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Dried Up Carts

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#1 adamselene



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 12:58

I guess I have more than a dozen brands of ink carts. Cross carts seem to me to be remarkably prone to drying up. I've brought blister packs home from the store to find most of the carts appearing half-empty, and I. have 100s of older carts, some of which just have a powder inside.

Anyone observe this?

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#2 Sasha Royale

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 17:23

Ink is mostly water.  While plastics are "waterproof", they are rarely "vapor-proof".  In tiny increments, the water turns to vapor, and seeps through the porous plastic.  If you wish to use the ink in the cartridge, install the cartridge, then remove the cartridge.  Inject distilled water to fill 75% full, then agitate to dissolve the ink solids thoroughly.  A good way is to use a medical syringe to inject the water, then extract and inject several times.  Be patient for complete dissolving.


Hundreds of cartridges ?  You have enough ink for years.  Save the empties for refilling with bottle ink.  




This syringe has a large capacity, and comes with one sharp needle and one blunted needle.  

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 03:02

In my experience, Platinum cartridges are the worst for drying up and/or separating. Cross, because of their minuscule size, are a close second.

#4 Chrissy


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Posted 20 April 2018 - 04:35

I have Sheaffer carts that have dried up, and once bought a sealed pack of Montblanc carts to find one contained only dust. I regularly rehydrate them with water from a syringe, as described above, and use them.


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 19:50

Consider yourself lucky if the Cross cartridges are dried up......their ink sucks. I have MUCH better luck with my Cross pens when I use a converter and another brand of ink (like J Herbein, Waterman or Montblanc)

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