Care and Use
Caring for your new pen:
DO NOT leave your pen in the car. The temperature extremes experienced in a car can damage or destroy your fine writing instrument. Although it is designed to handle a lifetime of use, it will not tolerate abuse. DO NOT use cleaning fluids or any abrasive substances (like car wax) on any part of your writing instrument. The fluids and/or abrasives will damage the finish. DO NOT press hard when writing, as this will damage the nib. A good fountain pen should glide effortlessly across the paper. It’s a good idea to periodically flush the pen with cool water. DO NOT soak any part of your pen other than the nib assembly! Fountain pens are designed to hold liquids, not be immersed in them. If your pen is clogged with dried ink, soak it by placing it nib-down in only enough water to cover the nib and the lower part of the section, leaving the barrel dry. Doing this once every few months will keep ink from building up and interfering with ink flow. DO NOT use hot water or solvents... DO NOT. This will damage your fountain pen. Use only high grade inks intended for fountain pens. Any good brand will do, but I recommend Private Reserve or Noodler’s.
DO care for your fine writing instrument the way you would any fine wooden item. Protect it with a light coat of good furniture paste wax designed for wooden products. After proper drying, buff with a soft, clean cloth. This also applies to writing instruments made from synthetics.
DO keep your fine writing instrument from extremes of heat and cold. Both are enemies of wood. Some woods are very temperature sensitive and may split or develop cracks when exposed to extremes of heat or cold. By all means, DO use your new writing instrument. It is designed to be written with, not placed in a drawer, or on a shelf. Additional information concerning fountain pens: Before putting ink in your pen, it’s a good idea to break in the nib to your writing style. To accomplish this, make a series of scribbles, or curly-Qs on a piece of brown paper bag for about 60 seconds. Longer is even better. This will abrade the nib a bit and smooth out any rough spots that might be present.