FAQ – Magna Carta Pen

Frequently Asked Questions

Nib Grades

There´s a suitable nib grade available for all types of handwriting. The choice of width depends on the person´s hand:

*EXTRA FINE STEEL NIB *FINE STEEL NIB *MEDIUM STEEL NIB *BROAD STEEL NIB *DOUBLE BROAD STEEL

All Collections comes with a broad nib with a flat writing surface that permits strokes of varying breadth and hence a very expressive hand. 

 

Nib Change

All steel nibs can be changed by specialized retailers.

Fountain Pen

With such a wide range of nibs available, the fountain pen is the writing instrument that adapts best to each individual hand. In fact, it actually lends the user´s handwriting its own, highly individual quality and style. That is why  writers are taught right from the start that the secret of good handwriting comes from a good quality fountain pen.

Magna Carta´s fountain pens come with three different filling systems. The piston-operated fountain pen is filled out of an ink bottle and is self-cleaning.

Cartridge pens are even easier to still.

Engravings

The engraving of initials or even a whole name can turn a simple writing instrument into a highly personal accessory. The engraving can be donde either by mechanically scoring or milling or by laser. Most such markings are positioned either on the body or on/beside the clip, depending of course on the type of pen and the material it is made of. 

Various typefaces are possible. For more detailed information on engravings, please ask your dealer.

Cleaning

Fountain Pens: Because there are exposed to the air, the nib and ink duct may dry out and become encrusted, especially if cartridges are used. If a piston-operated filling system or converter is used, this problem is much rarer as the nib and ink duct are automatically flushed clean every time the pen is filled. 

Encrusted ink can be removed by filling the converter with water or ink and flushing out the system several times over. 

It often helps simply to unscrew the front section and soak it in plain water for several hours. Always dry it again before replacing it and never add soap or detergent to the water!

Ink

Contents: In the Middle Ages the ferro-gallic ink was the mostly used ink with quills. The disadvantage of the ferruginous ink was that it aged and dried up in the bottle very quickly and was therefore not suitable for fountain pens. After new dyes appeared on the market which were water soluble and after further developments with synthetically water soluble dyes, ferro-gallic ink became less and less popular. 

The common inks of today for fountain pens are pure colour inks made of water and dyes. 

Durability: The average durability of an ink cartridge is 12 months. After 12 months the ink starts to evaporate. The result is that the ink cartridge is only filled half with ink although it is unused. 

Mixing of different ink colours: The mix of different ink colours is not recommended. Due to the different ph-values the colours might precipitate. Please make sure that your fountain pen is thoroughly rised with water before filling it with a new ink colour. 

Removing ink stains: Only the royal blue ink can be washed out of most textiles. It is the best to wash out other colours with washing powder and water as soon as possible. Please do not treat with a solvent. 

Security measures

Magna Carta will take technical and organisational security measures to protect your personal data from loss and misuse. Your data will be stored in a secure operating environment that is not accessible to the general public. In certain cases your personal data will be encrypted on transmission by the Transport Layer Security (TLS) (formerly: Secure Socket Layer Technology (SSL)). This means that communication between your computer and the MC servers will take place using a recognised encryption method that in the current version at the time is deemed to be secure (at present: TSL Version 1.0, 128 bit). If your browser supports TSL, the transmission of personal data will be protected by this function. In this case most browsers will indicate to you by means of a short dialogue field or by a graphics symbol whether the security protocol is supported. You can find further information under the help function of your browser. If you wish to get in touch with Magna Carta by email, please note that the confidentiality of the communicated information is not guaranteed. The content of unencrypted emails can – like postcards – be read by third parties. We therefore recommend you to send confidential information to us only by post.

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