Adjusting Your Fountain Pen – Part 2: Aligning the Tines


On of my most common requests I receive is to put together a video on how to adjust fountain pens to customize the writing experience for the user. I am, by no means, an expert, but over the last couple of years, I have picked up several tips and tricks about how to adjust fountain pens. I’ve become confident enough to adjust even my high-end pens that don’t write the way I would like them to. So, I thought I would compile the tips and tricks I’ve discovered here in this mini-series for people who are interested.

DISCLAIMER: The steps I show in this video are undertaken at your own risk. I do not accept responsibility for any damage you do to your pen as a result of actions I or others show in the video, in this post, or in the comments below. Please note that, if your pen is under warranty, you run the risk of voiding your warranty if you undertake this work on your own. If you are new to adjusting your pens, start with inexpensive pens, and GO SLOWLY. 

Part 1: Adjusting Ink Flow

Part 2: Now that you’ve adjusted the ink flow of your pen so that it lays down the amount of ink you want it to, you need to look at the alignment of the tines to make sure that they’re as closely aligned as possible. This single step can usually resolve about 90% of “scratchiness” issues with your nib.

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