How to Put Ink Cartriges in Manuscript Calligraphy Pens

By Kay Dean
Calligraphy Pen
Paula K. Parker

Beautiful elegant hand writing using an old-fashioned pen. Many people find learning calligraphy to be a fun hobby. Calligraphy can be done using an old fashioned quill and ink pot, but it is rather tricky to master. It's much easier to use a calligraphy pen that has an ink cartridge. These pens control the flow of ink, making writing calligraphy easier and helps prevent blotting. Changing the cartridges in a calligraphy pen also involves cleaning the tip so that old ink doesn't dry in it, which can ruin the tip.

Step 1

Clean the calligraphy pen tip when you replace the ink cartridge. Hold the calligraphy pen over the sink to prevent drips while changing out the ink cartridge. Wrap a paper towel around the base of the tip of the pen. Gently unscrew the tip. Remove and discard the old ink cartridge. Set the pen aside.

Step 2

Hold the tip of the pen under the faucet and turn the faucet on to a light trickle. Rinse the pen's tip until the water runs clear. Wipe the tip dry with a paper towel; be careful not to bend the end of the tip. Set the tip aside.

Step 3

Calligraphy tip, a tapered end ink cartridge

Check the shape of the ink cartridge to determine whether it has a specific way to be inserted into the calligraphy pen. Some calligraphy pens are tapered like old-fashioned pens and the cartridges for these pens are larger on the bottom and tapered towards the top. Other calligraphy pens are all one size as are their ink cartridges. These ink cartridges are not interchangeable with the pens.

Step 4

Hold the calligraphy pen in one hand and slip the bottom of the ink cartridge into the barrel of the pen. Wrap a dry paper towel around the tip of the pen and hold the base of the tip while inserting it into the barrel of the pen. Begin to screw the tip back onto the calligraphy pen. You will feel a little resistance as the bottom of the tip pierces the new ink cartridge. Continue gently screwing the tip until it is firmly in place.

Step 5

Invert the calligraphy pen and gently tap it against the paper towel several times until the ink is flowing from the cartridge through the tip. Wipe the outside of the pen with a damp paper towel to remove any residual ink or water and dry it with a a fresh paper towel before using the pen.

About the Author

I have a voracious curiosity and love research and interviewing people for articles. Having lived in the Nashville, TN area since 1994, I write heavily in and for the Christian entertainment industry. In 2003, I began working with a publicity firm in L.A. and have now added movies to my list as an arts reviewer. I maintain relationships with industry professionals within the recording, publishing, and filmmaking industry. I have written for several websites, magazines and newspapers, coporations; contributed to several books, and am a published playwright. When I'm not wearing my writer's hat, I enjoy all types of gardening, theater (both on and off the stage), crafts, cooking, baking, playing the piano and harp and playing with our three goofy dogs.