TT Patton’s Tips on Keeping Your Fountain Pen in Tip Top Shape

Go With the Flow

Storing our Cross Townsend nib up ensures that when we're ready to write, it will be too.

Storing our Cross Townsend nib up ensures that when we’re ready to write, our pen will be too.

Here at TT Patton, we’ve always adored fine writing instruments–from classics like Cross to sleek, modern-engineered pens like LAMY.  Whichever your preference, it’s of utmost importance that you know how to best to care for your fountain pen, so we’re sharing our Top TT Patton Tips, collected over the years from our pentologists and amateur pen-lovers alike:

  1. ALWAYS store your fountain pen horizontally or nib up.  Otherwise, the ink flows from the barrel to the nib, and can clog your pen, especially if it dries inside.
  2. Every third time you refill your fountain pen’s ink, flush the pen out using cool water–simply let it run through the nib until it flows clear.  Allow for your pen to dry overnight before replenishing its ink supply.
    Not yet an avid fountain pen user? The Pilot Metropolitan is the perfect place to start.

    Not yet an avid fountain pen user? The Pilot Metropolitan is the perfect place to start.

    3. If you discover your ink has stopped flowing, and can’t get it going  again even after flushing, try soaking the nib in a little water overnight, and if you still don’t see any progress, add a little squirt of Windex to the water, and soak once again.

    4. If you bring your fountain pen with you on an airplane, make sure to unload your ink before flying, as the pressure can impact the way your ink flows.

    5. And finally, keep your pen yours.  Don’t lend it out.  A fountain pen’s nib adjusts over time to the way you write with it–light-handed or heavy, lefty or righty, so it will flow better for you than for anyone else.

If your fountain pen problems are still troubling you, stop into TT Patton for some expert advice–and celebrate National Fountain Pen Month this August by bringing your pen in for a complimentary cleaning!

May your ink flow smoothly and your pen write beautifully,

Katie.

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