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Waterman Fountain Pen Phileas Kultur Leaking With Converter


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Hi, I purchased a Waterman Fountain Pen Phileas Kultur Iridescent Blue Fountain Pen last September on eBay, and bought a waterman converter on Amazon. It has always been a bit of a tough starter to get the ink flowing, but recently, when I thought it just was being stubborn, I opened up the barrel to find it full of ink and the converter empty. I cleaned it out and reseated the converter, and it happened again. I do carry the pen around in a case with my sailor pen in my backpack, but the sailor is fine, and the waterman will not hold its ink, suddenly. (It doesn't get as much use as the Sailor does.)

 

I'm wondering if it's the pen or the converter. Can I tell if it's a real Waterman? I suppose if it seems to be I should just try another converter? Is Amazon generally trustworthy on that sort of thing or are there inferior products out there too? I only used both sources as my usual pen shops didn't have the pen at the time, and lower Manhattan & NJ were in the midst of an apparent converter drought....

 

Anyone have similar experience with this particular pen?

 

Thanks!

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I dont have that particular pen but converters do wear out. They shouldnt wear out so quickly but its possible you just got a dud.

 

I would definitely suspect the converter before I blamed the pen.

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You might try using a toothpick to pick up a tiny bit of silicone lubricant and put it through the ink hole in the converter and spread it around inside. Work the converter a few times and see if it will hold water or ink as you prefer.

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I suspect you have the latest style converter with hard plastic mouth. Have a close look at the lip to check for a split.

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I suspect you have the latest style converter with hard plastic mouth. Have a close look at the lip to check for a split.

 

Hmmm. There is a split on both sides of the opening. Also noticed in cleaning it out there's a bubbling action going on and water/ink behind the vacuum section too. I'll try another converter....

 

Thanks everyone,

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