We often get asked about what sort of maintenance a fountain pen requires. I think the idea of paying relatively so much for a pen (compared to disposable ballpoint) and then having to do work to keep your fountain pen writing can sometimes be a bit daunting, but the good news is that there’s really not much to it!
There’s a lot of stuff out there showing how to take apart your pens and using pen cleaning solutions and ultrasonic baths and q-tips and bleach, and this is helpful stuff, especially if you get something really sticky trapped in there, but for the most part, it doesn’t always have to be quite so complicated, because…
The golden rule of keeping your fountain pens flowing magnificently is to use them all the time.*
In fact, you could stop reading now, and if you follow this general rule and use your pen all the time, I’d be fairly confident you’d be okay for the lifetime of the pen. Pens were made to be used!