Good morning all. New user here hoping for some advise.
I have a cross fountain pen which I believe to be a century, or century II with a medium nib, about 6 years old if that helps.
I know in the grand scheme of things it is not anything particularly special, but it has some sentimental value so I would like to get the most out of it.
Since I have had it I have found it pretty unreliable in that it often stops writing for no good reason and needs some tinkering to get it going again. This put me off using it and it has lived in the draw unused pretty much since new.
but a few months ago I decided to give it another go, but I still have the same old problems.
I have been using the cross cartridges and am now on my last one so am considering what other options there may be.
It gets uses every 1-2 days and is always capped when not in use. I have washed the nib through with warm water many times which always gets it going again, but hasn't been a long term fix. Often I either put a drop of water on the nib which normally gets things going again, or more often than not have to disassemble the pen, give the cartridge a squeeze to get the ink flowing through to the nib again and carry on. But this can need doing several times a day if doing a lot of writing.
The nib is in good condition and not bent out of shape at all. Some pictures below.
I am wondering if a possible solution may be to get a converter which will allow me to try different inks, maybe something less viscous would help?
Can anyone suggest a particular ink work trying or offer any other suggestions?