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How To Darken Writing When Using A Cartridge?

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#1 Mysterious Mose

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Posted 07 June 2020 - 20:59

Inspired by a Goulet blog and instructional video, I've discovered a new way to clean Waterman fountain pens which use converters or cartridges.  I've always flushed the pen by filling and rinsing, filling and rinsing, etc., with a converter.  The new way is to remove the converter or cartridge, then use running water to flush out the nib and feed, and fill and rinse the converter by itself.  I've got a bulb syringe on order.

 

However, I've immediately run into a problem.  After doing this flushing, if I insert an ink cartridge and start writing, the writing is very faint.  It takes a lot of writing before the writing darkens to a usable level.  Dipping the pen in ink makes very little difference. Any suggestions on how to speed up the process of getting my writing to be dark enough?

 

Relevant details: Waterman Expert GT and Waterman Phileas pens, Waterman Intense Black and Serenity Blue 75mm cartridges.  The Phileas is about 10 years old, the Expert ir 6 months old.  I use a variety of inks. 


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Posted 07 June 2020 - 21:06

I usually leave the pen in a cup with a bit of kitchen roll in the bottom. 

 

The kitchen roll abosrbs the water - and by morning you are ready to go.

 

I find dipping the nib helps, or puttig the cartridge in and leaving the pen nib down for a while. 

 

If you are using the same colour, it's much easier to not flush - just pop in a new cartridge and go. 



#3 Karmachanic

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Posted 07 June 2020 - 21:24

Or, if feeling confident, shake the water out, as one would shake an older thermometer. Then wrap the nib/feed with a tissue and hold firmly for a minute. If you have more time, in addition, let it air dry for an hour.


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Posted 07 June 2020 - 21:32

For what it's worth, I generally put my freshly rinsed/cleaned/towel-dried nibs/feed into a clean and dry plastic container with a silica gel packet and put on the lid. I do this just before going to bed at night and generally in the morning things are ready to go.

 

The only problem I've had so far with this method is sometimes I get sucked into cleaning "just one more pen" til 3 am! Other than that, having my pens dry while I sleep is a pretty painless way to wait before inking them again.



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Posted 07 June 2020 - 23:55

Sandy101, what is a kitchen roll?

 

Thanks for these suggestions.

 

So far, I've left the pen lying down horizontally and uncapped and that seems to help.

 

Karmachanic - I remember those thermometers.  I think I still have two of them.


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Posted 08 June 2020 - 04:52

Sandy101, what is a kitchen roll?

 
A roll of kitchen paper towels, e.g. https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=kitchen+roll


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Posted 08 June 2020 - 07:49

All of the above, but I also blow through the pen to dry the internals of the pen before using a Kleenex or similar to dry the the nib and feed. I know that some people just dip the feed and nib into the new ink instead.


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Posted 09 June 2020 - 18:03

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 21:06

You don't need to rinse a pen unless you're changing inks, accidentally let it dry out, or much more than once or twice a year.

 

But when you do, you can place it nib down with the point touching a paper towel. This will wick out the water through the nib and feed for the most part (enough to re-ink) in 10-30 minutes.


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Posted 10 June 2020 - 08:34

Must admit that I am very boring with my pen use, I fill a pen, use the ink up, wash and dry the pen, put it away and repeat with a new choice of pen.

 

I follow the practice of cleaning and drying, inside and out.



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Posted 11 June 2020 - 14:28

I have enough pens that usually when I flush one out, it's because I'm taking it out of my daily rotation and/or it's getting a new ink color.  In this case, I usually just let it air dry on a paper towel overnight.

 

If I'm in a rush to change inks, I have used a can of compressed air (electronic duster) to blow out any excess water in combination with wicking out the water with paper towel.  This usually results in a dry pen within 30 to 60 minutes and ready to be re-inked.

 

I rarely, if ever, flush a pen just to refill with the same ink.



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Posted 11 June 2020 - 15:31

Careful with that canned air. The propellants may have nasties that are deleterious (from vague memory) to the long term happiness of your pens.


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 01:14

Careful with that canned air. The propellants may have nasties that are deleterious (from vague memory) to the long term happiness of your pens.

 

 

Yes, it does talk about that on the can.  You have to make sure to hold the can upright otherwise the nasty stuff comes out with the air.  So far, I've not had a problem.  But, again, I don't use this technique unless I'm trying to rush something so it's very infrequent.  Good point to remember though and it can be risky.







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