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After the three days in water, I dried the front section, then used Towling paper, the paper seemed to funnel a lot of the water out the nib. I then put the cartridge in, and started to write. The writing was basically water, with very faint hint of ink colour. After about a page of writing it dried up, and nothing more flowed out. I have left the ink cartridge in for about 4 days now, in a slightly nib down position. I tried writing again today, but no ink is flowing. The last time I tried blowing, it did not feel like any air was moving through. Can I safely leave the feed and nib in water for a week?
Hi Phil, this is by far the best site I have seen on fountain pens. I have a question though. I have taken over my late fathers Mont Blanc Starwalker fountain pen. The pen has been unused now for 5 years, with its ink cartridge left inside. I started by laying it in water for a few minutes, and then inserted a new ink cartridge. No ink would flow. I then tried leaving it soaking in water for 3 days, until the water was basically clear, inserted the cartridge, but still no ink would flow. The pen does write if I place a few drops of ink into the nib manually, but I cant seem to get the ink to flow from the cartridge. My problem is sending it to Mont Blanc to service costs a fortune. What should I try next to clear out the feed?