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Ink Flow Randomly Stops Halfway Down The Page

ink flow

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#1 LittleP13


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Posted 10 May 2019 - 14:23

I have a Caran d'Ache 849 and it is having issues writing continuously. I find that it starts out strong and wet after resting flat or even nib-side up, but after 1/4-1/2 page, the ink flow slows and sometimes stops. I have to unscrew the pen and squeeze the ink cartridge to get it going again.


I have changed the ink 3 times, flushed and soaked. 


What is happening??!1?

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#2 steve50


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Posted 10 May 2019 - 22:42

It's probably ink sticking on the cartridge if you know what I mean. Try using a converter. I have a pen with this problem and I just give it a gentle shake when it happens. Doesn't bother me too much.

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 04:28

The pen is pulling ink out of the reservoir faster than air can be replaced, causing a vacuum that impedes capillary flow.  The nib needs to be tuned to write a little drier.  This is not an uncommon problem with very wet writing pens.

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 11:09

Yep, got the same problem with my CS Winston. Vacuum in the filler is just too effective and I have to twist the knob to get things going again (else leave it to sit for a while).


Shame, since it's a great pen otherwise. If I only used this pen to sign cheques of course - I'd be fine!

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