This week we’re going to delve into the realm of Safety Pens and specifically the Noodler’s Boston Safety Pen. Noodlers Ink Company recently released a new Safety Pen and we thought it would be a good idea to write an instructional guide for the pen. We’re going to cover many things, from it’s design, use, and how to fill the pen. To top it all off, you can enter down below for a chance to win the Noodler’s Boston Safety Pen that we used to make this guide!
What is a Safety Pen and Why Would I Use One?
Safety Pens have been around for many years. Designed to be able to use any kind of ink, Safety Pens have a unique advantage over other fountain pens. Simply put, a Safety Pen is a pen in which the nib rests inside the barrel, or ink chamber, of the pen. This way, the nib and the feed are in constant contact with the ink. For example, the Noodler’s Boston Safety Pen has a nib unit that retracts into the barrel or ink chamber. Because of this, while capped it creates a tighter seal and the nib flooded with ink to keep the pen from drying out as fast. As well, you can use non-fountain pen friendly ink such as India Inks and heavier Iron Gall inks. Another great feature to note, is that it is safe to fly with a Noodler’s Boston Safety pen. It can even withstand shaking without having leakage.
How do I Fill a Noodler’s Boston Safety Pen?
The Noodler’s Boston Safety Pen has an eyedropper fill system. The entire barrel is the ink chamber. In the video below, we show you simply how to fill your Boston Safety Pen. Here is a step-by-step description:
- Uncap your Boston Safety Pen, and keep the opening of the barrel facing upwards.
- Take a bottle of your favorite ink and carefully fill an eyedropper with 1ml-1.5ml. Note: Overfilling the pen past the point of the bottom where the nib meets the housing will cause the excess ink to spill when extending the nib. The Noodler’s Boston Safety Pen should only be filled with approximately 1ml-1.5ml of ink.
- Using the eyedropper, gently squeeze or pour the ink into the barrel. Again, please note to keep the opening of the barrel facing up during this entire process.
- Either cap the pen for storage or extend the nib to use the pen using the instruction below.
How do I Use a Noodler’s Boston Safety Pen?
Because the nib and feed can be retracted, there are certain features of the pen that can cause some confusion. Here is a step-by-step process of how to extend and retract the nib and feed:
- First, uncap the pen, making sure that the opening in the barrel is facing up.
- Second, gently push on the back end of the pen. This will extend the nib as far as it will go out of the barrel of the pen.
- Then to lock the nib in place, you will need to twist the back end of the barrel clockwise until it tightens. This will lock the nib unit in place and create a tight seal.
To retract the nib:
- Make sure the pen is pointing nib up.
- Then, twist the back end of the pen counter-clockwise. This unlocks the nib unit, and breaks the tight seal you made earlier.
- Gently pull the back end of the barrel, allowing the nib to fully retract.
- Make sure you remember to cap the pen while the barrel opening is still facing upwards. If not, you may have an inky surprise awaiting.
Note: The nib must be retracted into the pen BEFORE capping the pen. Failure to do so may damage the nib as the tip of the nib will contact the inside of the cap.
If you have any other questions about the Noodler’s Boston Safety Pen, take a look at the video below, and the video on the product page! Comment below with your thoughts, and share this with your friends!
Noodlers Boston Safety Pen Instructional Video
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