How can I make my fountain pen ink flow better?

Some would add a little water to thin the ink so it flows better in a particular pen. The proper distance between the tines is about the thickness of a piece of copy paper. If you use a feeler gauge, 0.003 of an inch is about right.

Why does my fountain pen keep stopping?

This occurs when the feed cannot supply enough ink to the tip of the nib or if the tines on the nib are misaligned. A fountain pen can skip if there is debris in the feed channel or the ink has dried. Some new pens may have left over debris from manufacturing and it never hurts to flush the pen before its first use.

How do I stop my ballpen from Blotting?

Hold the tip of the pen to a flame for a few seconds to unclog the ink. Use a lighter, match, or candle to create a flame, then place just the very tip of your pen in the flame for a few seconds. In many cases, the heat will melt any gummed-up ink near the tip and get the pen working again.

Does fountain pen ink evaporate?

Fountain pen ink is water based and over time will evaporate. Leaving ink in a fountain pen for an extended period of time can create problems for your fountain pen. If you are not going to use a fountain pen for an extended period of time, you need to remove and clean your pen.

Why is the ink not flowing from nib?

If a nib is damaged it can prevent the ink from flowing. The tines on smaller nibs and especially small pointed nibs can easily overlap or get bent. Overlapping tines can usually be pushed back in to place. Often it will be necessary to replace nibs which have bent tines.

How do you fix a pen that skips ink?

Dip the tip of your pen in rubbing alcohol to dissolve any dried ink that may prevent the ball from moving freely. Place the tip of your pen into the flame of a match or lighter for a few seconds to free up the ball and get it rolling smoothly again.

Why do pens leak in pockets?

When your ballpoint pen is in your pocket it gets warmer because of your body temperature. This means the ink inside becomes more liquefied and oozes out of the tip and end due to gravity.

What causes excessive ink flow on a fountain pen?

Excessive ink flow can be caused by air leak somewhere in the pen. Leaks most often occur when the opening of an ink cartridge or converter does not form an airtight seal with the nib section. If possible, try installing a different cartridge or converter in the pen to see if that resolves the issue.

Are there any problems with the ink flow?

Seven Problems With Ink Flow And How To Solve Them! Having a leaky pen is one of the most frustrating problems that a fountain pen enthusiast can have! But equally as annoying is bad ink flow. It’s happened to me, a few customers and it’s bound to happen to you at one time or another.

Why is the nib on my fountain pen not working?

The pen on the right may have been dropped or mishandled. For whatever reason, the halves of the iridium ball at the tip of the nib are out of alignment. The pen will scratch as it moves across the paper. With your fingernails press down on the high side and upward on the low side.

Why does my fountain pen keep writing dry?

Occasionally fountain pens write dry or scratchy due to poor ink flow. Here are a few tips or steps on fixing this problem so your pen writes like it should. So how do I fill a converter style fountain pen with ink? Whether is is a new or used pen it may be writing dry due to a clogged or partially clogged feed system.