Ink Nouveau #24: Fountain Pen 101

I’ve gotten several requests to do a video for the fountain pen novice. So, finally, here it is – Fountain Pen 101.

***To clarify from the video, Pelikan pens DO accept Standard Short International cartridges as well as their own proprietary cartridges.***

Link to YouTube for full-screen and iPhones.

2017-10-11T13:45:52+00:00 April 24th, 2010|Fountain Pen 101|11 Comments
  • Excellent! I just bought a fountain pen and converter and was wondering how I would get the ink into the converter once the cartridge that came with it finally ran out of ink.

    Thanks.

  • I greatly prefer the converter. I use my fountain pens (almost all of them are Watermans) all the time and I've gotten accustomed to even making sure that I take a bottle of ink on travel (surface rather than air travel) with me. The cost and relative lack of ink choices when using cartridges make them less attractive to me.

  • Great video! I'm looking forward to the more advanced lessons. 😉 I use the converter as well. However, I take a bottle or two of ink with me even when travelling by plane. I make sure that the lid is on tightly, then I put the bottles in one zip-loc bag and then put that inside another zip-loc bag. I've never had a problem with leakage.

  • "…That's just part of the sign of a good fountain pen afficionado, is someone who gets ink on their hands all the time." Truer words have never been spoken. Though, whenever I'm refilling something with Noodler's red-black (an absolutely beautiful color, but it looks like blood whenever it gets on your skin) I get some funny looks.

  • Brian Goulet

    I'm glad the video is so helpful!! I certainly plan to do more…FP 102, 103…give me some input what you'd like to see and I'll be sure to include that in more Fountain Pen basics videos.

  • I'd like to see a video with commentary of different people and their process of finding the right pen for them. with the thousands of choices i could use some help.

    is there a way to choose a pen online? it is not natural for me to buy something i haven't experienced yet. any pointers?

  • I greatly prefer the converter. I use my fountain pens (almost all of them are Watermans) all the time and I've gotten accustomed to even making sure that I take a bottle of ink on travel (surface rather than air travel) with me. The cost and relative lack of ink choices when using cartridges make them less attractive to me.

  • Excellent! I just bought a fountain pen and converter and was wondering how I would get the ink into the converter once the cartridge that came with it finally ran out of ink.

    Thanks.

  • Breck Breckenridge

    Brian, I sent you a private email on the subject of woods, q.v. Also please know I have really enjoyed all of your videos, esp. the paper torture test!! Breck

  • Linda Dimitroff

    Excellent video, thank you! But I have a problem, the ink cartridge in my new fountain pen won't flow! I reinstalled the cartridge (full ink, new), and ran a little cold water over the nib. No luck. I saw somewhere that Parker is a harder pen to get a flow. Any suggestions?

  • Alex at Goulet Pens

    Hey Linda! That's interesting,but I do have a couple suggestions. The first would be trying to 'massage' the cartridge to get ink flowing into the feed and to your nib. If that doesn't help, try tapping the nib on paper for a little while and see if that forces the ink to get flowing. Lastly, maybe try storing the pen nib side down for a little while — gravity might take it's course and get it going for you. If you're still having issues after all that, if you have a converter you can use, try inking up your pen with it and making sure it's not a feed issue — if there is no progress, shoot us an email at info@gouletpens.com and we'll take care of you!