The Pilot Penmanship is a relatively inexpensive fountain pen that comes fitted with an extra-fine nib. I have found this pen to be perfect for writing notes on cheap paper, as the extra-fine nib compensates for what would otherwise be a mess of ink bleeding in all directions from the written lines. The Pilot Penmanship uses a proprietary Pilot/Namiki cartridge, which is made of sturdy plastic and perfectly capable of being refilled. Additionally, converters can be purchased in order to use bottled ink with the Penmanship. However, if you are looking for a less expensive solution, which will allow for the use of bottled ink in greater quantities than a cartridge or converter could hold, look no further than the eyedropper conversion.
The eyedropper conversion is so named because an eyedropper and a bottle of ink may be used to fill the pen. This conversion involves storing ink in the body of the pen itself, and I think it looks fabulous inside translucent pens where the ink, regardless of its color, may be seen. Onto the steps...
- Pilot Penmanship (black or clear, the body is the same)
- Platinum Preppy O-Rings (or any O-Rings of this same size)
- 100% Pure Silicone Grease
- A bottled ink of your choice
Begin by unscrewing the section (upper half with nib) from the rest of the body (lower half). Check to make sure that the end of the body does not have a hole in it. If it does, you may need to use epoxy, super glue, or Gorilla glue to seal this.
Remove one of the O-Rings from the bag.
Stretch the O-Ring around the end of the section with the threads.
Roll the O-Ring over the threads until it is flush against the section.
Take out your Silicone Grease and put a very small amount on your finger or a Q-Tip.
Rub the Silicone Grease over all of the threads, simply coating it with a very thin layer.
Screw the body and the section back together. It is not necessary to screw it back on very tight, as the Silicone Grease and O-Ring will prevent any leaks.
|Close-up of where the section joins the body.|
|Another close-up of where the section joins the body.|
To fill the pen, unscrew the body from the section. Hold the body upright. Using an eyedropper, syringe, pipette, or other preferred method, fill the body with ink to just below where the threads begin. Carefully, screw the section back on to the body, being cautious to not overly tighten it, as this can cause cracks in the body.
Ink should begin immediately flowing through the section and to the nib.
|The filled eyedropper conversion.|
Congratulations, if you followed these instructions and completed your own Pilot Penmanship Eyedropper Conversion!
|The section, after filling.|
|A shot of three eyedropper converted pens: Pilot Penmanship, extra-fine nib (top); Platinum Preppy, rollerball nib (middle); and Pilot Plumix, medium italic nib (right).|
The Pilot Penmanship can be purchased here: Pilot Penmanship at JetPens.
O-Rings and Silicone Grease can be purchased here: O-Rings & Silicone Grease at the Goulet Pen Company.