Relatively new here - just this week. Also relatively new to really enjoying fountain pens in general. So far I mostly use entry level pens like Pilot Metropolitan, but am considering expanding that (money's an issue). One pen I have from Ebay is an Elysee, but when I added a cartridge it essentially wouldn't flow. After much coaxing, there was some thing that came out, but nothing that was anything close to normal. My assumption from that was that I at least had the correct cartridge (international) and that this Elysee takes a cartridge, which I was fairly sure it would.
I thought to pull the nib/feeder to give it a good cleaning - have no idea how long it's been sitting. Not even sure exactly which pen it is - it was listed on Ebay as "no. 19". The nib/feeder isn't budging. I tried running clear cold water through it. I also tried soaking it for just a few minutes, but because of the lacquer finish I didn't want to leave it in water. Nothing budged. In desperation, I tried using the end of a drill bit into the open feeder end, and tapping onto a piece of wood. Still, nothing budged.
I've read in posts here about a similar method of drilling a hold through wood, just big enough but not too big, and tapping the feeder end. I'll try that if that's my only option, but it feels harsh, and am afraid of damaging something inside - e.g. the part that punctures a cartridge. Plus, I was already tapping with a fair amount of force, and many, many taps with the drill bit.
I know that some nib/feeders have threads, something other than friction to hold them in. I've been unable to find out if that's the case for this Elysee "No. 19".
Can anyone help me or point me in the right direction? Friction Vs threaded? Other methods?