Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 3: How to Maintain Your Pens

Fountain Pen Guide Session 3 Maintaining Your Pens Cover Photo

Welcome to the third entry in my fountain pen guide. In this session, I’ll be guiding you through how to take a pen that’s writing poorly and fix it up, making it write like new! Don’t worry if you’re an absolute beginner, I’ll explain everything as clearly as possible, with step by step guides to help you along. Remember that as with all these guides, any unusual word will be highlighted in red and defined at the bottom of this page!

Do note that this is not the be all and end all of maintenance guides, and I can’t cover every possible scenario. Also note that this is not a restoration guide. That may be for a different day. You can use some of these techniques to get older, dried-up pens up and running, however.

CONTENTS
OVERVIEW  |  GENERAL MAINTENANCE  |  FLOW FIXERS  |  NIB GRINDING/SMOOTHNESS

DISCLAIMER: I will not hold any responsibility for pens possibly broken or ruined by you or anyone else after following these instructions. These instructions are very general, and your pen may have more wrong with it than you thought initially. Again I recommend you keep calm when attempting these steps, as any excessive force exerted on your pen can possibly ruin it! If you are afraid of breaking your pen, please send it to a knowledgeable service person that is able to fix your pen for you! Please make sure you diagnose your problem properly before attempting to do some permanent changes. Continue reading

Preventing Hand Fatigue During Long Writing Sessions

Hand Pain

Oh poo, I’ve gone and vice gripped my pen and broken my thumb

Exams. We all hate them, but we all have to do them. One thing that comes up regularly during long, fast-paced writing sessions is hand fatigue. About 20 minutes into an exam, people tend to get an awful pain in their hand muscles that leads to messy writing and regularly taking breaks, something you can’t afford in a timed setting.

Recently a reader, Chris, emailed me about this very topic and asked for help on finding a great pen for those long exams. My response? Focus on your grip first.

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How To Put The Enjoyment Into Your Everyday Mundane Tasks (On the Cheap!)

For the past year I have been on a course of self-improvement in the way I do things. Whilst people will preach that you should eat healthy, exercise more, sleep earlier, and stay in school, those things are a given.

What if you could just make everything you do something to look forward to. That’s what I have been attempting to do. Let me explain.

Self improvement is a continuous process – we are always trying to achieve more than we already are. Well, most of us. I’m kind of on the fence. Not quite productive and amazing in every facet of life, but I like to think I am in some! I bet a lot of other people are in the same boat. However no matter what you’re good at, there are many things you aren’t good at, and consequently don’t enjoy.

What I discovered recently is that I was taking a lot of those things and attempting to get good at them, or at least make them fun!

Enough Philosophical Crap…

OK, onto the point of this post. I will give you three examples of things I previously disliked, or didn’t do all that often, and how I’m working to make them enjoyable, regular parts of my life.

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