Ink Nouveau #22- Flushing a fountain pen with a bulb syringe

If you own a cartridge/converter pen, then I don’t have to tell you that one of the most tedious tasks is cleaning it out. You’re sitting there, twisting and untwisting that stupid little converter over, and over, and over, and over….it’s enough to drive you nuts. Well, there is an easier way!! Get yourself a $5 ear bulb syringe from your local drug store, and flush that bad boy out, just like I do in the video. It’ll cut your cleaning time waaaay down, and bring your enjoyment level waaaaay up!!

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2017-10-11T02:50:51+00:00 April 23rd, 2010|Tips & Tricks|9 Comments
  • Great tips. I was looking for straight forward instructions and answers to cleaning and dealing with c/c pens. This ink blot format is perfect. Thanks again Brian!

  • Thank you for sharing this! Gosh, I wish I'd known about this years ago, lol! What a time saver!

  • Nigel Fisher

    This also works wonderfully with syringes (the normal kind, minus the needle). I prefer those because squeezing that type of syringe can hurt my hand.

  • Nigel Fisher

    This also works wonderfully with syringes (the normal kind, minus the needle). I prefer those because squeezing that type of syringe can hurt my hand.

  • Thank you for sharing this! Gosh, I wish I'd known about this years ago, lol! What a time saver!

  • mhosea

    As I was driving to work today, for some reason I was thinking about the difficulty that I have using the bulb syringe cleaning method on my Pilot pens because the end of the bulb syringe can't seal with anything in them, and so most of the water just squirts backwards, not making it through the feed.  And then I had an idea.  Cut the back end off of a spent Pilot cartridge and use it as an adapter.

  • You're welcome!

  • I know, right? It's so simple, yet so effective.

  • That works too. The thing I like about the bulb syringe is that they're a little easier to find and the soft rubber part is easier to fit into a lot of different pens.