Why is it important to care for your fountain pens?
Fountain pens are not just fine writing instruments; they are investments. With proper care, your Method Fountain Pens will last a lifetime. Caring for your pens ensures smooth writing, prevents ink clogs, and maintains their value. Here are some essential tips to keep your Method Fountain Pens in top condition.
1. Clean your pen regularly
Regular cleaning is crucial to maintain the performance of all Fountain Pens. Start by disassembling the pen and rinsing the nib, feed, and ink converter (provided with all Method Fountain Pens) with lukewarm water. Gently wipe the pen with a soft cloth and let it air dry before reassembling.
Several finishes of the Method Fountain Pen are available, being crafted from different materials gives the products varying qualities and timeless features. The stainless steel version is arguably the most resilient material and you may choose to clean its surface occasionally with warm water but otherwise requires little care. If you have opted for the pen in brass this material acts quite differently and will age naturally, developing a beautiful patina over time the more it is handled. If you prefer though it can always be brought back to its original lustre with a quick polish.
2. Use high-quality ink
Choosing the right ink is essential for the longevity of your fountain pen. Opt for high-quality, fountain pen-friendly inks. Avoid using India ink or calligraphy ink, as they are typically more viscose and can clog the pen.
3. Store your pens properly
When not in use, store fountain pens either upright with the nib facing upwards or horizontally with the nib on its side - never store upright with the nib facing downwards as gravity can cause an excessive amount of ink to flow to the nib and feeder. Also avoid placing them in extreme temperatures or direct sunlight, as this can affect the ink flow.
4. Avoid excessive pressure
One of the beauties of using a fountain pen is its effortless writing experience. Avoid applying excessive pressure while writing, as it can damage the nib and affect the ink flow. Let the pen glide smoothly across the paper, allowing the ink to flow naturally.
5. Use your pen regularly
Fountain pens are designed to be used regularly. If you leave your pen unused for an extended period, the ink may dry out and clog the nib. To prevent this, make sure to use your Method Fountain Pens at least once every few days. If you won't be using them for an extended period, clean and empty the pen before storing it.
Caring for your Method Fountain Pens is essential to maintain their performance and longevity. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your pens provide you with a smooth and enjoyable writing experience for years to come.