FP101- Bottled Ink

Last week I introduced an FP101 video on Ink Cartridges, which are great for convenience or for simplicity of getting into using fountain pens for beginners. But if you really want the most benefit of fountain pen usage, bottled ink is the way to go. Bottled ink can be a little confusing for new fountain pen users though, so that’s why I’ve created this video.

Here are some of the questions I answer about bottled ink:

  • How long does ink last (in usage or storage)? (0:36)
  • How much does a bottle of ink cost? (1:42)
  • How do cartridges compare to bottles (for economy)? (2:04)
  • How do you store ink? (2:47)
  • Can you reuse ink (dump it back in the bottle)? (3:25)
  • Can you mix inks? (4:02) 

Of course there are other questions to answer, I couldn’t cover everything in one video. This should cover some of the basics though, and I’m happy to answer any additional ones in the comments.

See the other Fountain Pen 101 videos here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T13:45:51+00:00 July 6th, 2012|Fountain Pen 101|9 Comments
  • Vulcan1066

    what kind of ink is in that tiny little bottle?

  • It is a lovely image of all ink bottles. I also like keeping them together 🙂

  • Julie

    Your videos are single-handedly turning me into a fountain pen person!

  • That's Online, a German brand. We've been carrying it for a while, but other than its tiny bottle, there's not much to say about it.

  • Glad you like it 🙂

  • You're welcome/I'm sorry 😉 

  • loisness

    Hi Brian, Thanks for all the info and tips! Its slowly becoming an addiction….

    Just wondering – to shake or not to shake? (the ink that is).

  • You're welcome! Yes, it is a slippery slope indeed 🙂 

    Oh my gosh, I can't believe I didn't mention anything in the video about shaking the ink!! Gah, fooey. Well, some people swear by shaking, others swear against it. I've handled a LOT of ink, and I can honestly say that shaking is not only recommended but required for a lot of today's inks. There are a lot of inks with many various dyes and components that can settle out if sitting on a shelf for a few weeks or months, and you need to shake the bottle up to get everything all mixed back up and into suspension again before inking up your pen to get the true color of the ink. Put me in the 'shake it' club 🙂 

  • jameswfrost

    I was in a local stationary shop the other day, and noticed that they seem to just keep all of their inks out on a shelf, fairly near the front windows of the shop. You mentioned not keeping inks in UV light, so does that mean I should probably avoid buying from this shop?

    Thanks!