High-quality fountain pens can last for many years but are not likely to do so if you treat it the same way you do a disposable pen from the grocery store. However, with a little bit of TLC, you can keep your favorite fountain pen in tip-top shape. Following the advice of our pen enthusiasts below can set you on the right track to caring for your pen collection.
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Simply cleaning [your pen] is different from cleaning it regularly and properly. Even the smallest parts of a fountain pen are important. There are many brands and types of fountain pens, and you should be aware of their differences because you do not want yours over-cleaned or not cleaned enough.
On average, fountain pens need cleaning monthly. You must keep water away from the pen’s body. Just wash its tip and its cartridge section. Remember to use cool tap water. Dry the nib and feeder with a clean cloth right after. The process does not need to be very long to ensure it is thoroughly done. You just need to [clean] it regularly, and your fountain pen can last a very long time.
It is not only the cleaning process of the pen that matters but also the paper that you use with it. Some papers do not absorb ink properly (mostly the chemically treated ones). When fountain pens are used on them, the ink that is supposed to be absorbed collects in the nib, which then clogs the feeder. This can cause damage to your fountain pen if not immediately stopped. If your pen is not working after using treated paper, it is vital you wipe the nib with a clean cloth or immediately wash the pen with tap water if it does not work.
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