Maintaining a Fountain Pen
A fountain pen is a modified version of the traditional dip pen. Fountain pen contains reservoir where one has to insert ink into it and then while writing ink is drawn from the reservoir and gets deposited on the paper where you are writing. Filling ink can be done in a number of ways like by a dropper or a syringe or through a process of suction. Fountain pens are not used much nowadays, but still are used for signing vital documents and a symbol of status. Fountain pens are not only used for writing but also for other purposes like calligraphy, professional artwork, designing, etc. Nowadays, some of the best fountain pens have been designed with absolute precision. Some have gold or silver plated nibs while some have traditional handcrafted designs on them. Fountain pens may give you the finest writing when compared to other types of pens but these require absolute care and maintenance. Cleaning the fountain pen First of all the barrel needs to be unscrewed from the nib section. After this, you need to clean the nib by rinsing it with water. The process needs to be repeated until it is done. The cartridge then needs to be soaked overnight in room temperature water. The nibs should be then dipped in water for 10 to 15 minutes and then dried off with bloating paper. This process needs to be done every week so as to keep your pen in a good condition. Using the fountain pen One of the important things which should be kept in mind while using a fountain pen is that never press it hard while writing. This can destroy the nib as well also end up in leakage. Fresh ink should be used every time. If possible, always try to avoid chemically treated papers. Storage of the fountain pen When you do not use your fountain pen for a long time, always empty the reservoir filled with ink. Wash it off and keep it aside. If possible, try to keep the pen in a vertical position. This will prevent the nib from clogging with ink. Even in this modern era, the usage of fountain pens has not declined. In fact, the sales are rising. People still are fond of the traditional culture and appeal of the fountain pens. Some of the reports say that the passionate pen collectors are really hooked into collecting such traditional pens.