Ink Flow Tips

Your calligraphy pen doesn’t write or writes with an unsteady flow?

This can happen for various reasons – the ink has dried out or is clogging the nib? Don’t worry, We have some useful troubleshooting tips ready for you!

10 troubleshooting steps to get the ink flowing in your Calligraphy Pen

1. Check the cartridge: is it full of ink? Is the cartridge firmly pushed into the nib section?
2. Replace the cartridge or push it in more firmly if needed.
3. Try writing again, still nothing happens?
4. 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 until the ink comes through. If this doesn’t happen follow the next step.
5. Carefully remove the cartridge holding it upright so that the ink doesn’t spill out! Put the cartridge aside in an upright position.
6. Pour slightly soapy warm water through the nib section
7. Dry the nib thoroughly
8. Replace the cartridge holding it upright to avoid spilling.
9. Try writing again
10. Yes, it works! Calligraphy requires patience and practice. Enjoy!

5 care tips to get the ink flowing in your Calligraphy Pen

  • Use Manuscript European size ink cartridges.
  • Never use waterproof or pigmented inks, which will clog your pen.
  • Do not squeeze your cartdrige to stimulate ink flow as this can damage your cartridge. 
  • Do not drop or knock your pen against a hard surface. To avoid accidental damage, replace the cap after use.This also stops the ink drying in the pen.
  • Wash the nib occasionally after use as follows: remove the ink cartridge then swill the nib in slightly soapy, warm water. Dry it thoroughly.
  • Always carry a fountain pen with the nib pointing upwards.

Feel free to contact us for any problems with your pen. We will be happy to help you have a great calligraphy experience!

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