View Full Version : What do you clean your mechanical pens with?
11-05-2002, 01:12 AM
I bought a KOH-I-NOOR pen cleaning set today, and was appalled by the cost :( $18.95 That will tell you how long it has been since I cleaned my pens. What do you to clean your pens with? Do you use a cleaner you make, or one you buy as I did?
11-05-2002, 01:14 AM
Clean them? :confused: I prolly don't use cleanable ones. :D
11-05-2002, 01:29 AM
I found my husband technical pens few weeks ago, and he cleaned them for me. I'll ask him how he did it and post it later in the night.
11-05-2002, 10:22 AM
Thanks dolors. I would really like to make my own cleaning solution. Nearly $20 is just too much!
11-05-2002, 02:09 PM
I have the Koh-I-Noor set, but I'm pretty certain that I only paid $11 for the whole thing (bulb, doo-hickey thingamabobs, and cleaner).
Oh. You can also get just the concentrate for around $6. It's 1 oz more cleaner than what comes in the kit and it is concentrated, so it gets mixed with water to make more. Dick Blick carries it.
11-05-2002, 04:37 PM
Perhaps our technical pens are different than yours. They are old Rotrings and are refillable with ink. My husband cleans them only with hot water.
11-05-2002, 08:51 PM
I started with the same kit, and now supplement it with Dick Blick's cheaper version. On top of that, I water it down with hot water, cheapskate that I am. If you keep them clean enough, you don't need much of the solution. ;)
I have been using Technical Pens for more than 20 years, All various brands. My Pens can sit for Months or even Years between each use.
I pull them completely apart and I use ordinary Bath Soap and a Toothbrush for the main section, I clean the fine needle very very carefully with a soapy wet Tissue and a soapy Q-tip/CottonBud for the Ink holder. I hope this is of some use to you, Everything is worth a try.
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