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June 21, 2019

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Susan

It was a great surprise to receive this article; I appreciate the time and effort Levenger put into getting the material out to subscribers! Thank you!

EA

I don’t use fountain pens, and this was still one of the most interesting discussions I’ve received from a retail company.

J

I carry my fountain pen everywhere. But I haven't been on a plane in many
years. I did not know that about pens so thank you. Alas I will leave mine
at home

Renee

Although I typically do not carry a fountain pen daily, nor do I carry one while travelling. I found your article ‘Four Rules for Flying with a Fountain Pen’ incredibly interesting and educational. So much so that I will not only save it to my library folder, but also print it out and most likely frame it because there are parts within the article that actually made me laugh envisioning the situation. Thank you for that.

Wendy

Thank you! Thank you!!

Having missed the earlier memo, I still love my fountain pens. It took a lot
of travel to figure out what NOT to do. Nice to know I wasn'r alone or doing
something especially wrong.

Liz

Question –
What about either of the following…
1/ if using cartridges with a fountain pen, would taking out the cartridge before the flight, and inserting a new one upon arrival solve the issue?
Or
2/ exchange the cartridge with ink for one w/out (ie. Empty) and then insert a new one upon arrival?

Very interested – I do a lot of writing, and enjoy using many fountain pens.

Steve

If you use cartridges, it would be a good idea to toss the partially used cartridge in the trash before flying and push in a new one upon arrival. Be mindful, however, that there will still be ink in the feed, that is, in that part between the point of the nib and where the cartridge pushes onto. Best to rise that with fresh water and let dry (it’s a good idea to do this periodically anyway to keep your pens flowing freely). So looking at it that way, taking your fountain pen for a flight is a good excuse to clean it and leave it dry for the flight, starting fresh with new ink—either cartridge or converter—upon arrival. Kind of like traveling with a rollaboard with a change of clean clothes.

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