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.
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.