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#1 Dianamoon

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 17:06

Hello, total fountain pen newb from NYC here.

 

I don't know what came over me but one day I just had to get myself a fountain pen. I had been dissuaded because we had them in the house as a kid, with bottles of Parker ink, and I associated them with getting ink on one's hands, and clogs, and nothing worked, etc. I avoided them.

 

OK, enough, I got over it and ordered a Pilot Metropolitan. Came yesterday - it's gorgeous. The gray one with the houndstooth ring around the top of the barrel (?), not sure what it's called.

 

I had a funny experience. It came with a cartridge. I have a bottle of Noodler's on order, and I just couldn't wait to use it, so I attached the cartridge and....nothing. I was catapulted back to childhood with my parents' non-functional fountain pens.  I got it together & consulted an instructional video, which suggested you squeeze the cartridge a couple of time. 

 

LOL, I squirted a big puddle of ink, luckily on paper, so no harm done. I gentle squeeze was all that was needed.

 

Questions:

 

1. Do I store the pen right-side up?

2. I notice a bit of stray ink on the nib, so I clean it off w/a bit of paper towel. When I pass the paper towel over the breather hole, ink comes out. Is it supposed to be that way?

 

Thanks! I love my pen. I can't wait for my Noodler's to come to experiment w/the converter.


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Posted 02 April 2016 - 17:13

Hello and Welcome to FPN!! Glad to have you as a member!!

 

Congrats on the new pen! You don't have to store it nib up it can be stored laying on its side just fine. It is normal for ink to come out when you wipe past the breather hole or along the slit.  Again welcome to the madness!


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#3 FOUR X FOUR

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 17:56

Hey Dianamoon. Welcome to the forum. My memory of fountain pens as a child is as yours. They didn't work. Who ever said you should store your pens nib up, must have been from yesteryear. I always lay mine flat.
PAKMAN, I'm sorry for repeating you. You're also right about the breather hole. Why does it do that? It doesn't matter how fast you wipe the nib the ink is always faster.

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 19:04

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 19:08

 Welcome home.  Pull up a stump and set a spell. Next time instead of squeezing a cartridge just let the pen sit nib down for a few minutes.


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Posted 02 April 2016 - 19:15

"I don't know what came over me but one day I just had to get myself a fountain pen."  You may have caught a serious virus.  There is a risk that you may have this feeling over and over again. The only remedy is to immediately buy a Pelikan. :)


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Posted 02 April 2016 - 20:30

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 21:06

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#10 Sasha Royale

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 00:36

:W2FPN:

Fountain pens are messy for kids because they don't know what adults have learned.  The adults knew, but never got around to teaching you.  Now, you know.  The black thing, under the nib, controls the ink flow from the reservoir, but it has to be "wet" with ink to do its job.  The good news is that filling from a bottle already "wets" the feed.  If you touch the felt tip of a marker with a paper towel, you will get ink on the paper towel.  Same with the fountain pen.  

 

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Enjoy your Pilot Metropolitan.  Enjoy the fellow members.  


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#11 Dianamoon

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 01:44

Thanks to all -

 

"Next time instead of squeezing a cartridge just let the pen sit nib down for a few minutes."

 

LOLz - I guess the fountain pen will teach me some patience?? (Not my strongest suit!)

 

" You may have caught a serious virus."

 

At this point, the virus is mostly for inks and papers. I'm happy with my $15 Pilot (and a $3 Preppy on the way), I can do without the top of the line pens worth hundreds/thousands....but I am obsessed with ink and paper.

 

I don't know what's happened to me.

 

I still have emotional feelings towards those bottles of Parker ink.....


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Posted 03 April 2016 - 03:02

Hello and welcome.   :W2FPN:


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 09:34

Hello, total fountain pen newb from NYC here.

 

I don't know what came over me but one day I just had to get myself a fountain pen. I had been dissuaded because we had them in the house as a kid, with bottles of Parker ink, and I associated them with getting ink on one's hands, and clogs, and nothing worked, etc. I avoided them.

 

OK, enough, I got over it and ordered a Pilot Metropolitan. Came yesterday - it's gorgeous. The gray one with the houndstooth ring around the top of the barrel (?), not sure what it's called.

 

I had a funny experience. It came with a cartridge. I have a bottle of Noodler's on order, and I just couldn't wait to use it, so I attached the cartridge and....nothing. I was catapulted back to childhood with my parents' non-functional fountain pens.  I got it together & consulted an instructional video, which suggested you squeeze the cartridge a couple of time. 

 

LOL, I squirted a big puddle of ink, luckily on paper, so no harm done. I gentle squeeze was all that was needed.

 

Questions:

 

1. Do I store the pen right-side up?

2. I notice a bit of stray ink on the nib, so I clean it off w/a bit of paper towel. When I pass the paper towel over the breather hole, ink comes out. Is it supposed to be that way?

 

Thanks! I love my pen. I can't wait for my Noodler's to come to experiment w/the converter.

1. If you write often, store it nib down.  if you store for transport, nip up.  If you store it for longer, take the cartridge off and suck all the ink off the nib with paper towel until no ink comes.  Clotted ink prevents the pen from restarting.

2. In most nip designs, one ends up with ink between the nib and the feed.  That's  the ink you suck off initially.  If you continue, you can empty the cartridge this way.

After extended use, this space clogs up with dried ink (no problemo).

Ah, converter.... going back to 1... if you store for longer period suck clean water in and squirt it through the feed and nib section.

 

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 11:03

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:



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