Cleaning Fountain Pens

Cleaning your Fountain Pen

Fountain pen ink is water soluble.  Do not use alcohol or other solvents to clean your pen.  It may damage the components.  

  1. Unscrew the barrel from the nib section.
  2. Rinse the nib by filling and emptying it with water (repeat this until the water is clear). Caution: Ink residue will flow out.
    1. If the pen uses a cartridge/converter, place the nib section into a beaker or other container of clean water and let it soak overnight. The water level should completely cover the nib.
    2. Let the nib soak for 10 to 15 minutes (for clogs, soak overnight if necessary). 
    3. Lightly blow air through the nib assembly to clear all liquid out of the nib.
    4. Dry the nib and gripping section with a lint-less soft cloth.
    5. Repeat this several times, then dry the nib and gripping section with a soft cloth or paper towel.
  3. Wash your pen every few weeks or whenever changing ink colors.