How to get the best out of a fountain pen
1. Don’t let anyone else use it
This wisdom goes back a long way for me. Not sure where it originates but I always cringe if anyone tries to use a fountain pen of mine. I always carry a biro for anyone who needs a pen. I don't use biros myself. The premise of not lending a fountain pen is that it can ruin the nib.
2. Good paper
I like smooth good quality paper. It's bliss seeing the ink laid down on the page.
3. Use quality ink
My favourite is J Herbin although these are more expensive now. I like Diamine. I shop for ink at cultpens.com.
4. Pen cases
I keep my pens in pen cases so that I can carry them with me without damaging them.
If I've not used a pen for a while, I'll flush it through with lukewarm water to give it a good clean.
6. Break it in
Sometimes a new pen takes a while to bed in. The nib will adjust to your writing.