An inverted fountain pen will leak ink as ink flows down, filling the fountain's pen cap, making the ink explode once you open the lid, most probably spilling on your working space or your clothes. To prevent this, always ensure that you keep your fountain pen upright whenever you put it in your pocket.
The majority of modern fountain pens can be carried on a flight with no problem.
Have you ever had a ballpoint pen explode in your pocket or purse? This occurs when the pen has been exposed to too much heat, causing the ink to expand and eventually leak.
Some folks use cigar tubes for pocket carry, and there are hard leather cases and tubes available as well. A lot of people just clip the pen to their t-shirt collar. I have some very sturdy plastic pens and some metal ones I simply think of as "field" pens and will carry them in my trouser pocket.
Fountain Pen Myth 1 – Fountain Pens Leak
Fountain pens do not leak. If you have a leaking fountain pen then there is something wrong with your pen. You may notice some ink on the nib. This is called “nib creep” but most pens will not have this issue.
Piston filler fountain pens, on the other hand, can easily store up to 2ml of ink on every fill, if not more, which means it can last for two or more days. This also depends on the nib. Because fine or extra-fine nibs produce a tiny line, they don't use a lot of fountain pen ink.
Most nibs will last at least 10-30 years. High-quality nibs can last up to 75-100 years, depending on the material. Gold nibs may wear faster, but not necessarily. Untipped nibs will last a couple of years.
Fountain Pen Storage Position
Nib-down is never recommended as it could damage the nib and cause ink to pool. You are best to either store your fountain pen nib up or horizontally.
A fountain pen should be stored in a cool, dry area, away from direct sunlight, and in either a vertical or horizontal posture, with the nib section facing up or sideways. When traveling, it is recommended to keep a fountain pen in a travel case, with the ink converter either empty or full.
Batteries can deform, leak and even explode when exposed to high heat for long periods of time. Pens, markers, and crayons – Heat will deform plastic pens and markers.
Unfortunately, it is relatively common for people to store their fountain pens with the nib facing down when not in use. Although rare, this alone can cause a build-up of ink in the nib of the fountain pen that can then cause it to bleed through your paper once you start to write with it.
Handmade. There are many artisans who make fountain pens, and some people would rather purchase these than pens made by large companies. For most of these small pen manufacturers, each pen is hand-made with limited distribution channels, which can definitely increase the price of each pen.
TSA rules currently say: “Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person).” That's pretty clear. Yes, you can fly with a vape pen.
Fountain pens are better than ballpoint pens because they are more comfortable to hold, are smoother to write with, and can create line variations with their flexible nibs. They are more customizable, with a vast range of ink colors to choose from.
Based on anecdotal evidence, the shelf life of most fountain pen inks ranges anywhere from 10 - 60 years. Unopened bottles have a much longer shelf life than opened ones, but even opened bottles can be used dozens of years after opening, as long as they are not contaminated through unhygienic use.
Fountain Pen Storage Basics: Nib Up or Down
A fountain pen should never be stored vertically with the nib facing downwards. Gravity will pull the ink towards the feeder and nib, causing it to pool in the feeder, clog the nib, and leak through the nib into the cap.
Modern fountain pen nibs are prized for their durability, and you very well could go a lifetime without needing to replace the nib. Ink type and viscosity – You can use fountain pen inks with dip pens, but only if you add gum arabic to thicken the ink up. You cannot, however, use dip pen ink in fountain pens.
The G Nibs are stiff so even with a lot of writing say over 2 hours a day, it can probably last over 3 weeks. Flex nibs tend to be different because of the flex in them and that depends on your own grip and how much force you put on them.
In Short. You won't need to change your pen nib a lot, it should be good for about 2 to 3 years, depending on the use you give it. If you feel it's starting to scratch your drawing tablet, try and sand it a bit or just change it for a new nib.