Handmade Fountain Pens
We are happy to offer a large selection of handmade fountain pens for you to choose from! We have multiple styles, woods, and acrylics. Want something unique and special not listed on our website? Contact us and give us the details of your request and we will give you a quote and timing estimate.
Fountain Pen Nibs
Our fountain pens ship with medium point fountain pen nibs, which our customers love! However, we know that fountain pen nibs can be a very personal choice. While we don’t offer alternative nibs at this time, it’s very easy to install your own nib!
To install your own nib, gently grasp the sides of the nib and feeder and pull gently. The nib and feeder will slide out. Once out, you can place the new nib on top of the feeder, then gently push it back in to the nib holder. Make sure it’s secure in the holder and you’re all set!
Not sure you want to try this yourself? We’re happy to replace the nibs on pens prior to shipping. You can either send us the nib you’d like us to use, or let us know what type you want and we will purchase and replace it for you.
Fountain Pen Ink
I get asked all the time about fountain pen ink! There are two options for feeding ink to your fountain pen.
Disposable Ink Cartridges
Disposable ink cartridges are convenient and easy to use. You can purchase packs of them from office supply stores or online, and when one runs out, you just dispose of it and install a new one. While very convenient, disposable ink cartridges don’t allow for much variation in color, and I find they tend not to utilize the pen’s full potential.
Piston converters allow for complete flexibility! When you want to use a bottle of ink, the piston converter is the option to choose. With a piston converter, you dip the nib of the pen in a bottle of ink, turn the end of the piston converter, and it fills the reservoir. Periodically, you’ll need to twist the piston converter as the ink gets used up so that the ink continues to flow smoothly.
Bottled ink varies tremendously! Different ink brands have different properties, from different flow rates to anti-clogging properties. Ideally, you want an ink with a good flow that doesn’t clog. You should also choose an ink with good lubrication so that the pen writes smoothly.
My favorite ink brand is Waterman, which would be a perfect choice for anyone just starting off with fountain pens. Their color selection, however, is not as broad as other brands. Many people really enjoy Noodler’s ink due to the large variety of unique colors. I use Noodler’s periodically, but it does tend to require more care. I find that I need to thoroughly clear out the pen nib on a fairly regular basis, especially if I haven’t used the pen in a few days.
If you’re going to change inks, hold the nib upside down under a steady stream of water and run it until the water runs clear out of the tip of the nib. Clean out the converter by filling it and clearing it with water until there are no traces of the previous ink. If you prefer, you can also just use a different converter for different inks.
Fountain Pen Maintenance
Fountain pen maintenance is not as difficult as you might imagine! While it requires more care than a rollerball or ballpoint pen, it’s really quite easy and well worth the joys of writing with a fountain pen.
If you’re not going to use your pen for a while, it’s recommended to disconnect the piston converter or ink cartridge and clean out the nib thoroughly. This will keep the ink from hardening in the nib and feeder. If you forget to do this, it typically isn’t a major problem, but you may need to clean the nib and feeder thoroughly before you use your pen again.
Avoid leaving your pen nib-down when not in use. This will cause ink to flow into the nib and feeder, and will increase the likelihood of clotting. You can leave it on its side, or in a nib-up position.
If you find that you have ink in the reservoir but it’s not flowing (this often happens when you haven’t used the pen in a while), you may just have some clotting in the nib and feeder. Put a little bit of water on your finger and let just one or two drops fall on the top side of the nib. Wipe it off after a few seconds and try again. If that doesn’t work, you may need to completely clean the nib and feeder.
To completely clean the nib and feeder, disconnect the reservoir and hold the nib and feeder upside down under a steady flow of water. Let it run until the water is running clear through the tip of the nib. Let the nib and feeder dry, then reassemble.