This is not my typical blog post, but well, I’m getting older and staring at computer screens for whole days is not my thing anymore. One of the activities which I have long enjoyed is handwriting with fountain pens…
Noodler's Antietam is beautiful brown ink, but it's almost impossible to change it without altering the color of a new ink. In the past I had been usually refilling the converter with a new ink, scribbling a little bit and that was it. This method failed me with Antietam. I don't know if it was a feature of cheaper inks or a property of specific brand, but with Antietam I had to develop a procedure of cleaning the pen before changing inks to fully enjoy the new, unaffected color:
- do all of these steps over the sink to prevent unintentional stains;
- first, clean the converter with a running water;
- fill it with a clean water and install it in your pen;
- push the water though your pen;
- repeat steps 2 and 3 until you no longer see any ink in the water dipping from your pen (usually 4-5 times);
- do the same with the air: push it several times through your pen to remove any water from inside.
Most guides usually don’t mention step 5, but it’s quite important in my opinion, as it prevents 2 things: nib’s corrosion and diluting new ink with remaining water. The whole procedure is a little longer than simply changing the ink and requires the sink, but at least I can enjoy a new color whenever I want.