How To Unclog Sheaffer’s Fountain Pens

Each Sheaffer fountain pen, as almost any fine writing instrument using ink, can get clogged. The ink flow can be stopped by two main factors: improper care and bad ink.

Improper fountain pen care implies, for example, keeping the fine instrument in the wrong position. When not used for some time (over several hours), a pen should be put in uphold position, the nib up.

Fountain pen can get damaged if wrong ink is used for filling and writing. No pen-o-phil in the world will ever recommend waterproof or Indian ink for fountain pens! It is like one of the commandments for any pen lover. Unless you want to make serious damage to your precious pen, never use waterproof or Indian inks in it.

There are special inks aimed just at using in fountain pens. Sheaffer itself produces nice ink of many colours, and what could be better of using Sheaffer ink in Sheaffer fountain pens? It gives you an absolute guarantee that no damage to the pen will ever occur. Of course there are superb inks made by Mont Blanc and Waterman, or you may find Noodler’s to be what you really like most of all inks. I personally use Noodler’s in my Sheaffer Agio Limited Edition.
With the above said, I am going to name some steps that will help you to unclog Sheaffer fountain pen.

Don’t get nervous and stay away from panic. It’s not Armageddon. Avoid excessive shaking or other physical measures remember, that your writing instrument most probably cost well over $100. It is that kind of things that need special care always.

If you just don’t know what to do or can’t make up your mind, it is a good idea to bring the pen to a pen shop (if there’s one in your area). For about 10 to 20 dollars, they will clean the pen out and return it back to you in perfect condition. Cleaning may take up to one day, so probably you won’t get your pen back the day you bring it.

However, there’s a good chance you can unclog Sheaffer’s pen at home conditions. If you have any high soluble ink at hand, like Sheaffer Skrip, you may try to clean the pen with it. Such inks are reported to clean the clogged residues of ink.

But in most cases it is not enough, and you have to use some chemicals for proper cleaning. Usually it is a mixture of ammonia and water (1 part of ammonia, 10 parts of water). Use a converter, or a piston from your Sheaffer fountain pen to fill the nib section with the solution, drop it and leave it in the mixture overnight. Flush it well with water after soaking it. Gently blow water through the nib section toward a nib to clean up softened ink residue. Try not to use more than 5 parts of ammonia because this substance can seriously damage the precious writing instrument. Normally ammonia:water as 5:10 is used in most serious cases with stubborn clogging which happens quite rarely.
By the way, the last method is exactly what pen shops use to unclog fountain pens. So you’ve just save yourself a lunch 😉

Fine Fountain Pens

fountain pens, sometimes also known as reservoir pens, have a long history in the world of writing utensils. Some records show evidence of the use of the fountain pen as far back as 10th century Egypt. But it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that it became very common to see portable fountain pens for sale and use throughout society.

To create a fountain pen that users could rely on to write consistently, without excess blotting or leaking, inventors experimented with various design methods and ink filling techniques. The first major breakthrough in portability came in 1827, when a Roman inventor named Petrache Poenaru created a fountain pen with a refillable ink cartridge. The inside of the pen contained a hollow barrel into which users poured ink through a long eyedropper. Unfortunately, these first fountain pens were prone to leakage and often created a mess.

The answer to the leakage problem came about in 1907, when L.E. Waterman perfected what was known as the -safety pen-. This model featured a retractable point that would pump into and out of the ink well, corking the reservoir like a bottle so that no ink could escape. In the decades that followed there were many technological advances in the design of fountain pen features such as their nibs (points), filling methods, and cartridges.

While their day-to-day popularity faded with the the advent of the ballpoint pen in the 1960s, many people still prefer fine fountain pens over their modern cousins. There is an air of nostalgia, history and romanticism inherent in writing with a fountain pen. They also suggest a degree of formality, which is why they are the tool of choice for many calligraphers and artists.

Many antique hobbyists enjoy collecting vintage fine fountain pens for their period charm and aesthetic value. It is is not uncommon to see fountain pens for sale from various historical eras decorated with jewels, precious metals and inlaid lacquer designs.

Whether is to sell or buy, fountain pen enthusiasts have set up many physical retail stores and Internet sites where other fountain pen lovers can exchange information and add to their own private collections. They can shop for top names such as Waterman, Mont Blanc, Dunhill, Parker and Visconti, or find rare items that may not be as well known in the mainstream community. They have access to services, such as ink refilling, and they can also buy fountain pen accessories such as wooden pen cases and leather notebooks and organizers.

