When first opening the heritage red box of your Esterbrook, you may feel a little daunted by the need to fill your fountain pen for the first time. Luckily, we have built a step-by-step guide to make the process as easy (and painless!) as possible.
Two Ways to Fill your Fountain Pen
The first is with the converter that we include with each Esterbrook fountain pen.
- To start you will need to the grip section of the pen from the barrel.
- Next, attach the converter to the pen. The ink converter will press into the pen on the back side of the converter and it is compression fit so that the ink won’t leak.
- To ready the converter for ink, you will twist it counterclockwise, which will move the piston towards the nib.
- You’re ready for ink.
- Dip the nib into the ink bottle. Make sure that the breather hole on the nib is submersed.
- Now, twist the screw clockwise which will draw the ink into the converter.
- Remove the pen from the ink. You can twist the piston counterclockwise a tiny bit to get rid of those pesky air bubbles if you like.
- You should also wipe off any excess ink on the converter and nib.
- Reassemble your pen and write your next great masterpiece!
To fill your Esterbrook using a cartridge, you will start the same way as you do with a converter, by disassembling you pen.
- Take your cartridge and insert it into the nib section. Press it into place to puncture the ink cartridge’s seal. You might hear a small click as you do this, and you will feel the cartridge click into place.
- The ink cartridge will now take over and the ink will start to work its way into the feed and nib. You can gently squeeze the cartridge to help this process along and also hold the pen downwards to encourage the ink to flow.
Have any further questions? Watch our video for first-time Esterbrook owners: