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How To Clean Fountain Pens

Fountain pens are great, but the cleaning is, to put it lightly, a chore. Maintaining and caring for fountain pens takes time, and even if you don’t baby your pens their water-based ink still runs out more quickly than a ballpoint or rollerball. Want to change ink color? That requires a cleaning too.

So cleaning comes with the territory, but what’s the right way to do it?

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Fountain Pen Cartridge Guide

In theory fountain pen cartridges should be easy — you insert one into your pen and you start writing. In practice, they are rather confusing. Some only work on one brand of pen, some work on lots of pens, but they all look alike. The are not labeled well and the downside of messing up an cartridge installation can be a broken pen (bad) or a leaky cartridge (usually worse).

This guide should help with some of your common fountain pen cartridge questions as well help you visually identify which cartridge is which.

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Platinum Fountain Pen Converter

Platinum Converter

Platinum pens use a proprietary converter and cartridge design. Luckily Platinum makes an excellent converter that sells in a very classy gold or silver design. It is a screw mechanism and is included with higher-end Platinum pens. This is a popular choice for the 3776 Century but will fit almost all Platinum fountain pens.

Don’t miss our Platinum fountain pen buying guide to learn more about these pens.

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Platinum Fountain Pen Buying Guide

Platinum 3776 Century

Platinum is one of Japan’s “Big Three” pen companies, but it doesn’t seem to get the same level of attention as the other two, at least in the United States. Despite that, Platinum makes some of our favorite fountain pens.

If you are considering buying a Platinum fountain pen which should you lean towards? Which are sure-fire hits that no one can deny is a great pen? Read on to find out.

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Fountain Pen Help: What is a Music Nib?

Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen

If you have been learning about fountain pens and have dug deep enough to get into the world of specialty nibs, perhaps you have come across the term “music nib.” After some immediate confusion perhaps you took a guess and figured out it’s a nib for writing musical notes… or is it a nib that produces wonderful music as you write? Just kidding — it’s definitely the former — but what does that mean in practice? What is a music nib and why might you want to own one?

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Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen

The Plaisir is a Platinum Preppy fountain pen with a metal body as opposed to a plastic one. Then pens are otherwise identical, but the Plaisir has a slightly nicer feel because of the aluminum body and cap. The cap is a bit ornate for the otherwise modern styling of the pen, but it’s nice nonetheless.

The Plaisir is featured in our Platinum buying guide but isn’t one of our favorites thanks to it being substantially the same pen as the Preppy.

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Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen

The Preppy is a disposable, refillable fountain pen from Platinum. It is probably the best fountain pen under $5 and possibly under $10, thanks to it’s excellent writing, dependability, and ability to easily convert it into a eye dropper pen. The Preppy has a steel nib that can slide off the pen for cleaning or swapping with some of Platinum’s other pens, like the Plaisir.

To learn more about it, don’t miss our Platinum pen buying guide, which highly recommends the Preppy.

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