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Friday, July 20, 2012

FP101- Refilling An Ink Cartridge





I've talked about ink cartridges and filling mechanisms already in the Fountain Pen 101 series, and I want to build upon that with today's tutorial on refilling empty ink cartridges.

Why would you refill ink cartridges?

  • To save money, so you don't have to buy a converter for your cartridge/converter pen
  • Higher ink capacity, some cartridges have higher ink capacities than their matching converters
  • More ink options, as some pens only take cartridges like the Kaweco Sport and J. Herbin Rollerball pen

There are just a few things you'll need to refill your ink cartridges:
  • A pen that takes cartridges
  • Empty ink cartridges (you'll need to save these, as you usually can't buy them empty)
  • At least one ink syringe, two make the process faster
  • Water
  • Bottled ink

That's it! You're essentially just flushing the dirty cartridge out with water and refilling it with ink. This process isn't quite as convenient as filling a pen with a converter, but it can be really helpful in certain situations!

There are also a lot of other great uses for ink syringes, see my video on them here.

Let me know what you think about it in the comments :) See the other Fountain Pen 101 videos here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

16 comments:

  1. I have a couple of pens that for whatever reason don't work well with converters, and then theirs the case of the Preppy a pens who cartridge converter cost twice what a pen does and sometimes you just don't want to convert it to a eyedropper pen

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  2. While I have found that standard international cartridges do not hold up well to multiple refillings, Pilot cartridges are incredibly sturdy for this, as are Lamy cartridges.

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  3. Yes, that's exactly where this method can help.

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  4. I guess it's going to depend on the pen and the cartridge as to how well it'll work.

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  5. I've been saving up my empties to try this very thing - maybe this weekend, even. I have a feeling I'm going to have inky fingers very soon!

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  6. Nice! Inky fingers are a lifestyle for me :)

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  7. I've been having fun with this. I bought ink syringes and several ink samples from Ink Nouveau, and having the syringe allows me to get every drop of ink out of the sample bottles. I've been emptying a bunch of cartridges I've had around forever, and I love playing with the colors.

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  8. Nice! Yeah, syringes are some of the best tools you can have for your fountain pens, as well as a bulb syringe! http://www.inknouveau.com/2010/04/ink-nouveau-22-flushing-fountain-pen.html

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  9. Thanks for this, Brian! I'm sure you'll find a lot of links coming back to Ink Nouveau for your how-to videos, as your readers (viewers?) spread the news of your very helpful info for new fountain pen users. It's a great service you're bringing to the FP community.

    Someone commented about the life of re-used cartridges. While my experience has been that they last a long time, eventually they will crack; had this happen with a long internat'l cart (Waterman) at the LA Pen Show - inky mess!

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  10. Thank you! I'm glad that my effort is valued :) I'm enjoying doing all of the FP101 videos, I can tell it's helping a lot of folks out. I'm going to keep doing them for the foreseeable future, too, until I just run out of relevant topics! That'll probably be a while though.


    As for the cartridges, yes they do have a life, it's hard to say exactly how long. I'm sorry about your leak! Yikes! I think the life of the carts will vary depending on manufacturer too, I imagine very rigid ones like the Platinum ones will last longer than thinner ones like the Waterman.

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  11. The post is informative and i am sure it is going to help many people... for more visit http://www.cartridgesupplier.com/

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  12. I have a Montblanc LeGrand Traveller.

    Would an empty crack vial work as a cartridge in it?
    Thank you.

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  13. I'm glad I found this site, I was just about to buy a converter for my pilot prera, but now I can just refill it before I get one or decide to eyedropper it.

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  14. I used to have the MB 147 Traveller too. It uses standard international short cartridges. So, yes the same procedure will work for them.

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  15. What about Pilot Cartridges? Can they be refilled too?

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  16. I will second that bulb syringe! It is invaluable when cleaning a pen, it saves a ton of time.

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