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#41 JohnZ

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 23:01

Tuesday I finally got around to contacting them and got the replacement today. I cleaned my pen and popped it in. Right away I noticed it required a little force to push in. The broken one just flew in, so this was reassuring. Once in, I dipped the nib in the ink and it almost filled up on the first draw! Couple more rinses and I was happy with how little air I had. Plus, I didn't get ink on my hands.

The ink itself is Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black re-branded for Cross. I can't believe a 2oz bottle is only $8. This black is great and flows better than my cartridges. I think I have everything I need now. Great pen, great ink, and great paper.

Once again, thanks everyone for helping me out so much. I am ready for a lifetime enjoyable writing.
EDC: Pelikan M200

#42 Frank C

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:29

Glad to hear the new pen, etc. are working out. I wish you the best.
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#43 fpconvert

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 13:43

1...If you store with ink in it, it is always best to rest it nib up. It is not a good idea to leave ink in a pen as ink can dry out and clog the nib. Also, be sure to keep your ink in a dark place and well sealed because it can grow mold which could harm a pen and be a pain to clean.
2... Always write with a light touch as you don't need much pressure to write....
3...I would clean every time I didn't have ink in it (at the end of every use)... so basically fill a pen, use it for the day -- work day or whatever-- then put the unused ink back into the ink bottle and flush the pen with cool water by taking water in and out of the pen the same way you filled it with ink until the water comes out of your pen clear.
4. It is always best to use a converter because they hold more ink. those cartriges can leave you hanging if they run out. converters make the pen easier to clean too. My earlier instructions for cleaning assumed you already had a converter. Cross's green converter is the one that fits Townsend. It installs, I believe, just like the cartriges do.

one other thing. After you clean your pen, what I find helpful to me is to take a coffee cup and a paper towel. fold the paper towel and place it in the bottom of the coffee cup. rest the pen, nib down, where the nib is resting on the paper towel and let sit like that over night. The paper towel will draw the excess water out of the pen.

 

 

Hey You sound like a seasoned user? I have a question for you? I use a Cross century II fountain pen and really like them. I use my pen with a convertor installed. Everytime I pump ink into the pen the covertor for whatever reason is never 100Q% full but rather only 75% full. I dip the nib completely into the bottle and I never can get full 100% fill. IS this normal?



#44 rwiker

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 12:30

Hey You sound like a seasoned user? I have a question for you? I use a Cross century II fountain pen and really like them. I use my pen with a convertor installed. Everytime I pump ink into the pen the covertor for whatever reason is never 100Q% full but rather only 75% full. I dip the nib completely into the bottle and I never can get full 100% fill. IS this normal?

 

 

If you get 75%, you're doing rather well... I suspect that the only way to get a converter 100% full would involve using a syringe to fill it.



#45 ac12

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 22:58

John

If you write as much as some of us, you may want a cheaper notebook.  There are a few threads in the Paper section about looking for "inexpensive" paper/notebooks for everyday use.  Here is one.

http://www.fountainp...ooklined-paper/

But you will be stepping down from the "black and red" notebook you have, which is pretty decent stuff.

 

BTW, I wish I knew what I do now when I was in college.  All I used was cartridge ink, the cartridge just seemed more convenient to use, which it was.  In reality I could have simply refilled/topped off the FP every day.  That would have save my parents some $$ in ink each year. 


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