Care

Using a Fountain Pen and Ink should be an enjoyable experience and one that is relatively simple to do. However, from time to time there are simple care and maintenance procedures that Manuscript reccommends you carry out when using our range of Fountain Pens and Dip Nibs.

This section outlines the best care practices for maintaining your calligraphy and writing tools, so that you may continue to write with ease.

Care & Maintenance of your Fountain PenMore +

Basic care and maintenance instructions for your Fountain Pen:

  • Do not allow ink to dry out in the nib, as this will reduce and eventually stop the flow of ink.
  • Wash the nib occasionally after use as follows: Remove the ink cartridge then hold the nib under lukewarm running water. Dry it carefully with paper tissue.
  • Use Manuscript European size ink cartridges
  • Never use waterproof or pigmented inks, which will clog your pen.
  • Do not drop or knock your pen against a hard surface. To avoid accidental damage, replace the cap after use.
  • Always carry a fountain pen with the nib pointing upwards.

Hints and tips to encourage ink flow in any Fountain pen from the Manuscript range:

  • Ensure the cartridge is pushed firmly up into place.
  • To encourage the ink to come down to the nib: hold the pen vertically with the tip of the nib pointing down over scrap paper and tap the tip of the nib repeatedly on the paper for up to 25 seconds until the ink comes through.
  • If the pen does not start to write after this you can also try squeezing the cartridge gently and carefully over scrap paper until the ink comes down to the nib! Take care as there is danger some might spill!If you do create a blob of ink on the paper you can dip the nib into this to encourage flow.

Care & Maintenance of your DIp PenMore +

Basic care and maintenance instructions for your dip nibs and reservoirs:

  • Ensure your nib and reservoir are assembled correctly with the reservoir about 2 mm or 1⁄10 inch away from the tip of the pen nib
  • Dip pen ink has more pigmentation than fountain pen ink and the nib and reservoir can get blocked if ink dries on them.
  • At the end of each session and at any time if ink is not flowing properly wash nib and reservoir in lukewarm water until the ink is removed. We recommend you put the plug in the basin so that the nib and reservoir do not get washed down the drain! Then dry carefully with paper tissue and reassemble.

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