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My New Metropolitan is a great writer for about 1/2 page and then the ink runs out. This first happened with the bulb converter that was with the pen. I didn't know what was happening so i switched to the included cartridge. It still does this but i found that if i remove the cartridge and put it back on i get another 1/2 or so worth. Any one have suggestions for a remedy?

So many pens. So little time.

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Maybe a good flush with soapy water to get out any manufacturing oils that may be inhibiting ink flow? Haven't run across that problem with my Metro's, to be honest.


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i have rinsed it at least 2 times, maybe 3. And at least 2 times were with ammonia in water. and rinsed with clear water.

will try a different converter just in case.

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The newer Pilot Con-50 converters have a metal cylinder inside them to keep bubbles from forming at the back end of the section at the feed. It is possible that this could be the problem... Have you tried any other inks?


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Yes i have tried 2 bottled inks. one was pilot iro something and noodlers purple. i guess i will have to get a pilot con 50. or just thought of it, i may have one in a 78g. will check and give it a try. thanks for your ideas

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I agree with risingsun; I've only ever used the new-version CON-50s (the ones with those metal cylinders, which I call "rattlers" for lack of a better term) and haven't had the problem you're describing (at least, not with my Pilot pens).


Please post again after you've tried a CON-50 w/rattler and let us know whether or not it solves your problem. (I'm currently having the same issue you are, but with my new Platinum Cool, and so I'm gathering solutions to try when I've used up its current converter-load of ink.)


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