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How to fill a fountain Pen
The parts of your fountain pen

Your fountain pen consists of four parts when assembled—the cap, the nib, the barrel, and the ink reservoir. Most reservoirs are either a piston converter, a cartridge or an ink bladder. The converter and ink bladder require fountain pen bottled ink. The cartridge is a self-contained, disposable unit filled with ink.

Ink Reservoirs
Removing the barrel

First remove the cap. Then remove the barrel by turning it counterclockwise.

removing the barrel
1. Filling with a fountain pen converter

Place the fountain pen, nib first, into the bottle of ink until the nib is entirely covered (Figure A). Twist the piston converter counterclockwise at the top. This forces the air out of the converter. Then twist the top of the piston converter clockwise to draw the ink up into the converter. While holding the nib above the bottle of ink, slowly twist the piston converter counterclockwise until a bead of ink flows from the tip of the nib (Figure B). Gently blot excess ink from the nib with a lint-free cloth or blotter paper.

filling a fountain pen
2. Inserting a fountain pen cartridge

Remove the piston converter by gently pulling it away from the nib. Insert a fountain pen cartridge into the nib and push firmly until the cartridge seats itself. You will hear a small click. You can easily switch between bottled ink and cartridges by rinsing the nib and piston converter with cool water periodically.

inserting a fountain pen cartridge
3a. Filling with a standard ink bladder

Place the fountain pen, nib first, into the bottle of ink until the nib is entirely covered (Figure A). Press the metal bar to deflate the bladder (Figure B).

Slowly release the metal bar to draw the ink up into the bladder (Figure C). Remove the nib from the ink and gently blot excess ink from the nib with a lint-free cloth or blotter paper.

filling with a standard ink bladder
3b. Filling with a crescent ink bladder

Turn the locking ring to the opening (Figure A). Place the fountain pen, nib first, into the bottle of ink until the nib is entirely covered. Press the crescent in to deflate the bladder (Figure B). Slowly release the crescent to draw the ink up into the bladder (Figure C). Then turn the locking ring back into place so that the crescent cannot be pressed down (Figure D). Gently blot excess ink from the nib with a lintfree cloth or blotter paper.

filling a with a crescent ink bladder
Remember to replace the barrel after you fill up

Twist the barrel of the fountain pen onto the nib section.

replace barrel after fill up

Now you’re fueled to write.