Fountain Pen Tip #2 - How to Refill a Fountain Pen with a Converter
As you start your journey using fountain pens, you might be happy using prefilled ink cartridges to reink. However, as you browse you favourite stationery stores, you find these beautifully shaded ink colours and you start wondering if you shouldn’t step away from your regular old ink cartridges.
Now there are two ways of doing this. You can, as you might have seen in our "Fountain Pen Tip" series, just refill your ink cartridge. However, this might not be the easiest way to refill your pen with ink from a bottle. So here comes a brief instruction step by step on how to refill your fountain pen with a converter.
- Separate the grip from the barrel of the pen
- Clean the nib and the converter by separating them and rinsing them in cold water until water runs clear
- If the pen hasn’t been used for some time, you might need to submerge the nib in water to loosen up the ink
- Air dry the nib and the converter and reassemble when fully dry
- Twist the knob on the converter until the piston is fully depressed
- Submerge the entire nib into the ink and twist the piston to draw the ink until the converter is fully extended
If you are refilling your fountain pen with the same ink that you previously had in it, or if you like mixing ink colours to experiment and invent some beautiful new colours, you don’t really need to perform the cleaning steps. However, it is recommended that you clean your pen regularly, especially if it has not been used for a while.
To make it easier to understand, we have embedded a video that Ferris Wheel Press posted on YouTube as an instruction on how to refill the Brush Fountain Pen.