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How to Fill a Fountain Pen?


Filling a fountain pen for the first time? Chances are you’re looking for the ways on how to perform this task with ease so you’ve reached this post. Today, I’m sharing the different methods on how to fill a fountain pen. If you’re ready, let’s get started.

Filling a fountain pen with a mini converter

This is a method of filling your fountain pen easily. Check out the steps below.

  1. Take the cap out and then unscrew the barrel of the pen.
  2. Prepare your mini ink converter, and then insert it into the section of your fountain pen.
  3. Start dipping the whole nib and then feed into your ink.
  4. Grip the pen’s section and keep both the nib and feed submerged into the ink. Pull the converter’s knurled end with your other hand. This is to pull your ink up into the ink converter.
  5. Use a fountain pen cleaning wipe or a clean piece of cloth to remove any excess ink in the nib.

Filling a fountain pen with an ink cartridge

Before you perform this, check that you’re using the right size of the ink cartridge for your pen. There are many pen brands that use a universal sizing, but some others would need a specific ink cartridge size or brand.

  1. Get your ink cartridge and see where its opening is. This is the area where the ink will be flowing out.
  2. Take out the cap, and then loosen or unscrew the pen’s barrel.
  3. Insert your cartridge with its opening first into the pen.
  4. In the pen’s feed, you might also be able to see a small protrusion. That’s where you should apply pressure when you insert the cartridge. It’s the part of the pen that will have the access to the ink.
  5. Push it further and wait until the pen thoroughly punctures the opening of the cartridge.
  6. Reattach the barrel of the pen once done.
  7. Wait for at least a minute so that the ink can thoroughly be settled through the nib’s feed. For better results, ensure that the nib is facing down.

Filling an eyedropper fountain pen

  1. Remove any residue that’s been left from the barrel of the pen if this is the first time you’ll fill it. Or you can just rinse its barrel using warm and clean water if the fountain pen’s been filled before. Dry the barrel out using a small cotton swab.
  2. Use and apply silicone grease to the pen’s threads. This will serve as protective barrier that can prevent leaks later. You can apply it using your finger.
  3. When done, you can start screwing this section into the barrel of the pen. Do it a couple of times to ensure an even distribution of the silicone grease in the threads.
  4. Take the section out of the pen’s barrel.
  5. Get your syringe or eyedropper and use it to fill the pen’s barrel with the ink. Do not overfill or filling past the pen barrel’s threads. Otherwise, the ink will overflow when you return the section into your pen’s barrel.
  6. Start screwing this section into the pen’s barrel but only halfway. Do not screw it yet completely. When done, turn your pen upside down.
  7. Screw the rest of the way to get the pen together. Doing this will help priming the nib and feed, while creating enough pressure in the barrel’s interior section.
  8. If needed, use a clean piece of cloth to clean the nib.

Filling a fountain pen with a standard converter

  1. Take the cap out and then unscrew the barrel of the pen.
  2. Get your ink converter and insert it to the section of the pen if yours is a push-in type of converter. Now, you have to insert it totally if the converter has threads. It depends on the pen you have whether you’ll use a push-in or threaded type of converter.
  3. Flush any air from the converter. Note: The method to do this relies of the converter type that your pen needs. If you’re using a squeeze converter, you can compress the bladder and hold it. Otherwise, you will have to move the piston to the front going to the nib. Do it by pushing or twisting the piston in.
  4. Open and submerge both the nib and feed. Remember that the breather hold on the nib should be totally ink covered.
  5. Let the nib be submerged, and then stop squeezing, or pull or twist the converter based on the ink converter type that your fountain pen uses.
  6. Point the nib up once you removed the pen from the ink. Twist the piston to the left slowly to remove any bubbles if you’re using a piston type ink converter. But then, ensure that you’re doing it slowly to avoid forcing the ink out.
  7. If you need to fill the ink converter thoroughly after forcing the air out, repeat the steps.
  8. Reassemble the pen and you’re done!

Filling the fountain pen with crescent filler

Some people might find it complicated to fill a fountain pen using this method, but it’s not actually hard.

  1. Find where the C-shaped hard rubber lock ring is and then turn it to position the opening under the crescent.
  2. Flatten the ink sac by pressing the crescent.
  3. Put the nib in the ink, but ensure to fully submerge the breather hole.
  4. Begin releasing the crescent and then count until 10. This will ensure that the ink sac will be inflated.

There you have the numerous ways on how to fill a fountain pen using one of the methods presented earlier. As you see, it is not that complicated to complete the process. All you need are the necessary materials and following the steps above. Which among them would you try first? Tell us in the comments. Finally, share this article on social media to help friends needing the same information today!

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