Posted 10 May 2012 - 00:29
I just received my Red Mesa Tortoise Konrad, my first fountain pen. I took it out of the box, read the directions and I already have a questions.
The directions don't say anything about washing it before using it, but obviously that is a Must Do after reading all the posts here. But after the sentence about replacing the o-rings, it says:
"Use plumber's faucet lubricant (pure silicone grease) to lubricate the mechanism (fill gap between the o-rings with the grease before installing) which can be obtained for approx. $2 at the local hardware store.
Does this mean that I need to use silicone grease after each washing? Or just after each o-ring replacement? The o-rings are so close together that the "gap" seems to be barely the thickness of a fingernail between the two. Is that the area where I need to put the grease?
I had a heck of a time getting my Konrad to properly come apart. When I first tried to unscrew the piston's cover cap, the entire piston came out. I guess the cover cap was on too tight. Finally got them separated, put it all back with the cover cap loosely screwed on. Next time I tried to take it all apart, I got the cap off but couldn't get the piston to come out. I had to screw the cap on snugly, then unscrew it and the piston came out with the cap attached again. Oh well...I think I can live with that.
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