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Old 03-16-10, 01:12 PM
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Anyone here know about fountain pen repair?

So I bought me a real swell pen a few years ago (new) and it did not write so great out of the box. Because I had less fancy pens that I knock around with this one didn't get used so much and when i finally decided to bust it out more often the warranty period had ended.

Anyway, the problem: It doesn't 'skip' (stop writing intermittently), but it does have a problem starting - usually the first vertical stroke has no ink - so if I am writing "the" in cursive, the h and e come out fine, but the upright of the t does not. Also, if I write a long word, towards the end of the word there is almost too much ink flow, and the letters get a little blotty. I should add this pen came in fine, bold and medium nibs - mine is the fine.

Here's the weird part - I emptied and cleaned the pen out, and tried writing with it as a dip pen. In other words, no ink in the chamber, just what I got by dipping the nib into the ink bottle. It has a large nib and the feeder held enough ink to write a paragraph or two. And it had no starting issues. Or blotting issues.

I've tried cleaning the pen out and using better inks and papers help somewhat, but it still has trouble starting unless I dip...

I had a pro look at it and they cleaned it out but said the pen has a baby's bottom nib and that is causing the problem. (If you have read this far and know pens, no explanation of BB is necessary)

Finally - my question:

If it is a nib problem like babys bottom, wouldn't it still have trouble starting when being dipped? Mind you, I am submerging the entire nib and feeder and ink flow is much more consistent and smooth, no writing/starting issues. And that lasts for a paragraph or two.

when the chamber is doing the feeding the pen it won't start well and is less consistent...wouldn't that be an internal ink flow problem?

I also called the manufacturer's service center and they said I'd need to send it back to Italy for possible replacement. but remember - no more warranty
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Old 03-17-10, 05:23 AM
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I love fountain pens....but know nothng about them as far as repair goes.
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You might try Richard Binder at richardspens.com. Well know repairman.
Or the fountainpennetwork.com forum. There are a lot of discussions there about stuff like that problem.
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If you haven't used it much it may not be 'worn in'. Many nibs will wear to your writing style and become more reliable.
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Old 03-17-10, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Swamper View Post
You might try Richard Binder at richardspens.com. Well know repairman.
Or the fountainpennetwork.com forum. There are a lot of discussions there about stuff like that problem.
+1 on Richard.
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Have you tried filling it with blood?
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Have you tried filling it with blood?
For important contracts, yes, but it's a pain for everyday use. If you had to write a lot you'd go woozy.
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It does not have to be your blood, just human, IIRC.
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It does not have to be your blood, just human, IIRC.
That just starts to get really complicated.

Would TruBlood (TM) be ok?
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As long as it tastes real, yes.
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Old 03-18-10, 01:10 PM
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OP's in New York, gotta be someone fairly local. NYC has everything.
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The only repair I know is replace bladder, replace nib
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If the OP's in NYC, there's a place in Manhattan called the Fountain Pen Hospital. They sell most of the big name pens and some of the smaller ones, and do just about everything repair-wise. No financial interest, just aware and have heard good things.

The fountain pen forum mentioned above is good as there are several members who do repairs.
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OP's in New York, gotta be someone fairly local. NYC has everything.
Ah NY. Then take it to Fountain Pen Hospital. Joon's could help as well. Sounds like the tines need adjusting.
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In addition to pen hospital in downtown, try 212-614-3020, they're small, appointment only...
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Thanks all - yeah, I've had FPH replace a bladder on my dad's old Esterbrook (I used to work right around the corner from them).

I had another nib meister, Deb Kinney regrind an Esterbrook nib for me (made it a cursive italic); I'll probably send her back the new pen (she cleaned it out for me already) for a nib repair and maybe get this one made into an italic as well...does anyone have any personal experience with Richard Binder? - his site is awesome!

And Jsharr, I'll need some B+ ink. About...oh, say, $24 worth.

I'll be by on my jet ski to pick it up in a little while.
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do you want jsharr blood or just random b+?
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Thanks all - yeah, I've had FPH replace a bladder on my dad's old Esterbrook (I used to work right around the corner from them).

I had another nib meister, Deb Kinney regrind an Esterbrook nib for me (made it a cursive italic); I'll probably send her back the new pen (she cleaned it out for me already) for a nib repair and maybe get this one made into an italic as well...does anyone have any personal experience with Richard Binder? - his site is awesome!

And Jsharr, I'll need some B+ ink. About...oh, say, $24 worth.

I'll be by on my jet ski to pick it up in a little while.
Yes, I have had several nibs repaired and reground by Richard. High quality work always.
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