A Full Guide to Taking Care of a Fountain Pen For Beginners

A fountain pen is a luxurious writing tool that many people love to use. However, in order to keep it in good condition and ensure that it lasts well, you need to take care of it properly. In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of looking after a fountain pen, so that you can enjoy it for many years to come.

What Is A Fountain Pen?

A fountain pen is a writing instrument that uses a nib and ink reservoir to deliver ink to paper. Fountain pens come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors – and they can be found in any stationery store, or online. They’re made from a variety of materials including plastic, metal, and wood.

When you use a fountain pen, the ink flows smoothly from the nib onto the paper. This allows you to write with greater control and precision. Fountain pens can help to improve your handwriting because they force you to slow down and focus on each letter that you write.

How To Fill Your Fountain Pen

For full details on this subject, check out some of the specialist websites and blogs online. If you have a Mont Blanc Fountain Pen you can find specific guidance on how to refill it, alongside advice on refilling cartridge and converter pens. You can also learn about the different types of fountain pens, how to make fountain pen ink and discover how long the ink lasts. There are three main ways to fill a fountain pen: cartridge, converter, or eyedropper:

  • Cartridge: Most cartridges are disposable, but some brands offer refillable options. To fill your pen with a cartridge, simply remove the cap from the nib section of your pen and insert it into the opening. Push until you hear a click, then screw the cap back on.
  • Converter: A converter is a reusable cartridge that can be filled with the ink of your choice. Remove the converter from the barrel of your pen and unscrew the knob at the top. Next, twist the knob clockwise to draw ink into the converter. Once it’s full, screw the knob back on and reinsert the converter into the pen barrel.
  • Eye Dropper: Remove the cap from the nib section of your pen and place the metal tube of the eye dropper directly over the opening of the nib. Slowly squeeze the bulb at the top of the eye dropper to fill the pen with ink. Once it’s full, replace the cap on the nib section.

How To Clean Fountain Pens

Cleaning your fountain pen is important to keep it in good condition and prevent clogs. There are two main ways to achieve this: flushing and disassembling.


Flushing is a quick way to clean your pen without having to take it apart. Fill your sink with clean water and remove the ink cartridge or converter from your pen. Holding the nib section under running water, depress the plunger to push water through the pen. Repeat this step until the water runs clear from the nib. Next, unscrew the barrel of your pen and hold it under running water. Gently shake or tap your fountain pen to remove any excess water, then place it upside down on a towel to dry overnight.


You may need to disassemble your pen every few months for a more thorough cleaning. This is an advanced method and should only be attempted if you’re comfortable taking your pen apart. Remove the ink cartridge or converter from your pen. Using a small screwdriver, unscrew the nib assembly from the barrel of the pen. Soak all parts in a cup of clean water for a few hours. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub any remaining ink off of the parts. Rinse everything thoroughly and allow it to dry overnight.

How To Store Your Fountain Pen

If you leave your pen out in the open (on your desk or counter) it will be more likely to dry out quickly. Instead, keep your fountain pen in a drawer or box where it will be protected from the elements. You can buy special cases designed specifically for storing fountain pens. If you’re going to be transporting it, put it in a case or bag so that it doesn’t get jostled around too much.

There’s nothing like writing with a quality fountain pen. Now that you know more about taking care of yours, you’ll be able to get more from it. It’ll work better, be more enjoyable to use and will serve you for longer as a result.