If you don't have one, removing the nib isn't essential; simply dip the fountain pen in the ink. As long as it's water-based and can be dissolved by water, you're unlikely to harm the fountain pen, as soaking may remove ink that has dried and clogged the feed channels. You might want to do this with minor repairs or when replacing the ink.
However, if you are planning to sell the pen later on or use it for something else, you should take care of the nib first. There are two ways to do this: dry-dip or wet-dip.
Dry-dipping refers to dipping the pen into ink that is already dry. This is done to remove any existing ink from the barrel before adding new ink. Dry-dipped pens will not bleed through paper unless you press hard enough to smear the ink.
Wet-dipping involves soaking the pen in ink. Most commonly, fountain pen inks are water-based, so they work fine when soaked in water. However, if the ink is oil-based, then it will make the pen unusable because water will soak right through the paper and destroy the fibers.
The best way to dip a fountain pen is to soak it in ink. Use caution not to oversoak your pen, as this could lead to leaking issues.
The fountain pen is the newest form of a dip pen that utilizes its nib, and unlike the dip pen, the fountain pen employs an internal ink storage that pulls ink from its canister to the nib itself using a feeder without dipping it in the inkwell. This means that the ink flow is constant throughout the writing process.
There are two types of fountain pens: those that work on an air-fed system and those that work on a gravity-fed system. The first class of fountain pens uses an electric pump or spring mechanism to supply ink to the writing tip when you need it. The second class of fountain pen relies on the force of gravity to fill the reservoir with ink; to do this, they must be placed in an upright position.
Fountain pens come in many shapes and sizes. They can have a single piece of metal for the body of the pen or multiple parts made of various materials such as stainless steel, plastic, or wood. Some have only one filling hole while others may have several. Some are closed at one end while others are not. Many people prefer fountain pens over other writing instruments because of their unique look and feel. Also, they are more reliable than regular ballpoint pens.
People start using fountain pens around the time that computers start appearing in schools. Since then, they have become popular again because of their distinctive look and feel.
Dip the fountain pen nib into the bottled ink, making sure it is slightly above the gripping portion. To pull ink into the converter, twist or move the plunger in the other direction. Note that some bottles have a built-in spout at the top; others require a special converter cap.
When using waterman as a term of endearment, it usually follows the pattern "a waterman can..." For example, "he's a good waterman" or "she's a tough woman to work for."
The phrase comes from fishing, where a "waterman" is a person who manages the bait shop or dock office while a fisherman goes out on the water. The waterman keeps an eye on things while the fisherman gets his bite.
In modern usage, the term refers to someone who works with ink and paper -- especially someone who works in a printing office.
Waterman used to be a brand name of ink cartridges, but they are now made by other companies.
In an ideal world, the optimum practice would be to empty a fountain pen of all ink before not using it. When a fountain pen is left for an extended amount of time, the ink might dry and cause the pen to freeze. Fountain pen inks are water-based, and as the ink evaporates, the pen dries. If the pen is not used again, it will be very difficult to get it working once more.
In real life, this isn't possible. Even if you do empty your pen, there's a good chance that you won't be able to get any sort of flow from it again. That's because most fountain pens have a small hole called the "o-ring" that keeps the ink inside the pen when it's not being used. This hole can allow air into the pen, which causes the ink to evaporate. As soon as the ink does this, you won't be able to get any flow from the pen.
The best way to avoid this problem is to use your pen every day. That way, the hole will be filled with ink every time you use it, preventing air from getting into the pen.
If you don't use your pen for several days then come back to it, some of the ink may have dried up and made the pen unusable. However, this isn't likely to happen with black ink, since they're usually not removed from the pen until it's completely empty.
If you believe your fountain pen has dried out due to blockage, try flushing it with warm water first. The simplest way to do this is to unscrew the pen, remove the cartridge, and flush out any hardened ink or sediment by pouring warm water into the feed and through the nib. Be sure to replace the cap while the pen is still wet.
If the problem persists, consider bringing the pen in for repair by a professional fountain pen mechanic. Dried-out pens can be restored to like-new condition.
Fountain Pen Myth #4: If someone uses your fountain pen, the nib is damaged. It is widely assumed that allowing people to use your fountain pens may cause the nib to change. It is true that a fountain pen nib will wear down and mold to your writing style over time. However, this happens with any type of pen, not just fountain pens.
The best way to ensure that your nib does not wear out prematurely is to take good care of it. Never grind up your nib against the side of your desk or put it in your mouth. This will shorten its life span. Also, never fill your pen with too much ink; allow some room at the end for more ink to flow through when you write. Finally, if you get tired of one look, you can file or sand the nib down to give it a new shape.
All things considered, a fountain pen nib will last quite a while if you take care of it properly.