How to Fill a Waterman Fountain Pen Converter

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How to Fill a Waterman Fountain Pen Converter
You can fill a Waterman fountain pen with a reusable converter. (fountain pen image by Pali A from

Waterman is a French pen company that traces its roots back to 1883. Its fountain pens come in a variety of styles and shapes, including distinctively curved pens with wood barrels. Waterman pens, like most other fountain pens, have three different options for ink reservoirs. These include converters, cartridges and bladders. A converter is a reusable ink reservoir consisting of a clear tube with a top piece that controls a plunger. The plunger draws ink into the converter tube.

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Things you need

  • Waterman fountain pen
  • Bottle of ink

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  1. 1

    Remove the pen cap and unscrew the pen nib from the pen barrel. Set the barrel aside and insert the converter into the back of the nib.

  2. 2

    Twist the top of the converter to extend the plunger toward the nib. This pushes the air out of the converter.

  3. 3

    Place the nib in the ink. Fully submerge the nib in the ink to prevent air bubbles from forming when you draw ink into the converter.

  4. 4

    Twist the top of the converter to the right. This will pull the plunger toward the top of the converter, creating a vacuum that draws ink into the converter tube.

  5. 5

    Place the barrel over the full converter and screw it into the nib to reassemble your Waterman fountain pen.

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