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Old 18 February 2023, 12:23 AM   #1
mjm700
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Why do my FPs seem to run dry quickly?

Wondering if I am doing something wrong or not getting a full refill on my MB fountain pens. I can't really quantify or provide a good measure since I switch pens often but my FPs seem to run dry very quickly. All of my FPs are MB so can't compare by brand.

Rather than try to confirm my experience, it would be great to just hear some of your recommendations on how to ensure you get a good refill and what you do to maintain ink during use -

Do you frequently flush out with warm water when you refill? Anything to be careful of?
Do you dip the nib in the ink to a certain level when filling?
Do you clean the nib a certain way after you refill to avoid loosing too much ink?
Are you diligent about replacing the cap during use?
Any other recommendations or frequent causes of running dry too early?

Thanks for any thoughts.
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Old 18 February 2023, 06:02 AM   #2
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I flush with cool water, not warm.

I insert the full nib and first part of the section in ink when I fill.

I then quickly swipe nib and section under running water and then dry.

I always replace the cap if I will not be writing almost immediately.
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Old 18 March 2023, 11:15 AM   #3
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I flush with cool water, not warm.

I insert the full nib and first part of the section in ink when I fill.

I then quickly swipe nib and section under running water and then dry.

I always replace the cap if I will not be writing almost immediately.
I do the same. OP, how do you store your pen when not writing?
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Old 20 March 2023, 07:36 AM   #4
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Don't know how much this plays a part but what are your nib sizes. All of my pens are on the fine or medium spectrum. Maybe if you use a more broad nib, you're putting down more ink per stroke and that gives you the impression of running dry faster? How much writing are you doing i.e. couple signatures a day or are you writing full pages?
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