Keeping Your Fountain Pens in Good Condition During the Summer Months

As writing enthusiasts, we love taking our fountain pens with us everywhere and using them no matter the season. However, the hot months can pose specific challenges for maintaining these delicate writing instruments. High temperatures can cause ink to dry out or expand, which may lead to leaks, clogs, and other issues. Here are some practical tips to keep your fountain pens in top condition during the summer.

 

1. Store Pens in a Cool, Dry Place

Heat and humidity are the main enemies of fountain pens during the summer. High temperatures can cause the ink to evaporate or expand, leading to leaks. To prevent this, store your pens in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. A drawer or a shaded desk organizer can work well. If you need to carry your pen, consider using a case with some insulation.

 

2. Use the Right Ink

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Not all inks are created equal, especially regarding temperature sensitivity. Some inks are more prone to drying out or becoming viscous in heat. To combat this, opt for inks designed to withstand varying temperatures. Many ink manufacturers provide information on the temperature tolerance of their products, so it's worth checking before you buy.

 

Some brands remain fluid in fountain pens longer than others, such as Pilot-Iroshizuku, Sailor, and Noodler’s. It is also best to go with inks that will not contaminate easily with heat. Examples are Diamine, Rohrer & Klingner, Noodler’s, and Japanese inks.

 

3. Regular Cleaning

During the hot months, cleaning your fountain pen more frequently is crucial. Ink can dry out faster in the heat, leading to clogs and other issues. A good practice is to flush your pen with lukewarm or tepid water every two weeks or whenever you notice any signs of clogging or reduced ink flow. For a deeper clean, you can use a pen cleaning solution or a mixture of water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid.

 

4. Do Not Leave Pens in Hot Cars

Many people make the common mistake of leaving their fountain pens in hot cars. The temperature inside a parked car can soar, causing the ink to expand, leak, or dry out completely. Fountain pen materials such as celluloid or ebonite can also melt in hot environments or under direct sunlight. Always take your pens with you; do not leave them in your car during the summer.

 

5. Cap Your Pen When Not in Use

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This may seem obvious, but it’s an easy thing to forget. Always cap your pen when you’re not using it, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This helps to prevent the ink from drying out. In extremely hot conditions, you might also consider storing the pen nib up to reduce the chance of leaks.

 

6. Monitor Ink Levels

During hot months, keeping an eye on your ink levels is essential. Pens with low ink levels are more prone to drying out and clogging. Refill your pen before it gets too low, and if you’re not using it for an extended period, consider emptying the ink and cleaning the pen thoroughly.

 

7. Use a Pen Humidor

Investing in a pen humidor can benefit those in extremely hot and dry climates. These are designed to maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level, protecting your pens and ink from the effects of heat.

 

The Bottom Line

Taking care of your fountain pens during the hot months requires a bit of extra attention, but it’s well worth the effort. By observing best practices in fountain pen maintenance and cleaning, ensuring proper storage, using suitable inks, and avoiding extreme temperatures, you can ensure they remain in top condition. Whether you’re a casual user or a serious collector, these tips will help you enjoy your fountain pens throughout the summer and beyond. Happy writing!

 

 

Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting

Author: Ramona

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