Got a Lamy Pen for xmas... but it skips.

After telling my woes of finding a good fountain pen, i was given a Lamy Safari for xmas.

I must admit i am learning to love its strange simple ugliness. but thats another story.

the point it is... it skips.

I took out the cartiage, cleaned it out with water and put in some brown waterman in. still skips. I put in purple wateramn ink, still skips.

I put in green levenger ink, it still skips.

what gives?

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Flush it

You may may need to flush the pen with water. There could be some oil/grease from manufacturing it. You can always check The Fountain Pen Network for more info.

can you tell me what flushing is?

i thought it was the same as cleaning it, but maybe not.
Levenger stole ALL of my money, but they left me all these nice, shiny organizational tools.

Kinda like cleaning

I'm pretty sure if you have piston or cartridge, suck water up through the nib and push it back out.

Edited to add:
You can also try it with slightly soapy water, then flush with regular water a few times again.

If that doesn't fix it, you might need to see if you can return it.

ahh ok.

i just ran in under the running water in the sink. i will try flushing it.

Levenger stole ALL of my money, but they left me all these nice, shiny organizational tools.


On addition to the advice above, and only if that does not work:
1) Consider changing the ink you are using. If you are using Noddlers, Private Reserve or other highly saturated inks, you'll find that going to brands like Parker or Sheaffer's will increase the ink flow.
2) Take a piece of overhead transparency film an pass it gently through the tines of the nib, beginning at the center of the nib and going towards the point.

But I use Noodlers in all my Lamy Pens

It's certainly worth trying another ink, but I have three Lamy Safaris and one Lamy Vista, all using Noodlers ink with converters. None of them has every skipped. My Lamy pens are inexpensive, which is a necessity for me, but they are a joy to write with.

If it were me, I'd get it exchanged for a working pen. My (lazy) view is that I don't do first aid on any new products. But I can certainly see the value of at least trying a cleaning and flushing before returning the pen.

Lamy Pen Cleaning

You can try rinsing or soaking the nib in a solution of diluted ammonia. Unfortunately, the Lamy Safari is sold here as a higher-end pen; but you can find them in Europe in blister-packs in the stationery departments of drug stores, just like our low-end pens here.