replacing the ink cartridge

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changing the ink cartridgereplacing the ink cartridge in a fountain pen, not a dot-matrix or jet printer

Do you remember the experience of your pen sporadically supplying ink, tapping the nib on a spare piece of paper to make sure the ink is all at the bottom of the cartridge? That time when you still have ink, but the inconsistent flow makes your writing messy. Unscrewing my pen confirmed that the cartridge was near-as-damn-it empty

The 5 page letter below is to a friend who rarely uses the computer, email, her mobile phone and she definitely doesn’t have a facebook account. Rebel!

Letter writing involved

  • a traditional format – senders address on the top right hand side above the date
  • a traditional opening phrase ‘Dear (name),’
  • the first spelling challenge in the 3rd sentence
  • hastily omited letters retrospectively inserted into words (squishing, writing a letter above the word and placing an arrow below it)
  • smudges,I’m not sure how, they just arrived
  • crossing-out letters that had over-enthusiastically added to words where they did not belong. I round the letter ‘r’ was the biggest offender, wishing to be in every word it can be. Liquid paper (Tippex) might head-off these rogue arse in future letters
  • hand-ache by the 2nd page
  • writing on only one side of the page
  • use of blotting-paper
  • an illustrative sketch per page
  • Regular tea breaks helped prevent my pulling a muscle
  • a pleasing end result that fitted in the envelope and awaits carrying to a letter-box

5 page letterI made the squiggly white lines using ‘Paint‘ to obscure the personal contents.

PS 254 word post before the PS
replacing the ink cartridge
rate wendys scribble

5 bits of lovely banter on “replacing the ink cartridge”

  1. Karl writes:

    Perhaps that spelling challenge word was “omited” (sic)? 🙂

    More seriously, 5 pages by hand, yikes! Brings back memories of the later school years, the “5 page paper on ….” struck fear into every student’s heart. I recall having a fountain pen once, because it was briefly trendy that year, and as soon as the ink ran out I threw the irritating instrument away.



  2. Stefan writes:

    Hmmmm …. I have two fountain pens, one of which I actually use frequently, I do not have a facebook, myspace, twitter or other “social network” account, I use my cellphone to call people or be called myself (and nothing else): Does that make me a) old-fashioned, b) a rebel, c) something else entirely?

    I’d have to add I use the computer too often actually, and I do administer a Twitter-account but that is only used to tweet messages about a website I administer, nothing personal.



  3. Bux writes:

    I love a handwritten letter and I adore my ink pen, cheap and nasty version of a pen that it is, there is something so satisfying about writing with real ink.

    I used to have tons of penpals, my first one lived within spitting distance yet I wrote to him regularly for years. Before the advent of Email, I spent hours writing letters every week. I can’t remember the last handwritten letter I wrote now, but I do still have a whole box of letters I received back from friends – can’t bear to throw them away.

    I love your handwritten letter complete with drawings, it makes me long for a proper letter in my letterbox as opposed to a rather soul-less Email in my inbox.

    Yay for letter writers!!!!




  4. Happy Frog and I writes:

    I miss getting handwritten letters. The only person who sends me them now is my mum from time to time. I think it’s great that you are doing this. x



  5. Brian writes:

    My fountain pens were fairly reliable, I never had any sputtering. I do miss handwritten letters; nowadays I’m happy to get the rare personal email from someone (instead of them just forwarding me an email that someone else sent to them).

    I also composed music (still do) and I had a special music fountain pen that could write all the symbols easily. It had sort of a calligraphy nib turned sideways. Even the dreaded quarter rest (aka crotchet rest) was simple to write and looked great.



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