Caring for your Write Reverend Pen

Your Write Reverend Pen is collector-quality, but is designed to be used. With proper care, it should provide many years of service. Some simple, reasonable steps will preserve the beauty and functionality of your pen.

Refilling your Write Reverend Pen

Write Reverend Pens use standard refills that are available in most office supply stores. Each pen comes with a card indicating the type of refill and how the refill is installed. A well-stocked store will generally have a range of colors and tip size for their refills. Some of the ballpoint refills are also available in gel or liquid ink for those who prefer this style. While it should be simple to find an appropriate refill, we would be happy to assist you if you have any difficulties.

Fountain Pen Care

If you are new to fountain pen use, there are a few things that will make your experience more enjoyable. Fountain pens provide a smooth, satisfying writing experience. While it may look complicated, it really is simple. Most of this will seem very natural, but since many people haven't used fountain pens (or haven't used them in a while), here are some pointers.

Fountain pens work differently than ballpoint pens. Liquid ink flows from the nib onto the paper by capillary action. A soft touch is all that is required. Do not press hard when writing, since will this can damage the nib. Pressure does not make it write better. A good fountain pen should glide smoothly across paper. A fountain pen nib gradually adapts itself to the writing style of the user. This depends on how you hold it - everyone has a different style. For this reason, we recommend that you not lend a fine fountain pen to another user.

When your pen is new, you may find it helpful to "break it in" before inking it. To do this, "write" or doodle on a brown paper bag for around ten minutes. Then ink your pen and begin using it. The pen will have a head-start on adapting to your hand.

To fill the pen, insert a pre-filled cartridge into the pen. This will usually cause the ink to flow to the nib. The first time you ink a fountain pen, you may find it helpful to gently squeeze the cartridge or to give a the body a light flick. (Do these things very gently - ink flows easily!). When a pen is regularly used, this should not be necessary.

Instead of the pre-filled cartridges you may want to install a converter pump in your pen. This allows you to use bottled ink which offers a wide range of colors. To fill the pump, dip the writing nib into the ink and slowly twist the converter pump (or squeeze it if that is the type you have). This will fill the converter. Once it is filled, gently clean the writing nib with a soft tissue. Be careful to keep your fingers clean - this is simple, but easily forgotten the first time! There are many high quality bottled inks available in an amazing range of colors. Be sure that you use inks designed for fountain pens. India Ink is sometimes found, but can damage your pen. It is not designed to be used with fountain pens.

You will likely want to periodically clean your fountain pen, particularly if it hasn't been used in a while or if you plan to store it. Filling it with cool water and emptying it once every few months will keep dried ink from building up and interfering with ink flow. Do not use hot water or solvents.

If you carry your pen with you, keep it nib upwards and you should have no problem with leakage. Be very careful that the cap does not come off while carrying a pen - its capilary action can quickly stain clothing if the nib contacts cloth. We recommend that you do not fly with a fountain pen as changes in pressure can cause the ink to leak.

You will find that writing with a fountain pen can be very satisfying. It's a lot simpler than it sounds. Enjoy yourself!