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    Default Ink starts out fine then peters out

    I have a vintage Yard-o-Led Corinthian and aside from being beautiful, it writes well, until it doesn't.
    No hard starts but the flow gets less and less and then goes dry. I open it up and there's plenty of ink in the converter. I can push the ink up using the piston and then it writes well, until it doesn't.
    I suspect it's the converter since the nib does work.
    Should I just replace the converter? Or do you think this might need real repairs?

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    Default Re: Ink starts out fine then peters out

    I would suggest you use the pen with a compatible cartridge. If it works then you know where the problem lies.

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    Default Re: Ink starts out fine then peters out

    Quote Originally Posted by sjssf View Post
    I suspect it's the converter since the nib does work.
    Should I just replace the converter?
    The end of the converter may be split or too loose. If it isn't the converter, it may be the ink. Does the ink tumble up and down inside the converter when you tip it up and down? If it sticks to the sides of the converter, then you should try a different ink that doesn't do that.
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    Default Re: Ink starts out fine then peters out

    Well, I've tried three different inks with the same results. It also dawned on me, why not try a cartridge? It did the same thing. I can write about three or four paragraphs worth of copy and then it just dries up. So it's not the converter is my guess. Is there harm in soaking the nib unit overnight in water? I'm wondering if that might loosen something.

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    Default Re: Ink starts out fine then peters out

    If it's a used pen that you have acquired then soaking the nib might help loosen up any old ink that may have been left in there.
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    Default Re: Ink starts out fine then peters out

    Water would be better than a commercial pen flush for an overnight, wouldn't it?

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    Default Re: Ink starts out fine then peters out

    I have seen this several times caused by a constricted feed channel. Fill a rubber ear bulb with water and slide it over the fang that pierces a cartridge. Squeezing the bulb should send a stream of water out from under the nib. If you just get a drip or a weak dribble, you can try pushing a fine wire (0.009" guitar string) down the feed channel if the channel goes straight through to the nib.
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