The world is constantly changing, and humans are adapting more and more every day to our increasingly digitalized environment. But the enduring popularity of the fountain pen proves that is still possible to hold on to a piece of the past.

The Lamy Fountain Pen Reviewed

The success of the Lamy fountain pen can be attributed to many factors but one of the prime reasons for its success and its cult status is the influence that Bauhaus design principles have had on its development.

The Bauhaus design movement started in Germany and is an architectural movement which has had a huge influence in the design of all sorts of products, not just buildings. Germany is well known for its fine industrial engineering and a small pen company in Heidelberg employed designers who were part of the Bauhaus movement to design its Lamy 2000 pen.

The success of the Lamy 2000 pen propelled this small pen company based in Heidelberg onto the world stage and a pen that was first released in 1966 is still being manufactured today.

Bauhaus design holds that form, that is the beauty of something, should play second fiddle to its function, that is the use of the product. So while Lamy pens are beautiful to look at they perform exceptionally well because the first priority of any Bauhaus designer is how the product or object actually performs its primary task or job.

So you will notice that Lamy pens sport clean, minimalist design and bright primary colors and are quite quirky among fountain pens but are very highly regarded nevertheless.

They are super starter pens for anyone thinking of using a fountain pen in their everyday life, work or school because they have a great, inexpensive range for starters as well as high quality foungain pens such as the Lamy 2000, Pur, Dialog 3, Studio and many others.
Furthermore they produce a good range of promotional pens which can be great, unique products to promote your companys brand and which leave a great impression with the recipient.

Lamy also produce ballpoint pens but it is the fountain pen that the company is best known for and which ensures a place in the heart of all pen lovers and aficionados. Few quality pen manufacturers such as Lamy supply such a range of quality pens ranging in style and price points and if you are a lover of good, pragmatic and functional design you should treat yourself to a Lamy fountain pen.

Searching on the internet is a great way to see what is available and online specialist pen resellers as well as big shopping portals such as Amazon and Ebay will allow you to assess prices and characteristics of what is available and to suit your budget. Just make sure to get an ink converter as writing with a Lamy pen is so much fun that you will soon run out of cartridges and a converter with some good quality ink is much cheaper in the long run.

Another very popular pen is the Parker Sonnet so lets take a look at that one now.

Parker Sonnet fountain pen
The Parker sonnet fountain pen has fast become a collector’s item for many pen lovers.It is a very popular choice amongst Parker pen lovers, of which there are many in the United States especially.

The Parker pen company has been around for over 120 years. Mixing a combination of new technology, innovation, style and a certain perception of quality and verve has kept Parker in business and successful during nearly a century and a quarter since they have started making pens. The Parker Sonnet fountain pen is the culmination of this work and no doubt will be viewed as a classic among classic fountain pens.

What exactly does Parker do to earn this high level of respect and customer loyalty? The answer is in several places and not necessarily where one would expect to find them.

One of the perks to a Parker is simply in the customizable nature of the pen. Parker makes sure that their customers preferences are met at every turn starting with the nib which includes stainless steel nibs to solid gold nibs.

For those who prefer a softer touch the solid gold nib is really the way to go. It is pricier, but for those with an eye for detail will notice your pen right off and would no doubt not fail to take note of your pen. For those with a heavier hand it is recommended you go with a stainless or gold plated nib. These write harder but are more utilitarian and provide a much more durable utensil.

Customizable shafts are another part of the Parker secret to success. While they currently offer 11 different styles of pen shaft, each one is decidedly Parker and goes a long ways towards showing that you are a member of an exclusive club- nearly a secret society. Parker fountain pen enthusiasts do not advertise it on t-shirts, but they do recognize another user when they see the pen come out. New Parker owners are surprised to find themselves in pen conversations all the time.

Another, and probably one of the most important aspects of the Parker Sonnet fountain pen series is the opportunity for becoming an heirloom. These pens are built to last and like so many other heirlooms of the bygone eras, they have an intrinsic value to them that harkens back to the days of pocket watches and cameos.

The Parker Sonnet series carries on that type of style and tradition while utilizing the newest technology in mechanics and metallurgy. Parker Sonnet fountain pens do all of these things and provide a stable, dependable and elegant writing instrument.

Lamy and Parker pens are just two of the brands which are pre-eminent amongst pen collectors the world over. Other leading brands include Sheaffer, Pelikan, Mont Blanc and Waterman.