Keeping it Clean
Caring for your Allegory writing tool is pretty simple. Just keep it clean by wiping down with a damp rag every few weeks. We use a very natural friction polish made with beeswax, walnut oil and shellac to finish our writing tools. Feel free to wipe your pen down every few months with a bit of walnut oil or even neatsfoot oil to restore the original luster of the polish.
Changing the Ink
All our writing tools use standard refills that can be purchased at most major office supply stores, online, or even from us if you like.
Instructions for ballpoint pens
Troubadour: Remove the back of the pen. Unscrew the refill. Replace with new Cross style refill. Replace the back of the pen.
Mogul: Remove the back of the pen. Unscrew the refill. Replace with new Cross style refill. Replace the back of the pen
Click: Unscrew the front metal point of the pen. Remove spring and refill, saving the spring. Replace with new Parker style refill, replacing spring on the front of the refill. Replace metal point.
Twist-style: Remove the back of the pen. Unscrew the refill. Replace with new Cross style refill. Replace the back of the pen.
Bolt-action: Unscrew the front metal point of the pen. Remove spring and refill, saving the spring. Replace with new Parker style refill, replacing spring on the front of the refill. Replace metal point.
Instructions for rollerball pens
All of our rollerball pens work the same way. Just unscrew the front metal piece where you grip the pen. Remove the old refill and replace with a new rollerball refill. Each pen has a small spring in the back of the pen so be sure not to lose it while you are doing the exchange.
Instructions for Fountain Pens
All of our fountain pens use short international pre-filled cartridges or piston fillers if you prefer your own bottled ink.
Getting started: Unscrew the nib assembly from the pen. We ship our fountain pens with the pre-filled cartridges loose inside the body of the pen. Remove the loose cartridge and press into the back of the nib assembly, puncturing the cartridge with the feed collector. If you prefer to use bottled ink with the piston filler, insert the end of the piston filler into ink. The filler uses vacuum pressure as you screw the back portion to pull ink into the reservoir. Once the filler is filled, insert onto the nib assembly as you would with the pre-filled cartridge.
Using your fountain pen:
- Don't press too hard when writing as this can damage the nib. The nib should write smoothly across the paper. Your nib will adapt to your writing style so only loan at your own risk. If your pen doesn't write right away (i.e., after not being used for a couple of weeks), ink has probably dried and clogged the nib and/or the feed. To start the ink flowing again, wet the point of the nib with water or ink of the same color. If that doesn't work, wash the pen out. Don't press down to try to start the flow.
- Use fresh ink, and avoid bottled ink that is more than a year or two old. If you have older ink you would like to use check it first for mold then stir it to make sure there are not lumps or sediment at the bottom. This is a sign the ink is solidifying. If you haven't used the ink in a few weeks, give the bottle a shake before filling to redistribute the ink particles throughout. Store your ink bottles out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.
- When traveling by plane, either fill your converter completely or leave it empty to reduce the risk of leakage. Always keep the nib upright during takeoff. When opening your fountain pen in flight, you should hold the pen upright and remove the cap slowly. Always keep your pen capped when not in use.
Storing your fountain pen: When you aren’t using your pen store, it with the nib upright to prevent ink from settling in the nib and clogging the feed. If you won’t be using your pen for a longer period of time, wash and empty your pen before storing. This is especially important if you use black ink as it contains gum arabic which can dry inside the nib causing permanent damage.
Cleaning your fountain pen: Place the nib section into a glass of clean water completely covering the nib and let it soak for 10-15 minutes or overnight. Room temperature, distilled water will work best. Never use warm or hot water or alcohol as these can damage the pen. Blot dry with a paper towel. Clean your pen every few weeks or whenever you change ink colors.
All this said, enjoy your pen!!!
The nib section of our fountain pens is completely replaceable. So, if you are a fountain pen newbie don't stress. Try some stuff. Have fun. And if you run into issues just get in touch. We'll help or work with you to replace your experimentation nib.