up in the fins of the nib itself. However, if it is an older pen that has been sitting around inked you can soak it and then very gently use a soft toothbrush to clean the fins of the nib.

I then clean the barrel and cap using a q-tip and warm water.

Make sure that everything is dry then re-assemble the pen.

This usually cleans everything up and keeps the pen nice for storage.

Hope this helps.
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#3 BillTheEditor

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 19:07

Start with this article: http://www.richardsp...or/20030815.htm . If you are new to fountain pens, spend some time looking around Richard's "Reference" information. He may save you a lot of grief.

Do not use warm or hot water. Many older pens use shellac or another similar temperature-sensitive adhesive to attach the sac to the section or to hold nib and hood assemblies together, and hot or warm water may soften these when you didn't intend to take them apart.

Casein (a type of plastic) and hard rubber do undesireable things when in contact with water. Know what you are working on!

Edited by BillTheEditor, 01 December 2008 - 19:12.


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Posted 01 December 2008 - 19:09

This probably belongs in the Repair Q&A or Writing Instruments sub forum.

In any case, I second Bill's reference in addition to visiting the "Reference Info" section of Richard's website (I can't link directly there--some weird encoding issue).

Edited by MYU, 01 December 2008 - 19:14.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 19:15

QUOTE (BillTheEditor @ Dec 1 2008, 07:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Start with this article: http://www.richardsp...or/20030815.htm . If you are new to fountain pens, spend some time looking around Richard's "Reference" information. He may save you a lot of grief.

Do not use warm or hot water. Many older pens use shellac or another similar temperature-sensitive adhesive to attach the sac to the section or to hold nib and hood assemblies together, and hot or warm water may soften these when you didn't intend to take them apart.

Casein (a type of plastic) and hard rubber do undesireable things when in contact with water. Know what you are working on!



Excellent link. I'll have to remember to use floss on the nib fins.
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 21:27

I clean the converter and nib/section separately. I clean the converter by flushing and reflushing until the water comes out clear. I flush the nib/section using a ear syringe (smaller size). I then let them dry overnight before refilling.
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Posted 02 December 2008 - 02:15

If I can, I like to take the whole thing apart. Most pens I own, the collector pops right out. I feel very insecure about how clean a pen is if I can’t take it apart.
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Posted 02 December 2008 - 03:50

Just adding that I use distilled water - probably overkill, just like pen (ha!). Two gelatin dishes. I fill one with water that I pull from using the converter and then the bulb syringe, expelling into the empy dish.
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Posted 05 December 2008 - 08:17



Well I am really new to fountain pens . I am in 5th standard and have jus started wit these pens .

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 15:39

QUOTE (RayMan @ Dec 1 2008, 10:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I clean the converter and nib/section separately. I clean the converter by flushing and reflushing until the water comes out clear. I flush the nib/section using a ear syringe (smaller size). I then let them dry overnight before refilling.


I basically do the same but only let dry if is for storage. If the pen is to be refilled, I just do almost immediately.

Edited by Ondina, 05 December 2008 - 15:39.


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Posted 05 December 2008 - 17:18

Sorta already been said above, but still....
(1) I don't have any vintage pens, so I just fill and empty the pen with warm (but not hot) tap water, usually up to 10 times until the water is colourless.
(2) I then repeat a few times with distilled (Brita filtered) water.
(3) Since I have my pens (all 10) all filled and write with them almost every day, I don't every need to clean fully. Clean fully only if you have a pen 1-100% filed with ink but never use it for months.
(4) w/a leave the pen filled with water overnight. Ditto, w/a use an ultrasonication.
(5) Some companies "offer" a cleaning" solution etc, e.g. MB. Never tried it out yet.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 11:51

I live in india and here we dont have montblanc , noodlers , waterman , shaeffer and others . Here we have chelpark , camel , parker mainly . And the inks in india are very cheap compared to the ones which you use . One $ = 50 rupees . And we get 60 ml ink (chelpark) - Rs. 15 . We get fountain pen of Rs.30 (a very good one ) . the cheapest fountain pen is of Rs. 2 !!!!

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 21:11

Well what I do is run warm water through the nib and convertor assembly until it runs clear. I don't let pens sit for any length of time inked so there generally isn't any build up in the fins of the nib itself. However, if it is an older pen that has been sitting around inked you can soak it and then very gently use a soft toothbrush to clean the fins of the nib.

I then clean the barrel and cap using a q-tip and warm water.

Make sure that everything is dry then re-assemble the pen.

This usually cleans everything up and keeps the pen nice for storage.

Hope this helps.


thank you for the information...