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    Default Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Does anybody fill their converter with a syringe? Then just stick it back on the pen?

    Or is this just odd?

    Seems like a good way of getting a 100% fill!
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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Yeah, I've done that on occasion, but only if refilling the pen with the same ink. Why? Well, if the pen is cleaned and flushed, and you just fill the converter, there isn't any ink in the feed. What you think you've gained by not putting on the empty convertor and drawing up ink through the nib/feed is lost. In that case, you should probably put some ink on the feed with the syringe and let that saturate the feed/nib area. I've done that, too.

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Or to take the last drop out of a bottle or a sample vial.

    It's not 100 % fill since there's no ink in feed and all. If you push the ink to the nib with the plunger you will see that eventually you have about the same fill. But since you have a syringe in your hand you can use it to feed a drop or two of ink directly to the nib thus making the pen ready to write right away.

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    It does give you max capacity but there is no point of any filling system if people do this. (Which raises the question why eyedroppers aren't more popular.)
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    Why?

    Why worry if it is 100% full?
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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    If I'm going to take the converter I would just fill the converter straight from the bottle. Bringing in a syringe is just an extra step with mess potential.

    Since I rarely fill the same pen with the same ink twice, I always need to prime the feed.
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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Yes, when the bottle is too low to dip the whole nib in. And I do use a syringe to refill cartridges for some cartridge-only pens.

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    I have done it to get the last bit out of my sample inks.
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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyIvan View Post
    I have done it to get the last bit out of my sample inks.
    I'll do that for now on-it is certainly better than pouring the last bit down the sink!(which I confess to doing)
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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Maybe more pens need a mosquito filler like this Visconti Typhoon - bizarre little thing but it would suck up the very last drop of something for sure. I haven't used a syringe but makes sense. Is there any particular gauge folks are using?

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    I've done it to get the last of the ink from a bottle or sample. While the syringe is 100% full (or overfilled if not careful) the feed isn't saturated, assuming it was empty so there's loss there.

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Lee View Post
    Maybe more pens need a mosquito filler like this Visconti Typhoon - bizarre little thing but it would suck up the very last drop of something for sure. I haven't used a syringe but makes sense. Is there any particular gauge folks are using?
    No particular gauge. Goulet Pen sells blunt tip syringes. I've also seen them on eBay. Amazon too.
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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    I clean out the converter with a syringe so since I have it handy, I also fill it back up with the syringe. No inky fingers for me this way.

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Hmm, I've never tried that, but I won't rule it out.

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    I've done it when I am trying to get ink put of a sample vial, or if I am worried that there might be staining issues with a light colored section, for instance. I usually then push the ink into the feed, then back up the piston and fill it again. Works well for me.

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Hmm...it is interesting to learn that many people don't like interesting filling systems because they consider them practical, but simply because they are gadgety or fun. (I am saying this because I often hear people say they fill their piston fillers with a syringe, totally taking away they original point of the system.) I hope this doesn't come off as bashing anyone. I also am not bashing the syringe method all together; I simply find it a bit ironic and funny.
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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    The only time I'll resort to filling cool systems with a syringe is when I'm flying on holiday and want to make sure my pens are as full as possible before traveling at altitude.

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    I forgot, I syringe fill with the TWSBI Micarta just because I don't want the section to stain.
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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    I syringe-fill my Pilot CON-70 converters, as I have always had a tough time convincing them to fill. Syringe-filled, they hold a tanker of ink.

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    Default Re: Filling Convertor With Syringe

    Quote Originally Posted by drgoretex View Post
    I syringe-fill my Pilot CON-70 converters, as I have always had a tough time convincing them to fill. Syringe-filled, they hold a tanker of ink.

    Ken
    I have noticed that with mine but opted for the CON-50 when the button would not pop up anymore. Maybe I should try that.
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