Fountain Pens and Shaving Instruments

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Thanks for the tip @Vacumatic . My same brass fountain pen arrived from China a few days ago and I must say it's a nice writer and feels great in the hand. I can see why you like it.
I must admit that I like this pen more than I should. It feels very different from all my other pens, its always cool, to the touch anf has a very good look to it, you know that it will still be around 100 years from now and it works very well.

In these days where we are thinking about the environment more than ever, I am pleased that it is not disposable, better than recyclable it is endlessly reusable and all for not a lot of money,
 
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Yes it takes International cartridges. From memory, the pen comes with a converter so that you can fill the pen from a bottle of ink.

There are a number of people who are selling similar pens to this one at prices from £4 to £35+ and they are similar to a Kaweco brass pen which is german made at £70 although I have owned 3 Kawecos and regretted buying them.

Not sure that forum rules permit giving you an ebay link but seller soyoung54 has stock.

Perhaps I must have been a brassfounder in a previous life because I also like brass nesting screwdrivers.
 

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@fancontroller @Vacumatic Does it take Int'l Std. cartridges?
I should have said that there is a whole range of cartridges available to you and you can do a lot better than what you may be able to buy on the High Street.

This online seller in Bury St Edmonds offers a perfect service from his shop and stocks a huge range of cartridges and bottled inks. Link attached for the cartridges. The only type I would avoid are the shimmer inks.

 
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I have been interested in the Kaweco fountain pen for ages. I didn't realise there was a chinese 'tribute'. I ordered a silver one a couple of weeks ago from ebay from China. It arrived this morning.
Very impressed, nice weight and very well built.

It was around £3.50 delivered. I'm struggling to see how they make any money from it.

Unfortunately, I think I have a dud. I put an ink cartridge in it and discovered that it skips quite badly.

Anyone have any tips on how to fix the nib?
 
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I have been interested in the Kaweco fountain pen for ages. I didn't realise there was a chinese 'tribute'. I ordered a silver one a couple of weeks ago from ebay from China. It arrived this morning.
Very impressed, nice weight and very well built.

It was around £3.50 delivered. I'm struggling to see how they make any money from it.

Unfortunately, I think I have a dud. I put an ink cartridge in it and discovered that it skips quite badly.

Anyone have any tips on how to fix the nib?

The first job is to have a good look at the nib, ideally through a jewellers loupe or strong glasses. The end of the nib should be perfectly in line, the tips as 00. The pen probably came with a converter, use this to flush the pen using warm water with a couple of drops of washing up liquid, what you are looking to do is to check that the pen is cleaned of any manufacturing oils or similar from the pen.

The pen will take International cartidges, some of these are are a lot better than others, to remove this question see if you can find a bottle of ink and fill the pen using the converter. One of the crazy things, unlike DE blades, is that all manufacturers cartridges will not fit all pens.

I am reasonably sure that the problem will now be fixed, most Chinese pens are good to go straight away, I have bought many of these pens from China and always been happy with the results, especially at the price.

If you are still having problems I will happily have a look at the pen for you and see if I can make it work, if you want to have a go yourself, try some me nib smoothing. You will need one of the following,

Micromesh sheets
A piece of shiny soft metal such as copper or aluminium,
Something mildly abrasive such as a piece of flint or polished granite or marble,

The idea is that you are going to draw some figure of 8s and lines on pne of the above as you will be polishing the tip of the nib. The pen should have ink or water inside the pen as a lubricant for this proceedure and you should work the nib for about 2 minutes.

One last test is to fill the pen with ink, take a damp paper towel, stand the pen upright nib down on the towel and leave if for 30 minutes. The ink should move down the nib by capillary action and the towel should now bevery ink coloured. If it doesnt happen then there is a substantial manufacturing fault or the ink in the cartridge is dried up, or is not for fountain pens but for drawing pens such as India ink.

As I said, I am quite happy to look at the pen and see if it is a dud, no charge.

If I had to identify the most likely fault I would be looking at the ink supply first of all, preferably filling from an ink bottle or a use a different cartridge, as with many things, eliminate the easy stuff before moving on to the things that need work.
 
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Thanks for the generous offer, it is very much appreciated.

I did a quick Google after posting and watched a couple of you tube vids. You were correct, the tips were misaligned. I managed to straighten them and the pen now writes smoothly.

The only issue remaining is that when first using it it takes a couple of strokes to get the ink flowing, after that it seems fine.

It's been a while since I used a fountain pen so I'm not sure if that's normal or not.

I have a few Parker Vectors, a Lamy and a rather nice Kickstarter Namisu. I can't remember if I had the same issue with any of those.
 
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Thanks for the generous offer, it is very much appreciated.

I did a quick Google after posting and watched a couple of you tube vids. You were correct, the tips were misaligned. I managed to straighten them and the pen now writes smoothly.

The only issue remaining is that when first using it it takes a couple of strokes to get the ink flowing, after that it seems fine.

It's been a while since I used a fountain pen so I'm not sure if that's normal or not.

I have a few Parker Vectors, a Lamy and a rather nice Kickstarter Namisu. I can't remember if I had the same issue with any of those.

Good result on the nib straightening. It sounds like the ink flow is still a bit dry, this might be due to the ink or the setting of the nib. It may be a little bit high as compared to the feed. Firstly, squeeze the nib to the feed using your finger and thumb, dont use too much pressure, you are looking to check that the feed is making good contact with the nib, especially close to the end of the nib. Please see the image 1. Gentle pressure on the nib should fix this but you may need to check the alignment again afterwards.

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Whilst you are moving the nib around try pushing the nib home as far as you can so that the feed covers as much of the underside of the nib as possible, you do this by pushing on the shoulders of the nib, you may need a tissue to protect your fingers.

Finally check the alignment of the nib, you are looking for the slit to be parallel ideally, just touching may work but have problems, splayed needs fixing. If its a problem then come back and we can work on this


image 2.jpg
 
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