Use the information in these pages to learn more about fountain pens. To assist you in remaining current, the five most recently added or edited articles are listed right here at the top of the page. For revised pages, I include a brief description of the changes.
New and Recently Edited Pages (most recent first)
Anatomy of a Fountain Pen
Design Features of Certain Pens
Nibs and Feeds
articles first appeared in To the Point Stylus Magazine. They appear here in the order of their original publication.
The Pen Detective’s Guide
From the Crypt
Pen Model Profiles
Pens and History
Caring for Your Pens
The Pen Doctor
I: Lockdown Vacumatic Dumps Ink When Filled; Nib Scratchy After Adjustment
II: Dealing with Skyline Plastics; Father’s Day Suggestions
III: Sac Size and Ink Blots; Brand-New Nibs That Aren’t Smooth
IV: New Pens That Stop Writing; Reducing Ink Flow
V: How to use Blotting Paper; Restoring Banana-Shaped Pens
VI: Repairing Metal Caps; Cleaning a Retractable Montblanc Bohème
VII: Fixing a Parker 45 That Does Not Flow; Old Pens: Fill Them, or…?
VIII: Finding cartridges for a Waterman C/F; Getting Dried Ink Out of Caps
IX: Basic Pen Care; INK NIX Revisited; Waterman C/F Cartridge Update
X: Changing Pelikan Nibs; Flow Problems in Recent Pelikans
XI: Vintage Aurora Flow Trouble; Fixing a Pelikan Piston?; Nib Tines That Won’t Stay Aligned
XII: Adjusting Flow in a Parker “51”; Leaking Targa Nibs; Finding Replacement Pen Sacs
XIII: More on Leaking Targa Nibs; Finding Replacement Pen Sacs; Using Ultrasonic Cleaners; Still More on Waterman C/F Converters!
XIV: Fixing Parker “51” Cap Clutches (Not!); More on Leaking Targa Nibs; Finding Replacement Nibs for Inexpensive Pens
XV: Rattling Lever in Sheaffer Pen; Converter Interchangeability?; Pelikan Nib Skips — Easy to Fix?
XVI: My Dip Nibs Won’t Hold Ink; Tightening a “51” Clip
XVII: Help for a Sheaffer Touchdown; Why Does My “51” Leak?; I Want a Flex Nib, and I Want It Now!
XVIII: Parker “51”: Who’s On First?; Front-End Disassembly and Reassembly of the “51”; Using Windex to Flush a Pen
XIX: Lubricating a Pelikan Piston; Trim Corrosion in Cigar-Box Pen Cases; Drippy Bulb Filler
XX: Reassembling a Balky Eversharp Skyline; Ink Gets All Over the Top of my Nib; Removing a Broken-Off Converter
XXI: Resacking with Silicone; Capless and VP: What’s the Difference?; Capless/Vanishing Point Capacity; Pens Gradually Lose Flow
XXII: C/C Pen Leaks Between Section & Converter; Loose Nib & Feed in a Pelikan 400NN; Adjusting flow in a Parker “51”
XXIII: Vanishing Point Dries Out; Using Other Inks in Montblanc Pens; Restoring Color in Celluloid That Was Exposed to Hot Water
XXIV: Pelikan Nib Interchangeability; Other Nib Interchangeability; Pencils in a Pen Pouch
XXV: Dealing with a Loose Parker “51” Collector; Removing a Waterman’s Lever; Pelikan 120 nibs?; Parker “51” Shell Adjustment
XXVI: Special “51” Issue: Removing a Stuck Cap Jewel; Aligning the Nib, Feed, and Collector; Cleaning a Collector; Repairing a Softened Sac Nipple
XXVII: Fixing Cap Threads That No Longer Engage Properly; Are Parker Lucky Curve Pens Easy to Repair?; Sacs for Esterbrook Pens
XXVIII: Crystallized Pen — What to Do?; Aurora 88 flow Issue; Pelikan Piston Unit Adjustment
XXIX: Vacumatic Filler Pellet Pops Out; Tines Touching, Poor Flow
XXX: Vacumatic Filler Collars Came Apart; Removing a Stuck Parker “51” Cap; Identifying Pen Materials by Smell
XXXI: Was My Pen Made by a Typewriter Company?; How do I Remove a Parker Vacumatic Nib?; Can I Use India Ink If I Just Dip?
XXXII: What Type of Nib Is This, Really?; Hard Starting with a BB Nib; Removing the Clutch from a Parker “51” Cap
XXXIII: Repairing a Crack in a Parker 61; Reattaching the Feed and Collector in a Parker Falcon 50; Identifying Eversharp Skylines
XXXIV: Blobs from a Freshly Filled Pen; Moldy Pens and What to Do About Them; Identifying Mold in a Bottle or Cartridge
XXXV: Nib Shifted on Feed; Identifying Parker “51” Nib Grades; Pencil Lead Won’t Load
XXXVI: Black Rod Fell Out of Snorkel Tube; Ink Bleeds When Applied Over Watercolor; Cleaning a Moldy Pen; Questions About Ink Composition
XXXVII: Inky Fingers from Touching a Feed; Disassembling a Filcao Columbia; Replacing the Retainer Strip in a Vacumatic Filler
XXXVIII: Ink to use with “Rite in the Rain” Paper; Good Material for Polishing Pens; Removing an Ossified Diaphragm from a Vacumatic
XXXIX: The Perennial Noodler’s ink Question; Should I buy an Ultrasonic Cleaner?; Sorely Troubled by a Snorkel Tube
Adventures in Pen Restoration
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